NYC Deadspot Map Launched

Last month we wrote about how New York City was planning to let mobile phone users report on where the cellular dead spots were around the city for each carrier. When it was first announced, I wondered how well it would work – whether people would lie, or if they’d really remember to call in. Well, as found on Gizmodo, the maps have launched. The maps don’t look all that useful. First, it’s not clear how many people actually participated, and if it’s a fair sample. Even so, each map for each carrier is covered with so many (relatively large) dots, that it’s really not at all helpful in determining where there is (or isn’t) service. I’ve actually been in New York City the past few days, and the only thing I can report is that my phones (yes, plural) didn’t work on the subway, but have been fine everywhere else.

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