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best cell phone coverageLet’s face it, nothing drives you more nuts then a cell phone cutting out in the middle of your conversation. Worse yet, when you attempt to call them back, you have no coverage. All of this on top of the fact that your provider shows, according to their coverage map, that your area ‘should’ easily be covered by a strong signal.

No matter how much we fight it, until we get the technology, there is always going to be dead spots. However, now you can find out where they’re going to be with Signal Map. Signal Map is a user generated, cellular phone coverage map.

Once you jump onto the site, you will see exactly how it works. There are already a few thousand entries on the site including all major providers, their coverage details, the model of phone being tested and the exact location, via a Google Maps Mashup.

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As you can see in the above screen shot there are only a few entries for Ankeny, but you get the general idea of how it works. Once you click on a user’s entry, you have the ability to ‘Flag it Inaccurate’ and enter the proper signal strength in.

The below screen shot is an example of adding your own signal. You simply drag the red marker to your approximate location, enter provider details, phone details, and signal strength, and you’ve added your entry to the world.

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Signal Map is in extremely early beta, so it does lack some features you may want to see with future releases. Such as a combination of all user entries into a site generated coverage map. However, for as simple as it is to view and enter data, this really could be a handy website, especially for smart phone users, and frequent travelers.

What do you think of the idea? Do you think this is something you’d use regularly?

  1. Erik
    August 8, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Good idea, but the signal strength people are reporting are not actual. Cellumap is a better idea, since it uses actual signal strength measured on your phone:

    cellumap.com/

  2. Nita
    December 20, 2008 at 11:33 am

    does t-mobile have a chance of working in Sparta, GA?

  3. dave88
    November 28, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    If you want a free, objective way to check the reception in your area BEFORE you lock yourself with a specific carrier, you should really check out "Got Reception?" (http://www.gotreception.com).

    • T.J. Mininday
      November 29, 2008 at 9:45 pm

      Wow, looks like a great sites too. Thanks for the tip.

  4. Tweakwindows
    November 23, 2008 at 8:44 am

    It's available for few countries only.I hope they will extend the service soon.

    • T.J. Mininday
      November 23, 2008 at 9:55 am

      Yeah, I'm sure they'll be extending the countries very soon.

  5. magnoliasouth
    November 22, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    This is a neat idea, in theory. The problem I have with it is that they limit how many you can submit. Either they want to know, or they don't.

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