Just stumbled across OpenCellID : Google may still be keeping the GSM cell ID database they’re using for Google Maps for Mobile closed. In the mean time, however, Thomas Landspurg (of J2MEMap fame) has started his own, collaborative open source effort to compile a free directory of GSM cell IDs along with their geo-coordinates!
There’s a mobile client for collecting data (only for J2ME though, so far, which means it wouldn’t work on the average Symbian device right now), HTTP APIs for submitting and querying cell ID geolocations, and a Google Map plus a cool KML network link for browsing cell locations.
From what I’ve seen there’s a whopping two cells mapped for Austria. But hey, it’s a young project. I’m definitely excited about this. See Thomas’ original introductory blog post here.
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