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Here’s how carriers test their coverage in places where no vehicles can go

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Here’s how carriers test their coverage in places where no vehicles can go
If your dream job is not half-laying/half-sitting in front of a computer from 9 to 5, this here unique job in the telecom business might be somewhat of an enlightenment for you. “Pedestrian tester” is the name of the rare type of a telecoms employee who has to go through the hardship of slowly walking around streets, parks, but mostly areas where vehicles can’t get into like malls, and carry five separate phones for testing a carrier’s network. That’s for the sole purpose of having tests from those hard to reach locations go to the carrier, so it could make fixes where needed.

Slowly walking is key - he has to imitate the average user who might be moving at a snail-speed while typing, or just glued to his screen. As a bonus you can blast music on your headphones as you’re intensely doing the slow walking routine.

The whole pedestrian testing affair goes on in 24 different British cities. We frankly don’t know if such a job exists in the States, but you could try searching for it - benefits include possible weight loss and a deep knowledge of all little corners, malls and other secretive places in your town.


A map of places where a pedestrian tester has to test network coverage.

A map of places where a pedestrian tester has to test network coverage.


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posted on 12 Jun 2012, 09:39 8

1. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


It's probably fun and all, for the first week. Then you will start to feel the drain of being on your feet walking around for 8 hours non stop.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 11:02 3

9. PhoneLuver (Posts: 469; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)


Been there, done that! You get to see some interesting behind the scene views. You're also allowed into "restricted areas" like airport runways which is cool.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 09:39 23

2. mercorp (Posts: 975; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


A salute for these people!
one like=1 salute

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 10:05 1

3. destr0y3r (Posts: 33; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


While doing this kind of job, you better don't get an Android or you'll get no connectivity everywhere!

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 10:28 7

5. Schuler28 (Posts: 26; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Maybe if you had an education, you'd know Androids get pretty good conncection. Next time don't post something that makes you look like a fool.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 10:32 6

7. tedkord (Posts: 5129; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Yeah, get an iPhone, just be sure you hold it right!

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 10:37 6

8. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


And you better hold the iPhone "just right" or you wont get a signal either!!! lol!!!

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 11:48 1

12. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


youre an idiot.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 14:46 3

14. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


You mean like the meeting I was at last Friday where the person sitting next to me with an iPhone4S had to ask for my Nexus to use maps because they had no bars?

Yeah...

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 16:14 1

15. skymitch89 (Posts: 1099; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


"Sorry, I cannot find what you are looking for because you do not have a network connection." (Said in a female Siri voice)

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 19:12 1

18. ApphoIe (banned) (Posts: 78; Member since: 31 May 2012)


Wow, what a stupid f*cking thing to say. I mean really, we see stupid sh*t posted here hourly, but that is by FAR the stupidest goddam thing I have seen anyone type out and present to the world to see all month. Kudos!

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 10:26 6

4. wumberpeb (Posts: 444; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


Get some good insoles and some orthapedic walking shoes, but an otherwise cool job...you'd be a walking coverage reference map

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 10:31 4

6. tedkord (Posts: 5129; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Can you hear me now?

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 11:17

10. destr0y3r (Posts: 33; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


no I can't, dont use Android Sir

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 11:49 2

13. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


youre an idiot x2

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 16:14 3

16. skymitch89 (Posts: 1099; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


"Sorry, I cannot find what you are looking for because you do not have a network connection." (Said in a female Siri voice)

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 11:18 4

11. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


this would be a nice job i do wonder if here in the states we have something like this. probably not.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 16:23 3

17. skymitch89 (Posts: 1099; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


This seem like it would be a fairly nice job to have, but the only problem would be finding shoes that are comfortable to walk in for 8+hrs a day, not to mention having the battery life on your phones to last through the full 8+hrs. I think that the cool thing about this job would be having the ability to play with different devices and not have to pay for them or the service on them.

It would be nice if companies here in the US did this but I doubt that they do, specifically Sprint where you can have full service in one spot, move an inch and have no service.

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