iphone + election day + Madonna concert = meltdown in downtown San Diego

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by djrobsd, Nov 5, 2008.

  1. djrobsd macrumors 6502a

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    Not sure if this is a generic problem with the iPhone at concerts and sporting events, related to election day, or a combination of the two, but the data services were completely non-responsive last night at Petco Park in San Diego! I'm guessing thousands were probably trying to refresh their screens with election results, but who knows. Seems like AT&T might want to get some engineers over to Petco park and make sure their data networks are functioning even when the stadium is full... ;) Or perhaps it was just election day!

    LOL
     
  2. camarobh macrumors 6502

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    My wife and I were there also and both of our iPhones had the same problem, little to no data access. I attend 20-30 Padres games a year at Petco and have never had a problem with data access, so I am thinking it was the confluence of events that you outlined.....
     
  3. jlake02 macrumors 68020

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    Yeah I would guess the election had the system jammed :)
     
  4. Auzburner macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, that would make sense. I had slower data in Central New York all night last night. It was surely the intense and widespread usage.
     
  5. nickspohn macrumors 68040

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    that's what usually happens.


    new years is probably the biggest hog. followed by the election, christmas eve, etc.
     
  6. djrobsd thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  7. jhkaplan macrumors regular

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    I was at the Obama speech in Grant Park last night, and none of us had data access. I could make a phone call and send a text, but I could only receive texts when I was on the phone. I would get zero texts in standby mode, but the second I made a phone call, I received an avalanche of texts. But no data at all last night.
     
  8. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

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    It is not iPhone specific. Cells are designed to handle an avg. number of users and when a certain number is exceeded, performance will degrade.
     
  9. PoitNarf macrumors 65816

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    Madonna concert? The data channels were probably jammed because everyone was trying to occupy themselves with something else on their phones so that they could mentally drown out Madonna's voice :p
     
  10. daniels macrumors member

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    I'm in Boston and within 15 minutes of Obama being declared the winner I stopped getting calls. Voicemail was still downloaded, texting still worked and data still worked but I couldn't make or receive any calls. All of my friends with me had verizon and their phones worked perfectly
     
  11. Loonytik macrumors 6502a

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    Happens almost anytime you are at a large scale event and with almost any cell phone. It is certainly not uncommon.
     

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