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T-Mobile Upgrades Its Maps With Crowdsourced Data

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In yet another new move, T-Mobile has now revamped their coverage maps to include data crowdsourced from customers. For most carriers, a coverage map is merely where they expect you to have coverage, but now you’ll really be able to see exactly you’ll have coverage on T-Mobile where data has been reported. Here is what’s new according to T-Mobile:

  • Customer-verified coverage based on actual customer usage, resulting in a vastly more transparent and accurate map, showing, for example, exactly where you can expect 4G LTE, 4G, 3G or other levels of coverage.
  • A Verified Coverage icon indicating where the majority of data is provided by T-Mobile customers reporting their actual network experience, providing an added layer of confidence.
  • Data that’s updated twice monthly − compared to data presented on the carriers’ maps, which is already dated by the time it’s printed and published and may be months or even years old.
  • Speed test data from trusted third party apps showing average download speeds from customer speed tests over the last 90 days.

In order to get this data, T-Mobile will be getting it from third-party services such as Speedtest, Inrix, and various other data sources. The map will be updated every two weeks with new data, so as T-Mobile upgrades their network we should visibly be able to see the improvements.

So if you’re switching to T-Mobile or just curious to see how their network is grown, you’ll be able to do that right on their website. It remains to be seen if the other carriers also do this.

Source: T-Mobile via Android Police