Coverage?, the excellent app that lets you examine US cellular carrier’s 4G and LTE coverage areas, has been updated this week – to Version 2012.10.
This update is listed as special rushed map update. Here’s more info on the details and purpose of the update, via the Coverage App Store page:
AT&T rolled out a ton of new LTE coverage last month, but didn’t have their own maps ready in time the iOS6 / iPhone 5 update.
This update includes map updates for both AT&T and Verizon, as well as completely redone and improved Sprint maps. We hope to have all new improved and detailed T-Mobile maps for our next update too.
We have been working hard behind the scenes to improve our map creation techniques.
We continue to monitor the carriers, and will time our next update to best capture the LTE roll-outs. While we only promise ‘at least’ quarterly updates to the maps – so far we’ve been issuing them every 2 months. Keeping up has been a tricky and labor intensive endeavor this year, and we appreciate your patience and support.
The goal of Coverage? has always been to assist with travel planning and routing for those of us who need to keep connected as we roam – where finding unexpected signal is a delightful bonus. Although we do realize that many folks are also using the app to help select which carrier to purchase a phone with. We are doing our best to balance the needs of these differing expectations.
I like the style of their update text a lot. The developers haven’t gone overboard with giving us too much back story, but they’ve shared enough to make us aware of their challenges and efforts to keep all users happy.
A few weeks ago I posted about the Coverage? app when I first discovered it. I was impressed with it then, and I’m glad to see this update and the developers’ approach – which should keep the app continually improving.
Here’s an App Store link for Coverage?; it’s priced at $2.99 and is a universal app for both iPad and iPhone.