AirPods cutting out in same location, anyone else?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by shayneox, May 13, 2018.

  1. shayneox macrumors member


    Jan 6, 2015
    Songtan South Korea
    Just curious, just got mine a week ago, I work on an AirForce base here in Korea, and each day I walk by the barracks with a cell tower on the roof, my airpods cut out alot...wondering if that is normal.

    Cell signal and bluetooth are two differant monkeys??
  2. sparksd macrumors 68000

    Jun 7, 2015
    Seattle WA
    They are two different monkeys and at least here in the US cell towers are governed by FCC regs and shouldn't cause interference (I certainly don't see it at a location nearby that is covered with cell repeaters - pic below).

  3. jonblatho macrumors 6502a


    Jan 20, 2014
    In my experience, when AirPods are cutting out it’s interference. A cell tower would not cause interference with Bluetooth devices as they operate on different frequency bands.

    Chances are it’s a high density of devices—not necessarily Bluetooth—clogging up the 2.4GHz band that Bluetooth operates on.

    As an example, I briefly worked at a UPS Customer Center and had to turn off Bluetooth on my iPhone any time I walked in the door because they had devices (not using Bluetooth, to my knowledge) using that frequency that were far more important than an inactive Bluetooth LE device.
  4. NoBoMac macrumors 68000

    Jul 1, 2014
    Interesting coincidence: not Airpods, but, my Bluetooth earbuds start cutting out when running next to an executive jet airport.

    There is a large cell tower next to the perimeter fence as well, but, the cutting out is highly localized. Approach from the east, starts flaking about 300yds away. N/S bike path running along the fence, no issue until about 50yds from cell tower, and then again about 50yds past the tower (and only right at those spots). Approach from the SE sidewalk, no problems.

    During workouts, I go past several other towers, no issues.

    I wonder if something along the lines of instrument landing systems, airport beacon, etc. Something transmitting from inside the fence line. But would not rule out something with the cell tower.
  5. shayneox thread starter macrumors member


    Jan 6, 2015
    Songtan South Korea

    And I am on an AirForce more than a coincidense.
  6. karnsculpture macrumors regular

    Feb 19, 2006
    London, UK
    Yes, happens to me when I am in railway stations, and at my local station if I stand in a particular place on the platform - if I step a few meters away from whatever is causing interference the sound is fine. Never have any issues when actually on a train, even if packed in at rush hour, but on station platforms or walking across concourses there are issues.
  7. twinlight macrumors 6502a


    Sep 4, 2016
    Happens very often near the security checkpoint at work. I think the air is congested with everyone’s phones, laptops, ipads and all other gadgets people carry. It is within a few meters of the same spot every time.
  8. LordEntropy macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2007
    I have had exactly the same thing in the same spot , and a friend of mine has said the same at another station. I also get a problem with my AirPods outside the front of my house when I cross the path of my Ring doorbell.
  9. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 603

    Knowlege Bomb

    Feb 14, 2008
    Madison, WI
    I have the same issue with my Bluetooth headphones when walking into/out of my gym. Happens without about 50 feet of the front entrance but only on the outside. Once I'm inside it's fine.

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