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BBC to map UK mobile coverage with crowd-source Android app

The BBC has launched an app to help create an overview of mobile coverage across the UK. Running next month, the app will try to gauge and map out both 2G and 3G coverage.

You can download the Android app now to join in what the BBC is saying is the first independent survey of its kind.

As Electric Pig has noted, it’s not the first time crowdsourcing has been used to build a bigger picture of network coverage.

Last year Vodafone used Twitter to collect info on customers’ location and signal strength.

The app from the BBC does it all automatically plucking signal information and tieing it to your GPS location data.

The Beeb ensures users that the app won’t gobble up your data, so if you feel like signing up you can download the app below.

“Our coverage app will provide the information consumers need to see if 3G services are available and from which mobile operator.

“As mobile broadband is important to many of us, we hope people volunteer and make the project a success,” said Gavin Johns, chief executive of Epitiro, the network analyst firm behind the app.

 

Source: BBC

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