Thanks Meter 45
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Interesting. I wonder if less information is available about cell towers in the US. I've only ever seen towers identified by a CID (presumably Cell ID) and Cell LAC (Location Area Code according to googling). These appear to only be numbers. My current cell is 20012/8408*. There are a couple other numbers as well. I don't really understand what they are.
I can see this using Antennas or Cell Tower Locator from the market.
There are a variety of services that convert these to location information. One of them is built into the Maps application that you may have on your phone. Turn off GPS in settings, and watch the Maps app still locate you. Just, not as accurately.
There are a host of apps/widgets in the market that will give you an address from the OS-provided location. That location is available as coarse-grained and fine-grained. Coarse is network-based. Fine is GPS-based.
The carrier information is available in Settings->About Phone->Status.
EDIT: My phone has an option to display the carrier on the lock screen. However, I'm not sure if that is stock or due to the custom ROM I'm running.
* Yup, I just told the world that I'm sitting in downtown Cleveland. Figured I'd save the conspiracy-theorists the trouble of tracking that done and calling me a fool for posting it.