26 SEP

Coverage for iPhone and iPad Shows You LTE Network Maps for US Carriers

by Marianne Schultz

Apple finally jumped on the LTE bandwagon with the iPhone 5 and while US carriers have been frantically upgrading their networks, coverage isn’t even close to complete throughout much of the country. If you’re looking to get a new iPhone but want to know which carrier offers the best coverage for your area, there’s a quicker way to do your research than digging up each carrier’s coverage map: Two Steps Beyond’s Coverage for iPhone and iPad.

We first heard about Coverage in early 2011 when the iPhone 4 hit Verizon and US users could choose from another official carrier for Apple’s smartphone at long last. Since then, the app has seen regular updates to show the most recent network coverage for all official iPhone carriers plus T-Mobile in the US with the most recent update to version 2012.9 arriving this week to include the latest LTE coverage maps.

Using Coverage is dead simple. A map view is front and center and a few on-screen toggles in the top right corner let you select the carriers you’re considering and a few more at the bottom let you choose the network type you’re interested in. You can allow Coverage to locate you via your device’s GPS receiver and easily view the coverage in your immediate area or browse around the map to check out other locations.

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If you travel often and want to have an idea of the type of coverage you’ll find in various places, Coverage can be indispensable for you. Yes, you could navigate to each carrier’s website and look up their coverage map to find the same information (Coverage gets its maps directly from the carriers themselves) but it’s far more convenient to have them all in one place at your fingertips.

Something to keep in mind is that the quality of network coverage is not something that’s visible in these maps since the carriers don’t provide this information (and Coverage can’t show what the carriers don’t even share) so you may want to do some informal research by polling friends and family to check their experiences. LTE network coverage is pretty good in my area according to the map and I’m seeing some great speeds (50 Mbps down and 28 Mbps up as reported by the free Speedtest.net app) on AT&T’s LTE network on my iPhone 5 in the suburbs but I’m sure this will vary in downtown Boston proper where there will be more people to crowd the network.

Coverage is a universal app and it’s a great value at $2.99 to have this information on hand anytime you need it. Note that you’ll need iOS 5 or higher for Coverage and if you already have an iPhone 5, its interface has been optimized to take advantage of its longer screen goodness.

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4 Comments

  1. Riley

    I used this app on my current phone. I bought my iPhone 5 from Verizon since neither AT&T nor Sprint offers LTE in my area. I bought a new iPad with LTE a few months ago, and the speed is a real strong point. I use the DISH Remote Access app to stream my live and recorded shows to my iPad through the Sling Adapter connected to my receiver. It’s an app that really uses the network to its advantage. Overall I’m pretty happy with the network and I am looking forward to using it on my iPhone 5.

  2. Benjamin

    Haha… in Singapore not even the 3G network is working properly, not to mention having an LTE network. I’ve been talking to people from many countries about the new network standard, but to me it seems like there are only very point areas worldwide, where LTE is offered by the local mobile providers.
    I just hope that Apple is ahead of this development and is basically pushing this development with the new iPhone 5.

  3. mike

    The coverage does not work. Philadelphia and portions of south jersey have lte. Mine is in lte mode and I am 15 miles from Phila. Oh, I am on ATT

  4. Mark Paulsen

    After looking at the “Coverage?” app activity I’ll be waiting for this app to drop to it’s 99¢ price point. I’m guessing that is likely to happen during an upcoming holiday special.

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