Trying to use your smartphone at the ballpark is like trying to hit an R.A. Dickey knuckler
posted by Alan F. / Jul 07, 2012, 2:26 PM
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.
Posts: 319; Member since: Jul 14, 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 Jul 07, 2012, 2:35 PM 4
Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 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 Jul 07, 2012, 2:47 PM 0
Posts: 13; Member since: Jun 01, 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 Jul 07, 2012, 2:57 PM 0
Posts: 132; Member since: Dec 07, 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 Jul 07, 2012, 2:59 PM 0
Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 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 Jul 07, 2012, 3:03 PM 0
Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 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 Jul 07, 2012, 3:17 PM 2
Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 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 Jul 07, 2012, 4:24 PM 1
Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 24, 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 Jul 08, 2012, 4:44 PM 0
Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 21, 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 Jul 08, 2012, 7:34 PM 0
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