Seattle + 3G = misery.

WilliamG

macrumors G3
Original poster
Mar 29, 2008
9,060
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Seattle
Lately it's just gotten worse and worse with AT&T here in downtown Seattle, WA. I don't know what is going on with AT&T, but I really hope they get their act together. I'm tired of hitting the dial button on my phone with full service (apparently), and hearing those 3 tones indicating my call didn't go through. It's been bad all day here!!! I switch off 3G and all my calls connect instantly. I'm sticking with Edge today.

GAHH!!! AT&T.. you suck!
 

DoNoHarm

macrumors 65816
Oct 8, 2008
1,122
12
Maine
Lately it's just gotten worse and worse with AT&T here in downtown Seattle, WA. I don't know what is going on with AT&T, but I really hope they get their act together. I'm tired of hitting the dial button on my phone with full service (apparently), and hearing those 3 tones indicating my call didn't go through. It's been bad all day here!!! I switch off 3G and all my calls connect instantly. I'm sticking with Edge today.

GAHH!!! AT&T.. you suck!
this is why i'm holding off on buying the iphone. so far i've been using the ipod touch to make calls on skype. when there is competition, i'll buy!
 

Rayfire

macrumors 68030
Aug 25, 2008
2,562
128
PNW
Odd I work at downtown too and 3G coverage is good on my end. You might want to call AT&T and ask for a signal reception boost, they will ask you to turn off your iPhone then turn it back on and you will get a system message from AT&T, this might help.
 

WilliamG

macrumors G3
Original poster
Mar 29, 2008
9,060
2,519
Seattle
Odd I work at downtown too and 3G coverage is good on my end. You might want to call AT&T and ask for a signal reception boost, they will ask you to turn off your iPhone then turn it back on and you will get a system message from AT&T, this might help.
I'm in the Belltown area, and it's so sporadic. Some days it's great, and other days it's terrible. Other people in my apartment block with 3GSs complain of the same thing when I bring it up. And we have full signal here.
 

Rayfire

macrumors 68030
Aug 25, 2008
2,562
128
PNW
I'm in the Belltown area, and it's so sporadic. Some days it's great, and other days it's terrible. Other people in my apartment block with 3GSs complain of the same thing when I bring it up. And we have full signal here.
I'm by downtown near Westlake, I'm using just an iPhone 3G and our office is somehow inside the building but I get good reception. I get dropped calls though on Lakecity, which is annoying. I already reported it using that Mark that spot app that AT&T released.
 

0970373

Suspended
Mar 15, 2008
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1,406
Uh oh. I'm heading home for the holidays. Is it really that bad? My family house in Northgate has always had terrible reception but I always thought it was fine everywhere else.

Is it a signal thing or is it overloaded networks?
 

iPhoneStore.com

macrumors newbie
Dec 7, 2009
22
0
NYC
I know it is somewhat of a long shot, but this happened to me a few months ago... someone bought one of those Chinese crap cell phone jammers, had it installed in their car and never turned it off. Problem was, it wasn't programmed correctly so all it would do is jam 3G, but the Edge network still came in perfectly. But, if it is happening while you are in the car as well, I doubt it's a jammer. Try bringing it to the Genius Bar and see what they think, can't hurt!
 

rjohnstone

macrumors 68040
Dec 28, 2007
3,523
3,529
PHX, AZ.
Could be tower saturation.
Sure you see 5 bars, but the tower(s) could simply have too many users on it.
I would contact AT&T about it regardless.
 

Rayfire

macrumors 68030
Aug 25, 2008
2,562
128
PNW
Uh oh. I'm heading home for the holidays. Is it really that bad? My family house in Northgate has always had terrible reception but I always thought it was fine everywhere else.

Is it a signal thing or is it overloaded networks?
Northgate (just a little bit north of Seattle) actually has a pretty good AT&T 3G reception, so don't worry about it.
 
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