Want Real World Maps for LTE Coverage? There's an App for That

AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint all offer coverage maps showing just how great their high speed smartphone data connections are, but those aren't always a completely realistic representation of what sort of signal strength you can really expect. If you want to see what kind of signal strength people are really getting in most any area, there's an app for that -- and a website, too.

Sensorly shows realistic cell service coverage mapsSensorly shows realistic cell service coverage maps

Sensorly is a handy service where users can volunteer to share information about the 4G/LTE signal strength they get on their iPhone or Android-based smartphone, and that data is then aggregated to show exactly where the strong or weak signal areas are. The darker the color on the map, the stronger the signal is.

Sensorly is available as an iPhone app, tooSensorly is available as an iPhone app, too

The Sensorly website lets you enter a city and carrier to see coverage maps, as well as maps showing upload and download speeds. The iPhone app does the same and also includes a built-in speed test tool. You can choose whether or not to share your speed test results, and the app maintains a history so you can see if performance changes over time.

Sensorly is free to use both through the website and iPhone app. The Sensorly app is a free download at Apple's iTunes-based App Store.