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Old 06-04-2016, 07:01 AM   #1
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Cellular outage

My cellphone was offline for more than 10 hours last night from 6pm to 4AM due to network issues. We don't have landline any more.

I use cricket wireless, which is an ATT owned MVNO ( mobile virtual network operator) using the ATT network)

ATT phones were ok so this was a company specific issue. First time in a year to have any issue at all.

I have a BYOP plan for a total of 5 lines, 2.5G of LTE data per line, at a total cost of $100 per month. Hard to beat the price.

The Twitter feed was hilarious if a bit scary in how dependent we are on cellular infrastructure. Why do companies boggle customer communication so badly.

Maybe the backup need for morse code radio and CB radio aren't totally extinct.

Will be interesting to discover the root cause of the outage and how they compensate their customers now that things appear to be back online.

Cricket Wireless outage reportedly affecting customers across the US | FOX2now.com

http://www.zdnet.com/article/nationw...ommunications/
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Old 06-04-2016, 08:58 AM   #2
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My cellphone was offline for more than 10 hours last night from 6pm to 4AM due to network issues. We don't have landline any more.

I use cricket wireless, which is an ATT owned MVNO ( mobile virtual network operator) using the ATT network)

ATT phones were ok so this was a company specific issue. First time in a year to have any issue at all.

I have a BYOP plan for a total of 5 lines, 2.5G of LTE data per line, at a total cost of $100 per month. Hard to beat the price.

The Twitter feed was hilarious if a bit scary in how dependent we are on cellular infrastructure. Why do companies boggle customer communication so badly.

Maybe the backup need for morse code radio and CB radio aren't totally extinct.

Will be interesting to discover the root cause of the outage and how they compensate their customers now that things appear to be back online.

Cricket Wireless outage reportedly affecting customers across the US | FOX2now.com

Nationwide Cricket Wireless outage draws customer ire primarily due to lack of communications | ZDNet

This is why I still cough up 25 bucks a month to maintain a landline. On the whole, we do depend on cell service to a frightening extent so there is significant risk for both, technical problems and malicous activities (cypher attacks).
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Old 06-04-2016, 09:04 AM   #3
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I have voip in addition to my cricket plan. I did not notice an outage here.. but I don't live by phone, so I could have just missed it. My phone uses my home wifi when in range.

What gets me is how many people will forget the people they are with and pay more attention to someone they are texting with the phone.

Usually emergency calls can still be made if there are other networks online in your present area.

If you want a back up... get an Amateur Radio License (I have a extra class license) as this will provide many methods of communication when others fail.
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I've been using the Talkatone app on my android phone more frequently when at home. It's free (monthly minute limits) and operates over wifi. It gives you a backup phone number and is also a way to save your regular plan minutes for those like myself that use pay-go type of cellular plans.
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