Data doesn't work at Bears game?

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  1. MultiMediaWill macrumors 68000

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    I was in Chicago for the opening Bears football game and in the stadium it said I had 5 bars but I could not open any website neither could my mom and we both have iphone 4's. What could be the problem?
     
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  3. iMacDragon macrumors 65816

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    signal saturation in a small partially enclosed area with thousands of people, all with mobiles.
     
  4. iRebound macrumors regular

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    I've experienced that a few times on the strip in Vegas
     
  5. M-5 macrumors 65816

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    I live on campus next to my uni's football stadium, and every Saturday when there's a football game with around 100,000 attendees, I'll generally lose my signal or my text messages won't go through.

    It sucks, but it was worse last year when I lived closer to the stadium than I do now. Once the game is over and everyone leaves, I'll get much better reception.
     
  6. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    It makes sense.
    At that particular time there's thousands of wireless clients trying to connect to the same 1-2 celltowers in that area and thus bringing them down to their knees.
    I had the same prob at a Patriots game.
     
  7. rodion.foma macrumors newbie

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    I have the same idea as you
     
  8. fenderbass146 macrumors 65816

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    Yea I saw a u2 concert there and even though I bad full bars I could not even send a text. Same thing at the cell
     
  9. detroit1 macrumors regular

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    ive heard setting it to edge helps but havnt been able to try yet..anyone done this?


    and go lions we got robbed
     
  10. thunderbunny macrumors 6502a

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    I always have the same issue at (real) football games in England, even using EDGE
     
  11. fenderbass146 macrumors 65816

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    real football lol
     
  12. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Happens when I go to the Rockies or Broncos games as well. Just too many people in the same area.
     
  13. Loonytik macrumors 6502a

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    Here's an idea...put your phone in your pocket and watch the game!

    Hahaha...this made me laugh. You mean where all those pansies get brushed on their arms and fall down like they have been hit by a truck? Women's SOCCER has more balls.
     
  14. Shodai80 macrumors newbie

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    Welcome to AT&T in Chicago. Enjoy your miserable experience!
     
  15. cecoleman macrumors regular

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    Pretty much what everyone said... 65,000 people and half of them trying to access data all at the same time. Some arenas and stadiums are putting in WiFi throughout the stadium to lessen the loads.
     
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    iceterminal macrumors 68000

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    Neither does their offensive line!

    "When asked about his thoughts of his offensive line after giving up 9 sacks in the first half of the football game, Jay Cutler mumbled something unintelligible about being afraid of cheese and lint. Back to you Ron."
     
  18. Gen macrumors 6502a

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    OR, let's watch a barbaric game where players give each others concussions for amusement ... yeah, a real sport - where people actually suffer long term brain disabilities.
    Great argument, really.
    It's a sport - not a colosseum.
     
  19. No ice please macrumors 6502

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    Glad to see everyone is on topic....

    OP AT&T towers are pretty weak under stress so expect that more often. Even at the Pennstate game I went to I couldn't even upload a photo of the game until everyone was gone.
     
  20. David-fr macrumors 6502

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    I know right Real Football played 99% of the time with the foot :D

    Same issue here, not everywhere though!

    I went to Madrid and saw a match at the Bernabeu stadium and could do data and texts, may be they prepare for events like this?
     
  21. mpossoff macrumors 68020

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    How does other networks work in the same situation?
     
  22. ecschwarz macrumors 6502a

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    The same way...no matter what carrier/type of technology, too many cellular users connected to a tower is gonna slow things down or kill it completely. This also happens with WiFi networks in some cases...
     
  23. iceterminal macrumors 68000

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    Hmmm, I think its different.
    People in Spain go to the stadium to watch the game.
    People in America go to the stadium and call/text to let people know they're AT the game.
     
  24. David-fr macrumors 6502

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    So i guess that means Football (with the foot) is more engaging than Football (with hands). Interesting point.

    Disclaimer:

    I know that works because i was sending my girlfriend a picture of Ronaldo celebrating a goal. I don't know what she sees on that guy that i dont have >_<
     
  25. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Lol :D
    I think you summed it up pretty good.
    People go on a football or baseball game in the US and they update their facebook status, upload pics and post on twitter to let every one of their friends know they're there and how cool they are:D
     

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