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Measuring mobile carriers: Open Signal

Techstination feature for Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Techstination, your destination for gadgets and gear.   I’m Fred Fishkin.   Mobile carrier claims can be pretty confusing.   Who has the widest coverage, who has the fastest coverage?     An app and Web site called Open Signal can help to cut through the clutter….and even help you get the most out of your phone.   Sometimes it can be a matter of which direction to point  your device.   CEO Brendan Gill it works through what you might call crowd sourcing…

“The app itself actually collects data on the coverage and performance you’re experiencing and across all of our users, of which we have had 20 million downloads of the app so far, we’re building up a global database on coverage and performance.   So we can use this to provide recommendations to consumers of which network is going to offer the best service in any particular area.”

Valuable info.   Open Signal can also help you to find WiFi hotspots.

You can find us at Techstination.com.   I’m Fred Fishkin.

 

Categories: Mobile Devices