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Trying to use your smartphone at the ballpark is like trying to hit an R.A. Dickey knuckler

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Trying to use your smartphone at the ballpark is like trying to hit an R.A. Dickey knuckler
The baseball season is in full swing (pun intended, just drop some coins in the tip jar) which means that many of you have been visiting the local stadium to watch your favorite team. And of course, for most of us, that means taking our smartphone or tablet to the game. But the problem is that getting a decent network connection for data is as rare as a triple play. Recently, an experiment was done by some men and women attending a Detroit Tigers-Boston Red Sox game at Boston's venerable Fenway Park.

Can you use your mobile device while watching R.A. Dickey pitch live?

Can you use your mobile device while watching R.A. Dickey pitch live?

What the experiment revealed was that two of the carriers, Verizon and Sprint, became practically unusable at the ballpark. With Big Red, many requests for downloads simply failed. In other words, the nation's largest mobile operator had struckout. AT&T was the only carrier that offered any kind of a connection from the first pitch of the game to the last out. But the data speeds were about as fast as Prince Fielder running the bases. In fact, AT&T's data speeds were about a third of what they were minutes before and after the game.

While those involved in the experiment had no reason for the slow connection, perhaps during the game there is a lot of interference from television and radio broadcasts, competition from thousands of other smartphone and tablet users. Could the Green Monster keep out radio signals? Whatever the reason, don't expect to be able to have a great connection to monitor those out of town games that are important to your team.

If you've been to the ballpark this year and used your mobile device, how was the connection? Let us know by dropping a comment in the box below.

source: NBCSports

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posted on 07 Jul 2012, 14:35 4

1. ECPirate37 (Posts: 91; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)


I NEVER get good reception in Yankee Stadium. I get it as soon as I leave, but inside of the stadium, service SUCKS. It takes 2 to 3 tries to browse any web page. I'm on Sprint.

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 14:43 4

2. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


a thumb up to you for hating the boston redc*cks

posted on 08 Jul 2012, 23:49

22. networkdood (Posts: 6276; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


lol, dude, what is your problem?

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 22:52

16. crysiswarmonger (Posts: 78; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


I dropped sprint for poor coverage.

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 14:44

3. itiswhatitis (Posts: 422; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


If you talk about signal in stadium only bernabeu stadium of Real Madrid is capable of getting best signal because they signed up with cosco

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 14:47

4. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


i was in downtown columbus for their annual red white & boom fourth of july celebration and after 6-7pm i had no signal at all. none. but in all honesty there were a lot more people there than fenway park could ever imagine holding.

and boston really? ew. does anyone still like them? all i have to say is GO INDIANS! and GO YANKEES!! i hope the yanks kill boston again today.

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 14:57

5. Jayray78 (Posts: 13; Member since: 01 Jun 2011)


Tropicana Field in St Pete has terrible reception, but at least we have wifi. Raymond James has wifi too but I can never get it to connect. Reception is ok on LTE but unusable on 3G. I've only been in The Tampa Times Forum once and I can't remember if I got signal or not. One thing to remember is the large amounts of steel used in the construction of these places. Steel eats radio signals.

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 18:43

13. paulyyd (Posts: 327; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)


LETS GO RAYS AND BUCS

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 14:59

6. Baseballer (Posts: 132; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Horrible. I have sprint and am a season ticket holder for the rangers. I cant use my internet most of the time. If im lucky, facebook will refresh but that's it. Cant upload anything on instagram, can't check email, and cant really use the internet.

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 15:03

7. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


i think instagram just has bugs they need to work out. i was at a community festival in columbus and i had full bars on AT&T and instagram wouldnt load sh*t.

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 15:06

9. Baseballer (Posts: 132; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


This was early on in april though. I don't know, but still couldn't use data

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 15:05 1

8. itiswhatitis (Posts: 422; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


Quiet sad to hear stadiums in world's richest country lack signal I guess they're just stingy on spending money for fans to use internet!!!!

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 15:17 2

10. Commentator (Posts: 2436; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Sprint service at Target Field is worse than the team that plays there. The wifi there is aweful too, probably due to the 35000+ fans that show up every night and then turn to their smartphones to give them relief from such horrible play.

...I mean... go Twins!

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 16:24 1

11. Hammerfest (Posts: 369; Member since: 12 May 2012)


Here in San Antonio there's the "AT&T Center"... AT&T gets ZILCH signal inside, and when you do manage to pickup signal, good luck with holding a phone call or even loading a website fully...

That being said, TMobile works like a champ, and streaming was a breeze.

Sprint had signal at least, but anything other then Voice/TXT (1X network) was pretty much like AT&T's... but at least you had the signal...

And yes, I had all 3 carriers in the past 6~ years I have lived here an gone to the "center"...
I wanted to laugh my ass off when I had TMobile because I was sitting there during half-time watching netflix and the couple in front of me had the iPOS-4s on AT&T and they where complaining about coverage and dropping calls anytime there wasnt activity on the floor... (I said floor because while I mainly go during the Hockey games, they also do Basketball, and next door does Football, but the outcome was the same)

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 17:24

12. kevv2288 (Posts: 20; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


No problem with reception or data at citizens bank park on Verizon

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 21:28

14. jefferson9 (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


a little over board on the puns there

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 21:54 1

15. p0rkguy (Posts: 684; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


Quick tip, switch to 2G.

posted on 08 Jul 2012, 02:20

17. deathyyy (Posts: 101; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)


Angel Stadium i've never had a problem at, but Yankee Stadium and Citi Field were both awful on Sprint.

posted on 08 Jul 2012, 09:32

18. LionStone (Posts: 452; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


AT&T Park, San Francisco ...no problem with 4Glte...I was checking out the Color app and broadcasting live to some friends, so it was fine for my connection .

posted on 08 Jul 2012, 16:44

19. centuro1911 (Posts: 12; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)


I'm disappointed phonearena.com and the article gives the phone companies a pass. The truth is the phone companies don't build enough capacity for that many people to be using the service at once. They need to put up in-building repeaters and manage the demand better. But that costs money so what do they care?

posted on 08 Jul 2012, 19:34

20. miker875 (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


At Nationals Park in DC, I haven't had issues with voice. Data is average at best. The stadium does have WiFi but sometimes the loads can slow everyone down. Haven't noticed about 3G/4G service there but will check next time I am there. I have Sprint and my partner has AT&T.

posted on 08 Jul 2012, 21:19

21. rybob7 (Posts: 3; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


Sprint at dodger stadium gets full bars on my HTC Evo 4g, I was easy able to browse the web at fast speeds and make a clear call.

posted on 08 Jul 2012, 23:50

23. networkdood (Posts: 6276; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


2 years ago when the Red Sox visited AT&T park to play the Giants - service was great on regular 3G and on wifi - then, again, it is A T & T park, so it should be excellent.

posted on 09 Jul 2012, 07:24

24. ducati0927 (Posts: 8; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


My cell Signal @ the Trop in Saint Petersburg FL is horrid but they do have wifi for free in the park which works well.

posted on 09 Jul 2012, 08:21

25. DanD43 (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


Verizon 4G at Comerica Park in Detroit was still fast. Uploaded this video while I was there.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-9KcfNUmCA

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 13:26

26. miker875 (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


Nationals Park now has 4G LTE with Sprint. No need to use the park's WiFi which is decent though.

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