A coverage map that's, well, better

Don't be offended, but this coverage map isn't very usable:

http://ting.com/coverage

  • The mouse wheel doesn't zoom and unzoom.
  • It's slow.
  • You can't maximize it.
  • It doesn't load nearby tiles, so every time you pan the map, it has to refresh from the server.
  • Double-clicking does not zoom in.

Really, can't you just use Google Maps for this?

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  • Complain to Sprint, it's their coverage map. As an MVNO, Ting likely doesn't even have a full tower list. They couldn't provide what you're asking even if they wanted to. They refer all coverage issues to Sprint, as it's their problem.

    If you look at the other major providers, it's the same story. They're providing "coverage maps," if you can even call them that, because they legally have to. However, they have little incentive to make the maps easy to navigate. That would just make it easier for people to find holes in their network, and they clearly don't want that. You might try something like http://cellreception.com if you want something based on google maps.

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  • Not offended at all, and totally agree the maps are a UI nightmare.

    Let's just say we are working with Sprint to make them better. :)

    Ryan: thanks for the link!

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  • Just ran across this:https://network.sprint.com/ where the towers are and what's planned for the next 6 months and recent upgrades.

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  • Thanks so much Jon - that's a great link!

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  • Why not use the sprint maps directly at ting.com? Why are the colors different between ting and sprint. If sprint is our network, why not get permission to link to the sprint maps directly? just relabel the maps when displayed at ting.com

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  • The map on Sprint proper assumes roaming agreements not normally available to MVNOs, and also includes some unrelated things like iDEN and DC coverage. They're actually different, it's not just cosmetic.

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  • This is a very good real coverage map  for 2,34G. I was in Buffalo, NY and Pittsburgh, PA which are not listed for 4G LTE yet. They showed pockets of 4G LTE. This maps shows those same areas where I had reception

    http://s4gru.com/index.php?/topic/4145-sprint-lte-coverage-maps-via-sensorly/

    It also shows other carriers.  It would be nice if Ting can some how add this map to their site

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