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Weather Channel gives tips on using your cell phone after a Hurricane

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Weather Channel gives tips on using your cell phone after a Hurricane
With a major Hurricane set to hit heavily populated regions of the U.S. as early as Thursday, those who rely heavily on their cell phone to stay in touch will need to take precautions. The Weather Channel ran a story about what to do to keep your handset running after a storm. In the report, a Verizon spokesman by the name of Gordon Cook says that even if your home has no power, you can still use your Verizon phone because Big Red's cell towers have either a permanent back-up generator or an 8 hour battery that goes live when the power dies. Cook adds that even if you can't get a voice call out, you might be able to communicate by texting.

Without power, cell phone users need to stretch out the life of their battery. Texting takes less out of your battery than making a phone call. And while experts suggest keeping your phone on only when it is necessary, when you do have the power on you should make sure that your display is set to the lowest "Brightness" setting. The light on a cell phone screen is the biggest consumer of battery power on most smartphones.

If you do lose service, your carrier is most likely working hard to get things back to normal. Cook adds that Verizon has a fleet of temporary cells that can be used after a Hurricane to get customers back on its network quickly.

source: TheWeatherChannel

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posted on 25 Aug 2011, 08:56

1. Moo (unregistered)


After Hurricane Wilma in 2005. I had to stand in the middle of the street to barely get cell phone service. To have any cell phone service is wishful thinking after one of these storms.

After I went through Andrew in 1992. There was nothing, no water, no electricity, etc.
A category 5 hurricane is no joke.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 11:02

2. corporateJP (Posts: 1555; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Verizon is the only thing that works after a disaster.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 17:02

3. SF Steven (unregistered)


Actually, Verizon isn't the only thing working after a disaster; landlines will most likely be working - years of regulation forced the providers to install multiple redundant services.

The same regulation doesn't seem to apply to wireless providers...in fact, I bet the wireless providers will use disasters to charge a premium to any users that access their services. So you'd get to pay $XX/month for your service PLUS an extra $99.95 per day during tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, etc; of course, that $99.95 is the discounted rate for current customers - non-customers would get the rock-bottom price of $149.95 per day. And really, during a crisis, how much is too much to pay to make sure your loved ones are OK?

On one hand, I'm being sarcastic but on the other, I wouldn't be surprised to see it happen in one form or another.

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