gr8signal

gr8signal


The gr8signal application is all about giving consumers access to the signal quality within South Africa in as simple manner as possible. The intention is to assist users in making an informed decision with regards to selecting the best cellular provider for their requirements, area of use etc in a way which has a significant impact on their individual signal experience.

This is achieved by collecting and assessing data on signal quality via an application that is installed on South African cell phones. Once a user has installed and initiated the application it will continuously measure the actual signal in the background. At the same time, it will also record and plot the type of Internet connectivity that the user is experiencing at a specific location. This data is then uploaded to the gr8signal’s servers (by default over WiFi only). The collected data is collated and plotted on the gr8signal website (www.gr8signal.co.za) where it is graphically represented in an easy to understand and meaningful manner.

As phones measure signal differently, with some not providing even signal bars, we have chosen standardised the signal bars quantity using the formula below.

Less than 91dBm as 1 bar
Between 89dBm and 75 dBm as 2 bars
Between 73dBm and 59 dBm as 3 bars
Greater than 57 dBm as 4 bars

This is also used for the odometer chart where each bar is equal to 25%.

This application has been developed by LucidView (Pty) Ltd and MyBroadband.co.za

Recent changes:
1.13

*Improved logging and battery on older devices.
*Fixed upload bug with large amount of logs to upload.
*Fixed app performance when all location systems are turned off.

1.13.05
*Fixed problem with database locking.
*Minor GUI fixes
*Version now displayed in about page
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4.1
User ratings
55
Installs
1,000+
Concerns
1
File size
1786 kb
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About gr8signal
The gr8signal application is all about giving consumers access to the signal quality within South Africa in as simple manner as possible. The intention is to assist users in making an informed decision with regards to selecting the best cellular provider for their requirements, area of use etc in a way which has a significant impact on their individual signal experience.

This is achieved by collecting and assessing data on signal quality via an application that is installed on South African cell phones. Once a user has installed and initiated the application it will continuously measure the actual signal in the background. At the same time, it will also record and plot the type of Internet connectivity that the user is experiencing at a specific location. This data is then uploaded to the gr8signal’s servers (by default over WiFi only). The collected data is collated and plotted on the gr8signal website (www.gr8signal.co.za) where it is graphically represented in an easy to understand and meaningful manner.

As phones measure signal differently, with some not providing even signal bars, we have chosen standardised the signal bars quantity using the formula below.

Less than 91dBm as 1 bar
Between 89dBm and 75 dBm as 2 bars
Between 73dBm and 59 dBm as 3 bars
Greater than 57 dBm as 4 bars

This is also used for the odometer chart where each bar is equal to 25%.

This application has been developed by LucidView (Pty) Ltd and MyBroadband.co.za

Recent changes:
1.13

*Improved logging and battery on older devices.
*Fixed upload bug with large amount of logs to upload.
*Fixed app performance when all location systems are turned off.

1.13.05
*Fixed problem with database locking.
*Minor GUI fixes
*Version now displayed in about page

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A Google User
Jun 4, 2014
Awesome! Great concept. I'll use it and share to everyone. EDIT: it's been a while since the last update. Rated 3/5 now. No idea if this is still active.
A Google User
Nov 3, 2013
Great independent indicator of network strength in your area. Great concept! Uses very little battery. Great as an independent indicator of signal strength of the various networks in your area. Dependant on strength in numbers, so please share with all your friends.
A Google User
Mar 25, 2013
Crashes constantly 1 star coz it never worked and just keeps crashing constantly
A Google User
Mar 25, 2013
Crashes constantly 1 star coz it never worked and just keeps crashing constantly
A Google User
Mar 4, 2013
Great!!! Great app. Even though im only one in my town using it. It helps me and for future use other people!