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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 (Posts: 6580; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


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: 4936; 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: 60; 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: 519; 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: 6274; 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: 6274; 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: 1199; 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: 341; 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

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 15:03

25. superguy (Posts: 271; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


I forgot my phone at home. Got home about an hour and 15 after it happened though. Verizon was just fine.

I'm in between DC and Baltimore.

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 15:08

26. brosef (unregistered)


At&t perfect over here in Philly the whole time

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 15:12 1

27. Shin (Posts: 18; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


my at&t phone was down for a while here in NYC.

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 15:16 2

28. gokuperky (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Aug 2011)


Sprint worked great in NYC :)

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 15:30 1

29. ReadOSN (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 Aug 2011)


Jersey City, NJ
-T-Mobile Voice worked/Couldnt send text msgs
-Virgin Mobile(SPRINT)/ Everything Worked

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 15:31 1

30. ReadOSN (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 Aug 2011)


Verizon hasnt worked in DC

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 15:40

31. Aloki (unregistered)


AT&T was out for several hours, could not make any calls to any cellphone or a land line. Thinking of switching to Verizon.

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 16:09

32. hepresearch (unregistered)


Shrewsbury, PA, 1:57pm ET: approx. 30 seconds of moderate shaking, no serious damage or injuries... shaken, but not stirred...

In the first five minutes after the quake - AT&T signal worked, but lines were busy (heavy network traffic). Verizon signal worked, lines to the north were unaffected, lines to the south could not be reached (no connection). Sprint signal failed entirely.

Next ten minutes - AT&T signal worked, lines north congested but 2 out of 3 calls complete, lines south could not be reached (no connection). Verizon signal worked, lines to the north were unaffected, lines to the south could not be reached (no connection). Sprint signal marginally restored, but lines were busy (heavy network traffic).

After an hour - AT&T signal working, lines north open, lines south only connect on 1 of 2 calls (limited connectivity). Verizon signal working, lines north open, lines south could not be reached (no connection). Sprint signal working, lines north congested but 2 out of 3 calls complete, lines south could not be reached (no connection).

AT&T via my favorite crusty old Nokia 6010... Verizon via my Samsung Gusto... Sprint via my LG LX150

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 16:21

33. cedrock (unregistered)


sprint- data worked, calling was down when i tried 20 min after we evacuated the building.
center city, philadelphia

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 16:25

34. dakeshon (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 May 2010)


Virgin Mobile (Sprint) worked good.

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 16:34

35. ChrisVA (unregistered)


I'm in northern Virginia and have T-mobile. My service was fine right after the quake but about 20 minutes later I lost service completely including data and text and it was out for over an hour. My coworker with Verizon was unable to make phone calls but could text with no issues.

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 16:40

36. drewsky66 (unregistered)


I live just 10 miles from the epicenter in Mineral VA ATT stalled for about an 30 minutes. It worked fine after that

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 16:48 2

37. dgal44 (unregistered)


Sprint was good in DC, gf had Verizon and was a bit choppy.

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 17:10

39. UMA Fan (unregistered)


T-Mobile is CLEARLY the best in a situation like this thanks to their Wifi Calling service. Any Wifi access point for them is a working cell tower for calls and texts.

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 17:26

41. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6580; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Man right after was watching the news felt a huge shake in my room. read that MD where I live have a 3.5 quake. try to call my mom and sis mom in d.c. sis in va. NO CALLS couldn't go through with AT&T. have to reset and waited bout a hour or so then it was working fine. could only text at that time.

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 17:37 1

42. ReadOSN (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 Aug 2011)


SPRINT IS THE WINNER!!

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 18:42

45. bogus (unregistered)


do yall know it wasnt really an earthquake it was a gravitiy pull??

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 18:45

46. bogus (unregistered)


yes indeed save ur selves from whats to come !!!!!!

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 19:27

48. OpTiKaWn (unregistered)


AT&T WORKED FINE IM IN PITTSBURGH HEHEHE... And i think it was a 5.8. thats at least what it said on the news here and on my news page on my phone, but neway wooooohooooo lets go end of the world, its commin guys and girls do u feel it.....

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 19:38

49. bogus (unregistered)


its the beginin of the end ,were about to hit that rough spot within 3yrs and a half just watch, its all starting w- the UN positioning themselfs over grater part of middle east and will remian there for 1100 days... the gravity pull is from ellenin its a red dwarf coming real close to us and everytime it aligns w- the sun and earth it pulls on it and casuing big earthquakes like, in chle back in febuary, then one in new zealand and then china and then japan, thers this module from nasa letting us know about this phenomena its going to be gettn pretty close about the 27th-29th of sept youtube comet ellenin and youll see what im talking about.

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 20:28

52. VERIZON IS THE BEST! (unregistered)


of course verizon had no problem. Plus I'm only paying 170 a month (140 before taxes) on 2000 minute Talk/Text plan 5 phones. 4 smartphones and 1 dumb phone. and unlimited data! this would be atleast 350 on any other carrier! VERIZON IS THE BEST! OR MAYBE ITS JUST THAT I HAVE THE BEST PLAN! lol

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 21:37

54. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6580; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


All cell service was down

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 21:30 1

53. vzwbb21 (Posts: 33; Member since: 05 Jun 2010)


verizon stunk.

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 21:43

55. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3033; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Sorry, I slept through it. -Michigan.

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 22:30

56. Bert (unregistered)


Here in New Joisey AT&T didn't hesitate for a minute immediatey after the earth stopped moving and long afterward. No problems with AT&T. Some of my Verizon pals were without service for quite a while,

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 07:38

57. TJASP5 (unregistered)


I have simple mobile and everything worked fine they work off T-mobile towers yeaaaaaaaa. I live in pittsburgh PA.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 09:05

58. DEEE (unregistered)


f**k the East Coast, I am in the South Miami,FL and felt nothing!

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