Coverage provides an at-a-glance, "universal" wide area overview cellular coverage map by interactively overlaying maps from the four major US cellular providers.
Coverage focuses on helping mobile bandwidth junkies know where carrier's claim they might be able to get their next hit, no matter what network (or combination of networks) they use.
** Know before you go: Coverage has standardized each carrier's data map so they can be easily overlayed, creating a coverage map that is relevant to your needs.
** No internet needed: All coverage maps are stored locally, so you can check where coverage is most likely even when you have none.
** Urban and rural areas: Maps cover the entire continental USA, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands for AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile. ('Coverage?' is not intended to give within-city level details - it's goal is to provide an overview while traveling)
** Know where to roam: view 4G, 3G, 2G and roaming areas as separate overlays, focus on finding the coverage type you need.
** Bask in the joys of mobile bandwidth while avoiding the sorrows of roaming usage caps and absent signal.
Check our website at http://www.technomadia.com/coverage to learn the story behind Coverage, and for a quick video demo.
Q: Why aren't the maps more detailed?
A: Creating the maps are a labor intensive process, and we can only include so much map detail in an app small enough to be downloaded wirelessly! The goal of Coverage is to give you a high level coverage overview - not neighborhood level detail or local maps around your home/office. Coverage will tell you what cities, towns, highways and counties have the best chance of a solid signal as you travel, and it works even when you are offline.
Q: What makes 'Coverage?' unique?
A: There is no other tool out there that allows you to overlay coverage maps from all the major carriers. Coverage has done the labor intensive work to create aligned, standardized interpretations of each carrier's reported coverage. For travelers who have devices on multiple networks who need to stay connected as they roam, this information is essential. Unlike checking individual carrier websites, Coverage is fast and easy, and it works even when you have a slow connection, or none at all.
** Winner - 'Most Useful App' - iOSDevCamp 2010 **
"this app can be indispensable" - Lifehacker.com (1/13/11)
"Coverage? is a really useful app. It will be used on every trip I take." - TUAW.com (12/22/10)
Note: Coverage is a Universal iPad / iPhone app. It does however require iOS 4.2 - the mapping overlay technology we use was not possible in earlier iOS versions.
In future releases, we intend to expand Coverage? to include:
- Higher resolution maps for better details.
- Collecting and reporting actual user-generated coverage reports.
- Location search
Note that 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 comprehensively up to date, though we intend to regularly update them. Coverage does not report or predict signal strength, just what each carrier claims on their own maps.
We can of course make no promises as to where you'll *actually* get signal. The goal of Coverage is to give you an indication of where you're most likely to catch a wave as you travel, not provide neighborhood level precision.
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