Anyone else in San Francisco notice a big change in 3G service Friday?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by oban14, Aug 30, 2009.

  1. oban14 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 4, 2008
    I've got plenty of complaints about AT&T/iPhone data connectivity, but my office was not one of them. With Verizon or AT&T, I would pretty much waver between searching for network/no connection, and having 1 bar. Useless in my building, but I accepted it... it was the other areas around the city I had a problem with.

    Friday I found I had full 3G bars sitting in my office. This has never happened, or anything even close to it. I figured my iphone had frozen so I restarted it. Same thing. It was no where near up to "3G five bars" speed but it did OK and certainly better than it had before, though it timed out a bit.

    Anyway, my point is that something very significant changed with AT&T service on Friday. Did anyone else see it?
  2. thelatinist macrumors 603


    Aug 15, 2009
    Connecticut, USA
    I'm not in San Francisco, but my first guess would be that AT&T activated a new tower near you. Congratulations!
  3. velvetelvis macrumors 6502


    Oct 26, 2007
    i think att is switching over bandwidths. it started in nyc, sf, and somewhere else. that could be responsible for your better service.
  4. oban14 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 4, 2008
    I did google, and apparently SF is getting the same treatment as NYC. What was interesting is that the "full 3G" was much slower than normal "full 3G" but I've been reading about network congestion anyway... or maybe they aren't done actually deploying it, just the signal is there now.
  5. VeNoMiZeD macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2008
    San Francisco
    I was complaining a few weeks back on here that my gym had 3G since it first came out. But since late June and until last week it was on edge. Now it's back on 3G and a lot stronger too. This is around the 24 Hour Fitness by Van Ness and Post area. They've must have been doing something on the towers.
  6. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Towers being upgraded via software and new hardware. Also, new lines to the towers to give them new bandwidth strength. That and the more open 850MHz band they are deploying should be responsible for your better service.

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