Category Archives: Understanding signal

Understanding mobile network experience: What do OpenSignal’s metrics mean?

In this blog post, we’re taking a deep dive into the very core of OpenSignal: explaining the metrics we use, what they all mean and what their roles are in measuring the real-world mobile network experience as users see it. … Continue reading

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How speed test app Meteor can boost your mobile gaming experience

This has probably happened to you before. You are playing a first-person shooter (FPS) but you find yourself losing terribly because you are a few milliseconds behind everyone else. You might be a great FPS player, but there’s no way … 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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Data throttling: Why operators slow down your connection speed

You’re surfing on a wide-open 4G connection and suddenly see data speeds slow down to a snail’s pace. Mobile networks often experience big fluctuations in performance, but this downgrade remains persistent – say for several days – and then your speeds return to … Continue reading

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The key to a faster network: A smaller network

We’re accustomed to seeing the cellular networks looming above us – big antennas mounted on towers, masts and the rooftops, beaming down their signals from up on high. But the mobile network soon will start taking on a more human … Continue reading

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2 technologies that will boost your phone’s battery life

Our smartphones are getting bigger, the applications we use on them are becoming more powerful and our appetite for mobile data is only growing. Those trends are taking a big toll on our batteries. You’ve probably noticed that the move … Continue reading

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No Signal?! Top Things to Try

No signal? Chances are, there have been occasions when you needed to make a call or use mobile data, but there just wasn’t enough signal. Did you discover that your network’s coverage where you live isn’t that great? Or maybe you’ve … Continue reading

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New OpenSignal live wallpaper: know your signal strength

Your phone signal is important, so why is it that the signal strength bars are tiny? The Nexus 6 has a screen of 1440×2560 pixels, the signal bars and technology indicator (that text that says “4G”, if you’re lucky) take … Continue reading

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Fi-ve reasons to love Project-Fi

Yesterday, Google announced its plans for a new mobile+internet service which will be available initially on Nexus 6 phones. It’s called Project-Fi. Google is releasing some awesome developments into the telecommunications space – here are the top five takeaways on Project-Fi. Wifi … Continue reading

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Help Needed: Mapping LTE Bandwidth

There are multiple factors that influence the data speed you experience: the device you use, the network operator, the time of day, the signal quality where you are. We’re building models of how these factors come together, we’ll be publishing … Continue reading

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