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downdetector.com show more with a service' recurrent incident

Have you been using, or watching, downdetector.com as your primary resource to monitor your digital service performance, if not unscheduled downtime, for a long time, and have been going back and forth for it? It's where some people like us, technology savvy and the curious we knew, go to quickly learn about some digital services, whether household or corporate resource are being affected, and the impact of others, associated or not, with those in the current incident, as they are listed, either in the mobile app or its website counterpart.  Did you know that there are few services that never gets to the list, too? We'll give them 5 star if we can. While the majority of those companies and brands in its categories including telecommunications, finance, internet, social media and gaming, shows up repeatedly. This is true regardless of where your country, which a present disruption and instability is happening, the moment you checked the status of a service,  and if trying to be

Probing mobile networks

On 14 May 2010 we were scheduled to go to several places and decided while on the road to use our phones to check how signals for Globe and Smart would switch from typical GSM signal or 2G, 3G and HSDPA or 3.5G.

The phones we used are both SE with models of G502 for Globe and C902 for Smart. Both are 2G, 3G and HSDPA capable.

Going to Libis, Quezon City, the following were the routes we take:

From EDSA along Roxas Blvd > Gil Puyat > Finlandia > cross South Super Highway > Philippine National Railway > Dela Rosa, Pio del Pilar > Makati Medical Center > Dela Costa > cross Ayala Avenue > between RCBC building and Cityland > Gil Puyat > EDSA > Boni > EDSA Central > Shaw Blvd > Ortigas Center > San Miguel Ave > Julia Vargas > SM Pasig > Frontera > Ortigas Avenue > E. Rodriguez > Eastwood City

Going to back to EDSA, Roxas Blvd, the following were the routes we take:

Eastwood City > E. Rodriguez > C5 > Kalayaan > EDSA, Roxas Blvd

Smart were consistent in 3G and were not able to detect HSDPA. Globe were able to switch on HSDPA, which has strong signal in places mentioned above (see bold texts), however 2G and 3G signals were also flickering in few areas along the way.

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