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Help iblipped Create a User Generated Coverage Map

iblipped iblipped is a cool little application/service spotted by Adam @Crackberry that aims to create a user generated coverage map. They provide a free application that measures coverage while using your GPS to find your location. This way they plan on creating a user generated coverage map like you can find at

The app runs in the background but since it is using your GPS all the time along with cellular connection to upload data there may be a battery usage constraint for users so keep that in mind. On the other hand a user generated coverage map could go a long way to proving to your carrier that reception sucks for everybody in your location.

You cannot see the map from the application but it is available at Let me know if you join in on the fun by downloading the application at this link.

From the description:

Today’s cellular phone network provider’s carrier maps are often out of date and/or inaccurate. The iBlipped site aims at gathering volunteered cell phone signal strengths to point out strengths and dead zones in cell phone providers coverage.
By taking users GPS and measuring their cell signal at regular intervals we can see just how good the coverage is.


  • Works for both CDMA and UMTS carriers
  • Signal Strength mapping using GPS
  • Time or Distance based based recording
  • Ability to halt/resume gathering
  • Displays cell site information
  • Upload signal strength to a website for analysis
  • Uploading data through email.
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  1. I joined in. Just on one BlackBerry though.

    And yeah, its a HUGE battery suck. It killed my fully charged Storm in under 4 hours. I may switch to running it on my Tour instead since it normally can go 2 days on a battery charge.

    From my BlackBerry Storm…

  2. How does this compare to the coverage map that Verizon is advertising?

  3. I don’t know if I can trust this yet. I’ve been submitting from my T-Mo 8900 and nothing has shown up on the map.

  4. Hmmm…. well, won’t work on my 8830 b/c verizon blocks the gps. And it won’t work on my 8330 (even though sprint enables gps) because the phone’s not supported.

    So… sounds like a great product. :-L

    anyone know about iblipped for the Curve 8330?

  5. Great idea, but not quite there yet. It has a few problems:

    1. As others have pointed out, this is a battery killer. I think it tries to upload data too frequently. It needs to make a larger log file and then upload that less frequently.

    2. No distinction between carriers??? I would think the major benefit of this would be to enable you to choose the best carrier for your location. If you don’t distinguish the carriers then really what purpose does this serve?

    3. I believe there is a listener for the radio antenna in the blackberry API. I think you can set an action to occur when the signal is lost, such as logging the GPS coordinates. If you set the program up this way it theoreticcally would only use a trickle of power.

    • Kevin, there is a distinction on carriers on the website, just click on sprint, att, verizon, etc on the top of the screen… I do think that the interface sucks, I had to figure this out myself but hopefully it will get better.

  6. OK I am an idiot. I missed the carrier selection. So my complaint #2 above is moot.

    Sorry about that, I fully admit I am the person who jumps to conclusions that I normally yell at.

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