The app will tell you exactly what your download speed and coverage is like in your location or anywhere else on the map. For people dealing with spotty cell service and dropped calls, this could be a useful tool.
A lot of you have been talking about your cell phone coverage lately. A group of telecommunications professors at Rochester Institute of Technology have an app for that.
It's simple and easy to use, and all you have to do is download the free Cellular Metrics app in the Google Play store. The app will tell you exactly what your download speed and coverage is like in your location or anywhere else on the map. For people dealing with spotty cell service and dropped calls, this could be a useful tool.
Cell phones play an important role in our lives, not just to make calls. Now more and more people are using them for internet, shopping, reading the news, watching TV and much more. If you don't have a strong signal you can't do any of that. Carriers like Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T all claim to have more coverage and faster networks, and now consumers can actually find out which carrier works best in their location.
The Cellular Metrics app allows you to measure actual download speeds for your carrier and compare results to other carriers. Researchers use crowd sourcing to collect data for the app to make the coverage map. This app was developed by a team of five professors at RIT back in 2015. Students also contributed to the development.
Bill Johnson is one of the professors who worked on the project. He says it can be useful for carriers to understand how they can improve the service for consumers.
"Coverage is the basic foundation of being able to do wireless communication, if you don't have radio frequency coverage as a link between the base station and the mobile device nothing is going to happen,” Johnson said.
If you’re into streaming movies and TV shows online, Clack Hochgraf, another professor who developed the app at RIT, says this can be useful for you.
"If [you’re] having trouble with [your] carrier and poor performance at their home or workplace [you] can go through and run a specific test run a download and upload test,” Hochgraf said. “[You] can collect that data and share it with [your] carrier.”
Cellular Metrics is designed with privacy in mind; it does not collect personal information. Many other apps similar to this one collect SIM card identity and information about your phone’s hardware.
For the app to work best, developers need more people to download it so that researchers will have more data about signal strength and connection speeds.
The app is free in the Google Play store.