Cell Phone Outages – Chicago Among Major Cities Hit – AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon

Wireless Service Providers Experiencing Outages

Thousands of customers have been without cell phone service today.  If you were expecting a certain call or needed to make one, but couldn’t, this could explain the loss.

According to the tracking site Downdetector.com, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon customers have been experiencing outages.  And this can be a dangerous situation for those who might need to call 9-1-1.

AT&T alone experienced 71 thousand outages, mainly here, in Chicago, Dallas, Houston Los Angeles, and Atlanta.

Meanwhile, 11 hundred outages have been reported for T-Mobile and three thousand for Verizon.

Some of our customers are experiencing wireless service interruptions this morning,” the company said.  “We are working urgently to restore service to them.  We encourage the use of Wi-Fi calling until service is restored.”

No word yet, of a cause.  Hacking is not ruled out.

However, the explanation may be scientificpowerful twin solar flares have erupted from the sun, just before the outages spike, across US – which could affect signals in the atmosphere.

The name “AT&T” was shortened from “American Telegraph & Telephone.”

What is your main use of your cell phone?  How do you deal with outages like this?  What is your backup plan in case your phone service stops?

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