3G and data service is different and, unlike cell service, you can help fix poor data reception. While cellular service may stop you from speaking to others, many of us can deal with that. Poor data reception will hamper your ability to tweet, Instagram, Facebook, and iMessage your friends. There's a simple solution to fix your data problems --
Turn off the WiFi on your phone.
When turned on, your phone will always look for a WiFi connection. It will also just connect to random open WiFi connections that may not have enough power to do anything. While working on 3G is slower then when connected to WiFi, you'll be able to abuse the code and keep in touch with your friends.
Even in casinos where there is free WiFi, the WiFi on your phone will sometimes repeatedly flip-flop from signal to signal stopping your ability to use data services. This is the case when in The Venetian where your phone may have a connection to their free WiFi one second and then flip to the Cantor Gaming WiFi the next. In the end, neither end up working and you get cranky.
Whether you're in an old casino like the Flamingo or a casino with free WiFi throughout, just turn the WiFi off on your phone so you can stay in touch with the outside world.
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