Jul 6, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT
If you’re one of the people who have become addicted to your phone, you likely get a great deal of stress when you go to the ballpark and can’t get cell phone service. At least for the data. But don’t blame your provider, because it sucks for pretty much everyone.
Some smart young men and women did an experiment at a recent Tigers-Red Sox game at Fenway, and the results were dismal:
Sprint and especially Verizon became so overwhelmed that their wireless networks were practically unusable throughout most of the game. Verizon actually had several network failures during the game, meaning download requests simply weren’t able to go through.
AT&T’s network was the only one that worked from start to finish, but its performance was still dreadful. Download speeds during the baseball game dropped to a third of what they were just minutes before and after the game.
I’ll admit this has bugged me more and more in recent years. Almost makes me want to invest in one of those crank-up phone in the bag like you see in World War II movies.
You can get on Twitter with those, right?
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