Ericsson releases "free" cell-id lookup API

Thomas Landspurg t.landspurg at
Tue Nov 10 14:54:52 CET 2009

 Agree, as far as I know, there is no way to most on the device to
access to these informations. What I know is that now Google Map use
frequently location provided by operators (and not by their own
database). On the operator side, you can have a better location than
just the cell because the networks also knows the neighbouring cells
and other parameters, but this require changes or new equipement in
the network, which is costly.

2009/11/3 jeanmatthew <jeanmatthewjohnsson at>:
>>> Are there any devices that supports access to
>>> these measures? To do any kind of combination you still need to extract
> all
>>> of the data from the device and send to the server. Google doesn't have
>>> access to any kind of data from the network.
>>Google Maps apps even on pre-android phones (Java Mobile Edition) have
>>had access to cell-id via the various proprietary java interfaces
>>net.rim.device.api.system.GPRSInfo.getCellInfo().getCellId() on the
>>blackberry etc). These interfaces are what allowed the OpenCellID
>>project to exist before the freerunner was released.
> But are there any devices that support the reading of signal_strength and
> timing_advance from all neighbouring cells so that these can be supplied in
> the request to the Geolocation Network API? The proprietary interfaces I
> have seen only supports the cell you are currently registered to and not the
> neighbours.
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