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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Cell Phone Carrier Upgrades Mean Your Phone Should Probably Work Just Fine in Cleveland During the RNC (And Your Pokemon GO Hunt)

Posted By on Tue, Jul 12, 2016 at 10:40 AM

  • Better than delegate speeches

Did you attend the Cavs’ championship parade back in late June? Did the service on your cell phone diminish to zero? Even though your phone is top of the line, the operating system is up to date, and you’ve paid your bill? Well, it’s not you or your phone. You and the gazillion other people in attendance who use one of the four major carriers—AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon—were likely experiencing the same problem. That problem being you were all trying to use your cell phone at the same time and the networks were in no way prepared for that. 

Cleveland will not, however, be the same cellular dead zone it was during the parade during the Republican National Convention next week.

At the time of the parade, the four major carriers were making upgrades to their wireless networks in preps for the RNC. These upgrades are now completed and are expected to be able to handle the influx of people attending the RNC when a honking, speeding clown car carrying an estimated 50,000 journalists, demonstrators, and politicians will roll into town. Carriers will be paying special attention to the Quicken Loans Arena, the Huntington Center, hotels and other indoor venues, unburdening wireless service in the downtown area for those who are outside. Downtown, carriers have installed “small cell,” devices that further strengthen their systems, and will have additional staff and cellular units mounted on vehicles at the ready.

So don't worry, you can catch all the inane Periscopes and Snapchats from bored reporters and, most importantly, go about your Pokemon GO hunt confident that everything will be okay.

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