Extra antennas arrive for avoid Hoopfest cell phone overload

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 28, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 8 at 3:52 PM

SPOKANe, Wash. -- Hoopfest organizers are making the extra effort to avoid cell phone overload during the event.

During Hoopfest weekend, a lot of people are trying to keep up with family and friends using their cell phones. A couple of major carriers are bringing in reinforcements to keep phones connected.

Verizon and AT&T have brought in mobile antennas to place at the top of Riverfront Park. The antennas are designed for major events with a lot of people in a small area.  Hoopfest, college football games or other gathering with more than 50,000 people. 

People headed downtown for Hoopfest are glad the carriers are helping out with extra services.

"I think it's a great idea, i think it's obviously necessary, everybody is on their phone all the time and you don't want service crashing," said participant Saige Smith.

This doesn't mean you may not run into trouble if you have those two carriers or that you'll get poor reception with another carrier.

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