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offline iphone app for direction to nearest Telstra 4G/3G tower?


Anyone recommend an offline iPhone app that could give the direction to the nearest Telstra 3G/4G tower for data?  



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Gee, mixedup, I was only thinking the same yesterday when out and about in the car but when I got back to base camp I forgot what I was going to look for.

Just as well the car knows how to get to base camp.

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I just found an app called 'Aus phone towers' looks OK.

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Its a good app for a bit of FYI about which tower you ar connected to, but you will not always get connected to the nearest tower. Eg I have a number towers that my phone connects to, a present it is connected to one 11km away, there is another 6.4km, another 5.8km, and the most connected tower is 7.0km.

However the phone shifts between them throughout the day, rarely do I connect to the closest tower because it is located in the township with the greatest demand.



-- Edited by Gundog on Wednesday 15th of September 2021 08:34:43 AM

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Years ago. My old dumb phone said which cell the phone was connected to. In Sydney at home more often I was connected to Watsons Bay towero even though Balgowlah tower was closer, but that was because we are below the hill.



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Why do you want to know where the nearest tower is? Are you intending to point a yagi at it? If so you'll also need to know the bands it supports.

Why do you want such information to be available off-line?

Such an app. would need to maintain a regularly updated database of all cell towers and their bands in Australia. That is a very significant and resource hogging issue and I'd be very surprised if anyone would care to write it or any handset to run it.

The one Doug mentions is not bad and the ACMA database will reveal all but is complex to use.



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maybe if you are out of service area, which way to head?

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thanks guys - 'Aus phone towers' seems ok but doesn't seem to be "offline" capable...probably easier using trial and error approach...

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