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11/18/02

Cell Phone Trouble for Red Raiders

Another problem during game day you may have noticed was trouble with cellular phones. NewsChannel 11 contacted local cell phone carriers Monday after hearing from dozens of people who could not get a signal before, during, or after the game to find out what the problem was.

Apparently there was no major line failure or outages reported, instead it was a situation of system overload. With more than 50,000 people in the area trying to make calls, the towers could not handle the load. When one tower is full, usually calls bounce to another tower, but Saturday the towers were inundated with calls. One spokesperson said this may happen at any event of this size here, because the towers here do not usually need to handle that many calls at one time.

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