25% of cell towers in 10 states are out, payphones become relevant again

25% of cell towers in 10 states are out, payphones become relevant again
As you surely know already, hurricane Sandy hit the U.S. East Coast yesterday, leaving chaos and destruction in its path. The aftermath of the disaster is yet to be assessed, but it is currently estimated that the damage totals at about $15 billion. Cell phone infrastructure has suffered as well, as the FCC reports, and about 25% of all towers across 10 states from Virginia to Massachusetts are currently not functioning.

Unfortunately, the situation is expected to get worse. As their battery back-ups run out, more and more cellular towers will go out rendering wireless services even more unreliable.

25  of cell towers in 10 states are out, payphones become relevant again
Instead of calling, people are advised to use text messages when possible in order to reduce the strain on the networks. Once power in the affected areas is restored, coverage will go back to normal, yet it might take days and even weeks for that to happen.

It is being highlighted, however, that outages for landline phones are much less widespread. If your cell phone isn't working and you need to make a call, perhaps you can try using a payphone. The photo that you see here is of a queue in front of a payphone in New York, posted on Instagram by user James Del. Rare sight indeed.

source: CNET, James Del (Instagram) via Engadget, Gizmodo



1. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

time to make pay phones free at least for this crisis.

2. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

I'm at a payphone trying to call home All of my change I spent on you Where have the times gone Baby it's all wrong, where are the plans we made for two? Maroon 5

3. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Rofl..i was just listening to it on radio

4. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Hang on guys!

5. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

these people should just stay in their homes.

8. ibap

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Cyan3boN - your avatar says it all about your post. Yuck! I presume you poop on everything? Maybe they're calling to check on mom, or tell her they are OK.

6. Malique001

Posts: 58; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

Finally an article on the situation. I thought it was my Galaxy Nexus having radio issues but this still blows. Hopefully Verizon fixes the issue asap

9. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Yep i was like selling pre paid phones like crazy today. try to call my relatives in ny/nj non of them doesn't have power only text works

10. Malique001

Posts: 58; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

*Update* Verizon towers in NYC are working again guys. 3G and 4G are back

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