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

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

  1. djrobsd macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2008
    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!

  2. camarobh macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2007
    San Diego, CA
    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


    Nov 2, 2008
    Yeah I would guess the election had the system jammed :)
  4. Auzburner macrumors 65816


    Apr 11, 2008
    Syracuse, NY - USA
    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


    Jun 9, 2007
    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

    May 2, 2008
  7. jhkaplan macrumors regular

    Jan 29, 2008
    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

    Compile 'em all

    Apr 6, 2005
    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


    May 28, 2007
    Northern NJ
    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

    May 13, 2006
    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


    Jun 2, 2008
    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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