Whether at home, work or on vacation, I'm sure many of you can relate to having that important phone call go directly to voicemail or that BBM not be delivered. Signal Tracker is a useful application in that it not only monitors your cell strength but tracks it over time and maps your location via GPS to pinpoint the troublesome areas.
Even though I'm in the suburbs, it's interesting to see the disparity once I've arrived in Manhattan for work, especially sitting at my desk where signal seems to be nonexistent. There is nothing wrong with trying to find the best signal no matter where you are.
For those of you who want to have this information available at your fingertips it provides detailed data and lays it all out in an easy to read graph for your review.
Interval tracking from 10 seconds to 10 minutes
Plot signals on the graph for easy viewing
Plot signals on the Map using BlackBerry Map. Requires Internet or WiFi connection
Live map view of the signals. Require Internet access
Get detail information about a specific saved signal
Network info such as mobile network, country code, location area code and cell id
Share signal with your friends
Export signal data to csv file format
Shows the Best and Worst signal on your tracked route
To start tracking your best and worse signal along a particular route, simply tap on the start button or the cell tower icon. From settings you can set the time interval used and even travel it live on the map as you move either through Wi-Fi or your internet.
Once completed, it saves the database to your SD Card or device memory that may be opened or graphed at anytime. Results are clearly laid out on the graph and you may even view the path you took as it keeps a record of your travels on the map. There is the option to view a summary of best and worst or you may long press on each one for a more detailed view. If you bring up the graph all entries are color coded by cell signal strength. Also, you may even zoom in on a particular location when viewing your route on the map and find your signal strength at that exact spot. Navigation is not complicated at all, nor is exporting and sharing data.
I decided to take this application all around Manhattan and even during my commute home. I used an interval of 30 seconds and not only walked over a mile around the city but hopped on the subway and the railroad. From my desk to my front door, it worked flawlessly, with my battery life seemingly unaffected.
Those who wish to know how signal strength is affected by their daily routine and want it presented in an easy to digest way can grab it for $0.99. While this may not be for everyone, it is available for all BlackBerry 10 devices. Signal Tracker is a Built for BlackBerry application and the popular developer is quick to respond to issues.
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