Monthly Archives: September 2015

Google goes LTE-Advanced with its new Nexus phones

Apple isn’t the only one taking the leap into faster mobile networking technologies with its new flagship phones. Both of Google’s new showcase handsets, the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, sport new Qualcomm chips that can tap into the growing … Continue reading

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Netflix starts streaming 6 miles up thanks to Virgin America deal

The draconian restrictions on inflight Wi-Fi are easing up – at least on some airlines. Rather than ban streaming video in planes like most airlines, Virgin America is actively encouraging its customers to binge-watch their favorite programs on Netflix. A … Continue reading

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Apple just unleashed 13M new LTE-Advanced phones on the world

The big mobile industry news over the weekend was of course the launch of the next generation iPhones, the 6s and the 6s plus. Apple said on Monday it sold at least 13 million of them since they went on … Continue reading

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OpenSignal iOS update! Version 2.3 Released

If you are an OpenSignal iOS user, we’ve got some exciting news. Today we released version 2.3 of our OpenSignal iOS app. So what has changed? A LOT! Okay, okay – here are the top four things that we’ve added, fixed, … Continue reading

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How crowdsourcing is mapping the communities everyone forgot

Since OpenSignal depends on community crowdsourcing to collect data from millions of smartphones, we’re always interested in interesting crowdsourced projects. One that caught our attention is the Missing Maps Project, which aims to map out vulnerable neighborhoods and communities around … Continue reading

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The State of LTE in September 2015

Today OpenSignal released the next installment of our State of LTE report, which tracks the coverage, speed and overall performance of 4G networks worldwide. This is our most comprehensive LTE report to date, including data on 183 operators globally drawn … Continue reading

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AT&T looks beyond the smartphone

When AT&T Mobility chief Glenn Lurie took the stage at CTIA’s annual trade show in Las Vegas he didn’t say a word about the iPhone 6s or for that matter any of the other new smartphones coming to its networks … Continue reading

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Verizon gets bullish on 5G (perhaps prematurely)

Verizon was one of the first operators to make a big commitment to LTE, so it makes sense that it would come out as an early backer of LTE’s successor 5G. Today Verizon announced it would begin field trials of … Continue reading

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Are Rio de Janeiro’s mobile networks ready for the Olympics?

Last month OpenSignal released its State of Mobile Networks for Brazil, but given the 2016 Summer Olympics are less than a year away, we thought it a good idea to drill down into that data to see how the host … Continue reading

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Vodafone ads claiming its voice coverage is “unbeatable” are banned

Vodafone has drawn the ire of the U.K.’s advertising overseers for a marketing campaign that claims the operator is “unbeatable at connecting your calls.” The Advertising Standards Authority on Wednesday ruled that Vodafone had to stop running the web and … Continue reading

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