What's NewLTE coverage is rolling out across the nation faster than mold growing on a stale tortilla.
We are doing our best to keep up!
This new release features all new AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile maps. T-Mobile still has not started reporting their LTE separately, so we continue to mark their newly announced markets with a purple star (and this update includes their May & June announcements, so some markets may not yet be turned on).
Oh.. and if you'd like to be 'in the know' for when the next Coverage? update comes out, follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CoverageMapApp .
App DescriptionDirectly overlay and compare cellular carrier coverage maps! Perfect for travelers - research where you're covered across the USA!
** Follow our Facebook page to get update alerts: http://www.facebook.com/CoverageMapApp **
Coverage? focuses on helping mobile bandwidth junkies find cell signal as they roam. Save time looking up coverage on the carrier's websites, compare their claims head to head and better plan your travel routing to stay connected.
** The carrier's maps in your pocket: This app contains maps based off of each major carrier's data coverage map - as found on their websites. Quickly overlay the carriers you use, to create your own personalized coverage map on your device.
** No internet needed: Our proprietary coverage maps are stored within the app on your device - no downloading needed! Quickly access where you're supposed to get a signal, even when you have none.
** Urban and rural areas: Maps are at a regional level, and cover the entire continental USA, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.
** Carriers included: AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile
** Know where to roam: view LTE, '4G' (HSPA+ & WiMax), 3G, 2G and roaming areas as inclusive overlays, focus on finding the coverage type you desire. (Hint: T-Mobile does not distinguish between 3G/4G/LTE on their own maps. Their iPhone/iPad refarmed 1900 mhz markets are indicated with a yellow 'star' and their LTE with a purple star.)
Check http://www.technomadia.com/coverage for a quick video demo. We created this app because we are full time RVers ('technomads') ourselves who rely on mobile data to work remotely. Keeping this app updated is a priority for us, as we depend on it ourselves!
Q: Why aren't the maps more detailed or released more often?
A: We hand-create all the maps based on the carrier's reports - a very labor intensive process. The carriers are all rapidly rolling out new coverage and there's just no practical way to issue a new update everytime a new tower is turned on. We monitor new coverage and try to find balance between effort & staying current. We've been refreshing the maps every 6-8 weeks in 2012/2013.
Q: What makes 'Coverage?' unique?
A: There are great apps out there that collect user submitted signal reports - we love them. However, those apps are only useful in markets with an active user base. We took a different approach with Coverage? - we needed a tool to at least give us an idea of where signal should be - urban, rural and out in the boonies. Sure, carrier maps aren't a guarantee of where signal actually is, but it sure is helpful to know which direction to head when you need it!
Named 'Essential Tool' by Wired Magazine, 2011 App Guide!!!
** Winner - 'Most Useful App' - iOSDevCamp 2010 **
"this app can be indispensable" - Lifehacker.com (1/13/11)
The original goal of Coverage is to help fellow frequent travelers keep connected and plan their routes. Some have also found the app useful for shopping for their best carrier, even though our maps are regional - not neighborhood level detailed.
The maps in Coverage are our own proprietary interpretations of the coverage reported by each carrier. You should not rely on the maps in Coverage to be perfectly precise or absolutely timely, though we intend to update them at least quarterly. So far, map updates have been free - we may at some point experiment with in app purchases of more frequently released higher res maps.
Coverage does not report, collect or predict signal strength (there are already great apps out there for that!). We can make no promises as to where you'll *actually* get signal.. there are too many variables - towers, device, terrain, weather, etc.
So… Got Coverage?
May 31, 2013 New version 2013.5
April 04, 2013 New version 2013.4
March 20, 2013 New version 2013.3
January 17, 2013 New version 2013.1
December 04, 2012 New version 2012.11
October 17, 2012 New version 2012.10
December 22, 2010 Initial Release