Service Alarm In Review – Sussing signal for your iPhone

We’ve all heard about the iPhone 4’s reception issues. Although that specific scenario is a result of the now known “death grip”, signal issues can still arise on any phone all on their own. I travel a fair bit and anyone that visits rural areas knows that sometimes you can spend forever just trying to catch a signal. Thanks to Synzian’s Service Alarm, your phone can let you know when you’ve got a good signal.

When I first saw this app I thought that it was sort of a waste. I spend most of my time in major city centres so for me, signal strength is a virtual non issue. It wasn’t until after a weekend away that this app really proved itself worthwhile.

Visiting family up north is always fun. Trying to use my cell phone however, is not. There are times where I’ll stare at my phone for 5-10 minutes waiting to see if it catches a signal. Its really boring and there are much better things I could be doing with my time. Thanks to this app, I could.

The app’s main purpose is to notify you when you connect to a network. Its really straightforward in every aspect. The first one I want to touch on is usage. When you launch the app, you see 2 icons. The first one (the biggest one) is your launch button. Once you tap that, the device will begin its signal hunt. The second (the gear in the bottom corner) takes you to your settings.

You not only can search for a carrier signal, you can also search for wifi. So if you’re kickin around and want to see if you can get some free wifi, this app will also notify you if/when it is successful. Other than that, the only other settings option offered is whether you want vibrate, sound or both.

As I mentioned before, to use the app you simply tap that big button on the main page. Afterwards, you will recieve a pop-up message letting you know that you have connected. That was great for me as I was just able to open the app and put my phone down while I did other things. Then when I heard the signal, I knew that my phone got on the network and that I could make calls.

Although I know that Service Alarm is not going to be for everyone, I would highly recommend this to anyone who travels to rural areas a lot. Like me, I’m sure you will find it incredibly useful. Don’t regard the length of this review related to the quality of it. There just simply isn’t a lot to write about. It does exactly what it says and very well at that.

App Summary
Title: Service Alarm Developer: Kei Turner
Reviewed Ver: Synzian 1.0 Min OS Req: 4.0
Price: $0.99 App Size: 4.2 MB
  • Nice simple design
  • Easy to use/understand
  • 1 button operation
  • A VERY niche app


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