Wednesday, August 22, 2012
In an effort to look at "how wireless technology is affecting our lives" (Short answer: People can now find their news/smut/news about smut anywhere they want), Time has partnered with OpenSignalMaps to find which cities have the spottiest cell service in America.
Our fair pueblo came in sixth-worst, surprising only because it wasn't in the top (bottom?) 5.
Signal strength is typically measured in decibels — but the same decibel reading will produce different amounts of bars on different phones. You and your friend might stand side by side, your iPhone showing four bars while his Android shows five—and in truth you’re both getting the same amount of juice. The average reading in Tucson, according to OpenSignalsMaps, would likely be around the three-to-four bar threshold.
Furthermore, OpenSignalMaps and Time have apparently decided that Tucson's best carrier is Sprint, while the worst is T-Mobile.
For more, check out Time's slideshow here.