If you're using your cell phone in the middle of an office building, your connection probably won't be as good as that of a co-worker sitting by a window.
But what if your smartphone could link with your co-worker's phone for faster service?
Now M87 has raised
The company previously received
M87's technology was invented at the wireless engineering department at the
Founded in 2010, M87 develops software that enhances connection speeds on smartphones by automatically routing to faster data paths. Its software searches for nearby cellular devices that have stronger signals, allowing a user's device to match the connection speed of the faster device.
The software is embedded in a smartphone's operating system. Because users are sharing their cellular connection and not their service plan, it doesn't affect data usage or allow access to another phone owner's data.
The company is targeting mobile carriers, which M87 says would benefit by seeing an increase in the speed and overall capacity of their mobile networks.
"We are big believers in the way device-to-device connectivity can improve the performance of cellular networks for our customers,"
M87 said it currently is running software trials with major U.S. carriers. Its first software deployment is scheduled in
The 15-person company, which has offices at Seventh and Brazos streets downtown, is led by CEO
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