Monthly Archives: July 2015

WifiMapper and the wonders of data collection

If you’re already enjoying of WifiMapper on your phone, you might know that it is the world’s largest Wi-Fi community – of which you are now part! Indeed, WifiMapper is powered by a database of more than 650 millions Wi-Fi … Continue reading

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Smartphones in the classroom 3: Learning from our apps

If you’re a frequent user of our apps, chances are that you chose OpenSignal to get better coverage and find the best carrier in your area, or downloaded WeatherSignal to check the temperature and pressure before leaving home in the … Continue reading

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Why have Apple invented a tiny island?

A few weeks ago one of our iOS users had a problem with our new app WifiMapper. Looking for Wi-Fi hotspots near the Eiffel Tower, and so typing ‘the Eiffel Tower’ into the search bar, they were redirected to a … Continue reading

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WifiMapper for Android

Two months ago we released WifiMapper for iOS – an app to help people find free Wi-Fi anywhere in the world, based on our crowdsourced library of over 500 million Wi-Fi hotspots. WifiMapper was a huge success, with over 100k downloads … Continue reading

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Wi-Fi Names: Neighbourhood Watch

This week’s Wi-Fi name blogpost looks at the concerningly passive-aggressive world of public communication using your Wi-Fi  name (yeah, grow up people) and all I have to say is bloody hell, can’t we all just love one another? As ever, these are … Continue reading

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8 Crowdsourcing apps (besides OpenSignal) we love

If you’re reading this blog post, chances are you already have the OpenSignal app running on your smartphone. If so, you’re part of a community millions-strong sharing information about their mobile network’s connections. All of that information goes into databases that … Continue reading

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Wi-Fi Names: Summer Loving

In honour of the fact that I got drunk in a park and told my girlfriend that I loved her when I actually meant to say ‘pass the pimms’, this edition of our favourite Wi-Fi names will be dedicated to … Continue reading

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The (slight) rise of _nomap

In 2010, Google streetview cars were found to be collecting data from unsecured Wi-Fi networks in 30 countries worldwide. The German privacy regulator described the issue as ‘one of the biggest known data protection violations in history’, and the scandal … Continue reading

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MVNOs: Taking your mobile service virtual

If you walk into a wireless store, you’re not going to be at a loss for choice of mobile operators – far more choice than would seem possible. Whether you’re in the U.S., U.K., or Spain, there are going to … Continue reading

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