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Can you hear me now? Cell phone coverage concerns as papal visit nears

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Can you hear me now? Cell phone coverage concerns as papal visit nears
News from 6abc.com:

CENTER CITY (WPVI) —

The tens of thousands who attended this past weekend’s Made in America music festival enjoyed the acts and tested the cell phone coverage prior to the papal visit.

They voiced some complaints via social media.

On Twitter Tuesday, @eaglesflyer74 posted “Nothing would load whether it was Snapchat, Twitter, or the Made in America app.”

@jackievanz tweeted, “Yes, little to no service on day 1. Day 2 was a little better depending on how thick the crowd was at the time.”

And @zreeseplus tweeted, “Yeah dawg. Cell phone towers overwhelmed. Couldn’t make or receive any calls. Happened on the 4th, too.”

Since last year, the cell phone providers have invested millions to upgrade their systems in Center City.

“We invested about $ 24 million to effectively quadruple our network capacity here in the downtown area,” John O’Malley of Verizon Wireless said.

AT&T invested a similar amount.

They upgraded permanent towers, put up temporary towers, and tested newly-installed mini towers – part of the Distributed Antenna System or DAS.

Engineers tested the signals at the festival and monitored coverage remotely. Verizon and AT&T saw limited, temporary problems in specific areas like near the main stage.

“But for the most part, what we saw was pretty good network performance,” O’Malley said.

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Getting the most for your money: Side-by-side cellphone plan comparisons
News from WTAE Pittsburgh:

Different people have different cellphone network needs — like Hilary Wavrek and Tamara Sanders-Woods.

Sanders-Woods has three children and needs a total of four lines and tons of data. Wavrek, on the other hand, needs just one line and goes through about three gigabytes of data a month.

VIDEO: Watch Shannon Perrine’s report

Coverage plans and offers change frequently. But, in a side-to-side comparison, the lowest cost carrier of four of the largest companies is T-Mobile.

Sanders-Woods and Wavrek both believe they could be paying less for what they get.

“Oh, I know I’m paying more,” said Sanders-Woods, “Because I go over and they charge you $ 15 for every additional gigabyte.”

We asked each carrier what it would cost first for one phone line and at least three gigabytes of data per month, and then for four phone lines and at least 20 gigabytes of data per month to share between those four lines.

AT&T charges $ 75 a month for a single line and five gigabytes of data. It charges $ 200 for four phone lines with unlimited talk and text, and 20 gigabytes of data.

Verizon charges $ 65 for a s…………… continues on WTAE Pittsburgh

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