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Earthquake rattles northeast portion of the US - which carrier worked for you?

Posted: , by John V.

Earthquake rattles northeast portion of the US - which carrier worked for you?
If you were located somewhere in the northeast portion of the US at around 2:00 PM EST, you might’ve felt something mightily foreign – well, not foreign for those who normally live in earthquake prone areas.

In the greater Philadelphia region, we obviously felt the ground shake underneath our feet as the apparent rocking motion of the ground was felt.  At first, we were confused by the uncanny experience, but soon it became evidently clear that some sort of earthquake or aftershock was occurring. Later, it was reported that a 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck Virginia and went on to be felt by the surrounding region – even as far as Atlanta, Ohio, New York, and Toronto.

Without a doubt, natural disasters like these can really test the power of a network, and instinctively, we quickly grasped the nearest handset at our disposal. Even before placing a call with our phone, we knew ahead of time that we might experience some sort of congestion, but sadly enough, our first handset failed to place the call. However, data connection appeared to be unaffected by it.

Soon afterwards, we tried placing another call with a different carrier phone, and to our relief, it managed to go through without any problems. Nevertheless, the feelings of concern about our cell phones failing in times like these can really cast a sense of doubt with some people. So, if you managed to experience the quake, were you able to get any sort of connection during or after the event?

source: Yahoo

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posted on 23 Aug 2011, 14:06 2

1. Dujai R. (Posts: 17; Member since: 12 Oct 2009)


AT&T worked for me. Although calling was briefly down here in NYC .. Txt and data worked fine. And I was able to contact friends and loved ones..

AT&T made me "rethink possible" my phone worked in a critical situation ... Almost .

Greeaat -.-

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 17:24

40. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


You're lucky. Live here in MD my AT&T phone didn't work too well till after like a 1 hour. could only make one phone call

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 14:06

2. WillieB (unregistered)


Just made a few txts and called my wife on verizon. its a bit choppy but it went through

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 14:07 1

3. Audyrod (unregistered)


VERIZON IS WELL >>>>>> SPRINT AND ATT DOESNT

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 14:30 1

12. Phoneguy007 (Posts: 218; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)


me like att me no like verizion

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 17:43 1

43. htc (unregistered)


I would like ATT too if they were able to get 4bars around my home ... Oh and maybe get rid of the drop calls

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 20:19

50. luckymeeh (unregistered)


Oh Stfu, you bandwagon-hopper. Move to a better location and stop bitching. I have no problems with AT&T during the "earthquake".

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 14:07 1

4. WillieB (unregistered)


I made the calls with verizon

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 20:26

51. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Yea Verizon here in the DC area and it worked fine for me.

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 14:08

5. AAABall (unregistered)


Verizon was down about 30 to 40 mins at the Jersey Shore, "all circuits are busy."

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 14:09

6. edpad90 (Posts: 23; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


I live in richmond area. And it felt strong! :/ I hope no one has died from this or get injured. My AT&T service was down, Also my co-worker's phone from Sprint did not work either.

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 14:13

7. blade19 (Posts: 61; Member since: 29 Apr 2011)


I am sure you by now, but thought you should know anyway that the epicenter was between Charlottesville and Richmond at 5.8...

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 14:19 2

10. edpad90 (Posts: 23; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Yea, I figured that already. Crazy stuff man. But it really sucked that my phone was not working to make a really important phone call to my family. Tomorrow im steping into a verizon store no BS.

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 14:40 4

18. AAABall (unregistered)


My Verizon phone was down and I live in New Jersey. Its not your carriers fault.

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 14:17

8. Mburton215 (unregistered)


Here in Philly my Sprint phone was working seconds after the shake. Sprint love me long time.

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 14:18 1

9. darth8ball (Posts: 520; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


Big Red in NJ kept on chuggin

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 14:23

11. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)


Sprint was fine in CT

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 14:30 1

13. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


You all realize that it takes towers, base stations, etc., to run your service....no shock that service goes down - if your tower did not get taken out by the quake then the congestion will do it in.

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 14:31 3

14. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I am in Cali and my AT&T works fine....lol

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 17:00

38. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


That's because they said the EAST coast. Pay attention next time.

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 17:54

44. quakan (Posts: 1381; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


you missed the joke lol

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 14:31

15. redleg6 (Posts: 25; Member since: 14 May 2011)


Had some problems getting texts thru in NC for about 20 minutes. But phone calls worked fine. VZW for the win!

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 14:33

16. Gadgets (unregistered)


Sprint was fine in Ohio

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 14:35

17. jbash (Posts: 345; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


Va and dc are feeling the most strain for cellular use

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 14:41

19. streaks (unregistered)


Sprint was fine in midtown manhattan

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 14:43

20. Easton999GS (unregistered)


Sprint worked perfectly fine where i live no problems Poughkeepsie NY and we did feel the earthquake. HTC EVO 3D

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 14:49 1

21. dchan (unregistered)


Sprint was perfectly fine in Boston, MA

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 14:49

22. apnyc (unregistered)


in nyc verizon didnt work for text/voice at first (~2pm). a little later, a call between nyc and nj worked but within nyc still did not (~2:30pm still got the "call cannot be completed" message).

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 14:53 1

23. javi080 (unregistered)


tmobile worked for me in the nyc

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 14:59 1

24. minak (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Aug 2011)


Sprint worked perfect. Calls, Data, and sms. I was in the middle of all the mess south of DC

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