Weather Channel gives tips on using your cell phone after a Hurricane
0. phoneArena 25 Aug 2011, 01:08 posted on
With Hurricane Irene expected to hit heavily populated areas in the U.S., the Weather Channel passed along some tips and tricks to make sure that you can stay in touch using your handset after a major Hurricane strikes...
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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.
2. corporateJP (Posts: 2088; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
Verizon is the only thing that works after a disaster.
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.