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Mobile phone database map shows real-time signal coverage

OpenSignalMaps reveals a new Internet service to show the real-time mobile phone signal coverage based on the Google Map.

Sheffield mobile phone tower map

Sheffield mobile phone tower map

The map shows that in Sheffield the Orange UK has 48 tower stations, while Vodafone UK has 19, T-Mobile has 27, Three has 4 and O2-UK has only 2.

Both Orange UK and T-mobile have their most towers in S10, S3 and S1 areas. However, Vodafone UK locates its most towers in S10 and S1. Whereas Three put its most towers in S3.

The map function is free and available for every Internet surfers and mobile phone users who have an Android phone.

According to OpenSignalMaps, the comprehensive database includes mobile phone towers, signal strength readings and Wi-Fi access. The data is collected via an application which is installed by the phone users. After the users having downloaded the application and installed it in the mobile phone, the date will be stripped of any identifying information and uploaded to the servers.

Sheffield mobile phone signal heat map

Sheffield mobile phone signal heat map

The company also said that the data was “completely anonymous” and they “do not track person details such as name, e-mail, passwords, etc.” But the user’s phone model will be identified and recorded.

iPhone and Blackberry applications will be available

The company is working on the iOS software which will allow iPhone users benefit from the service in the future. It also said the Blackberry application was under consideration. However, for the vast Nokia users, the company has not formally declared any plans regarding to Symbian application.

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