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Find the best network nearby - handy smartphone map shows the fastest places

Find the best network nearby – handy smartphone map shows the fastest places

The network can never be fast enough. But while at home things with a landline connection are still pretty manageable, you’re exposed to fluctuating mobile phone coverage when you’re away from home.

But now there’s an easy way to see where the fastest network is. Ookla speed test app has versions for Android Y iOS an overview map showing cell phone coverage from various providers.

Mobile coverage map

Handy map with nearby cell phone coverage

Image: CHIP

How fast is the mobile network where you are? Of course, you can do a benchmark, but the question of what the network coverage is like in the area is also interesting. This is useful, for example, when you’re on the go and don’t have 5G reception. A look at the map in the Speedtest app will answer this question.

In the overview, you can see where 5G, LTE, or just 2G/3G is available, broken down by carrier. Cell phone dead spots are also listed. It’s all handy if you’re looking for faster mobile communications or considering switching mobile network providers. Simply mark the places where you frequently use your cell phone, such as at home or in the office.

The data displayed comes from app users who turn on location sharing. Accuracy is broken down into individual lanes. In some cases, you can even see if you have better cell phone reception than your neighbors across the street.