Android will be helping people break up with their current mobile phone plan after they released a new application called Glove. The application uses a person’s location and phone habits to monitor their phone for three days. After those days are up, the application sends the user an email that ranks phone carriers and recommends a phone carrier that is best for the user. The email from the Android application is also helping people choose their carrier by showing them the steps they can take to switch to another mobile phone service. The Android application uses voice and data performance to make its final decision.
A company called CrowdX, based in Israel, created the application. Glove has been launched today in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City. New York Times writer Edward C. Baig said that the test location, New York City does not include the city itself. Baig said that the application only applies to the five boroughs of New York City and not the main metropolitan area. The application also went through a pilot test in Israel before being released in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area. Glove compares your current coverage area to other coverage areas, which are Sprint, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile or AT&T. Even though the application runs in the background, it runs a clock that counts down the days until the test is over and gives people updates on what it is currently doing. For example, on the second day it might tell a user that it is comparing Verizon to Sprint.
Glove is free and does not contain ads. The company is still getting money from the application by getting paid an affiliation fee when a person switches to a new carrier. CrowdX promises that the fees do not affect the recommendations the application gives. When the application was tested, Glove data found that nearly 75 percent of the time people can be served on a better carrier than the one they currently have.
In the future the Android application might also be helping people do more than choose their phone carriers. Glove might be releasing other phone service applications that could help people choose the best pricing plans, customer service or decide the best handset from a certain provider based on geographic location. After Baig tested the application himself, he found two flaws with it. The first flaw was that when the phone is off the clock runs and that when the phone is off the app cannot collect data. The other flaw was that the phone will not help consumers who run the app while they are using Wi-Fi.
An application called Glove for Android phones was released today in New York City and the San Francisco Bay area. The application is helping people choose their mobile phone carrier by monitoring their phone for three days. The application runs in the background of Android phones and sends the user an email when it is finished. The email tells the user where the best carrier ranked among four carriers: AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile. It also provides the user with an option to call the company to get more information about the carrier and see available plans. Glove will not only be available for Android phones because an application made for iPhones will be released by the middle of the year.
By Jordan Bonte