By Justin Udo

By Justin Udo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Cell phone companies have spent millions of dollars upgrading their services along the Ben Franklin parkway in anticipation of the pope’s visit to Philadelphia.

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Some customers who attended the Made In America concert on the parkway say those modifications did not help their cell service.

Together AT&T and Verizon have invested $45-million to add cell-service infrastructure along the Parkway, these modifications are expected to quadruple wireless coverage.

In a previous interview with KYW Newsradio Verizon Wireless spokesman John O’Malley says they’ve implemented a Distributed Antenna System along the Parkway that improves wireless service.

“ That is all permanent infrastructure that’s going to stay in place.


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Many of the people who attended the made in America concert last weekend say their cell phone reception was terrible.

“ I wasn’t able to make calls and texts were blocked and backed up.” said one attendee.

Another concert goer said, “I did try to upload photos to instagram and facebook and I was having difficulty loading them.”

Made in America had between 30 and 70 thousand people in attendance each day.

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The pope’s visit is expected to bring more than 1 million people to the parkway.