What's NewOur sincere apologies for the slight delay in getting this update out. We've been pulling non-stop all-nighters writing "The Mobile Internet Handbook", but we managed to squeeze in some time for a major map update to 'Coverage?' too. Whew.
New maps from:
+ Verizon -- Including stars indicating the cities with XLTE!
+ T-Mobile -- We've added a visual distinction to T-Mobile's LTE stars so you can see where "Wideband LTE" has been deployed (brighter pink).
+ Sprint -- New LTE markets, and we now track Sprint's Spark network with stars indicating the cities!
+ AT&T -- A ton of new LTE coverage across the country. AT&T has not yet released a list of their cities with new enhanced LTE, but we're keeping an eye on it!
Of course, once all of the carriers include the enhanced LTE coverage on their own maps, we can include it too. For now, the best we can do is manually research and place markers on the maps to give some visual indication.
App DescriptionDirectly overlay and compare cellular carrier coverage maps! Perfect for travelers - research where you're covered across the USA!
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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 regional maps based off of each major carrier's data 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 graphically distinguish between 3G/4G/LTE on their own regional maps. Thus we manually insert dark purple stars to at least indicate their LTE markets.)
Check http://www.twostepsbeyond.com/apps/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: Our map updates require a lot of meticulous labor intensive processing. 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. Updates generally are issued every 7-10 weeks.
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
** Winner - 'Most Useful App' - iOSDevCamp
"this app can be indispensable" - Lifehacker.com
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 offer more frequently released higher res maps via in app purchase.
Coverage does not report, collect or predict signal strength (there are 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?
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