AT&T has network problems?

AT&T has network problems?
On the same day that Apple's touchscreen delight can be bought at a Wal-Mart or Sam's Club near you, the gerbils stop spinning the wheel and Ma Bell's network drops out. According to readers of BoyGeniusReport and Engadget, customers are having problems with the AT&T network in different parts of the country. Some have problems connecting to 3G or using the BlackBerry service, but some report that they cannot make a single phone call. BGR says that AT&T has confirmed there are network troubles, but without specifying which regions are affected.

Do you have problems with AT&T or you are blessed to be in an area with good signal? Please, tell us in the comments.



1. tflex

Posts: 146; Member since: Oct 24, 2008

verizon fanboys are gona jump all over this. i dont understand y they are having these problems although i am unaffected. this happened a couple months back as well.

4. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

ive never had network problems. except once when i was driving thru a massive blizzard, my phone said no service for like a whole minute. and what do you mean jump all over this tflex haha lol

20. tflex

Posts: 146; Member since: Oct 24, 2008

i was expecting verizon people to bash att bout this story but it wasnt so bad.

2. rasinhussy

Posts: 89; Member since: Dec 28, 2008

One giant taking down another!

3. tommmh

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 29, 2008

Every network will have its issues eventually. It is what it is.

5. Midnight

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

every network will have outages but att suffered outages yesterday in 7 (SEVEN) states! thats insane. that would never happen to verizon. they said the reason was because of a power failure at a plant or something, VZW has battery backup and generaters at nearly every cell site. so this wouldnt of happened even close to as widespread on the network

7. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i agree. also during hurricanes verizons network is by far the best!

6. Midnight

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

goodjob btw iPhonearena. way to mention your fav device in an article about service outages.

9. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Way to encourage them.

16. Big Red

Posts: 101; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Hahaha, i can see the headlines, "AT&T goes under, 70 million people loose iPhone coverage. That one guy who didn't get an iPhone also can't make calls"

8. shawnluke05

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 29, 2008

I don't have at&t, I have Verizon and I am tired of all these Verizon Fanboys claiming that nothing like this would ever happen to Verizon. All weekend long here in Ohio my service with Verizon was sketchy at best. I wasn't receiving phone calls and it was taking upwards of 6 hours for people to receive my text messages. I was also being told that when people called me they were getting "your call cannot be completed as dialed messages"....I of course called Verizon and got their famous response...."we don't show any problems...*228 your phone and that will fix everything!"

11. holby26

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 29, 2008

Really? I believe you are an ATT fanboy. I live and work in central ohio. Are you familiar with Columbus. If so why dont you stop by my store on Sawmill Rd in Dublin and we will see whats going on with your phone. There was an issue Friday I believe or maybe Saturday. Days are kinda blurring together and I cant wait till the holidays are over. At any point the closest tower to the Dublin, Worthington and Delaware area was out of commission for roughly 6 hrs. One of the cable companies cut a fiber optic cable to the tower and it was out of commission instantly. Service was very weak due to the fact the only towers you could pull in were very distant. For whatever reason when i first called in to customer care I got the call center in California and they had no idea what was going on and as i was on the phone i got an email about it. Other than that I have been all the way up to Tiffin( by sandusky) and all the down to Amanda which is kinda halfway between columbus and athens within the last week and almost never have a weak signal. It very well can be the devise

38. shawnluke05

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 29, 2008

First off I am not an at&t fanboy....and I live in Columbus so I am very familiar with it! Secondly, I have already been to the store at Polaris and they claim there is nothing they can do...yet when people are still calling me they are still getting the "your call cannot be completed as dialed" message! Just because you seem to have awesome coverage on your phone doesn't mean all of you customers do!

39. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

dude when people call you and you have no service it would go to voicemail.. not as you say "your call did not go thru". when i went swimming with my phone while it was in my pocket (on mistake) if someone called it would go to voicemail. at least that what happens with me :-) i'm guessing it has to do with their phones or idk what.

10. The Godfather unregistered

sorry shawn but we have had perfect coverage in the state of Ohio, no network issues , no data issues. You might want to get your phone checked out, because it wasnt the network .

14. Mayday3420

Posts: 61; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

sorry godfather, shawn is right we did have network issues in ohio last week. Don't speak unless you know what you're speaking about. "it is better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt." OH SNAP

22. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Godfather thinks he is a VZW exec some times so it does not surprise me that he was wrong...

24. The Godfather unregistered

And how do you guys seem to think you know anything? Since I reside and work out of this area, I would think my info to be reliable. And since our network status was 99.98% in the entire state of Ohio for the entire month, even during the inclimate weather, I would say Mayday is just trying to egg something on. What type of NITa issues did we have? What exactly was the loss and what area was it reported in? Silence is golden....thats a better quote.

25. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i like that quote better too haha lol!

31. bbold2

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 30, 2008

o snap the guy quoted a proverb you go man.. haha

32. bbold2

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 30, 2008

o man he quoted a proverb you go man haha

36. Mayday3420

Posts: 61; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

ok godfather, you're wrong and here this is a alert for all verizon reps to see. As of Start Date/Time: 12/22/2008 04:36 ET: Lewis Center BSC21 has 19 sites completey down which include secondary and EVDO DCGs. Columbus has 51 sites completely dwn. Switch technicians and Time Warner are investigating. Affecting MIDWEST-WPA/CPA/OH/WV-Columbus hmmm, kind of looks like to me there were many problems in columbus and round it. or am I just not reading that right at all? I think we have made it clear now that you have no idea what you're talking about and i'm not trying to egg up anything, just give RIGHT information.

12. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

this, and sprints breach of contract info? great day to be a vzw employee :) woot! and while it "can " happen on any network, we have back up generators, towers, tower trucks, and so forth.. which is why we are always the last one standing.

13. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

tower trucks: aka colts and cows. cell on wheels :-)

15. The Doc

Posts: 122; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

All I have to say is, KUDOS to Phonearena for keeping us up to date with ALL news! Hopefully At&t gets things back on track with the service issues. Even Verizon Wireless customers can't go a day without their phones!

18. Big Red

Posts: 101; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Never have to.

17. PhoneUser

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Thanks Doc your one of the few people that know what this site is for..... INFORMATION!!! But we still have people arguing over who's carrier is better...honestly dont they have better things to do than praise their carrier 24/7??? Anyways i do hope AT&T get things back up. VZW Fanman... also i hate to say it but Nextel had the better coverage during hurricanes especially during Katrina. That's why Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and Tmobile have spend Millions improving their network in the gulf.

21. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

that was over three years ago dude, old news :-) and exactly verizon has spent millions improving their network for that reason. ps i dont think the v in verizon is capitalized because the v in their logo isnt?

23. PhoneUser

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I know that i was just saying, there hasn't been a real hurricane lately to test out the upgrades everyone made so there's no real evidence that they are the best. Also LMAO wow your i cant believe your correcting me over the "V" in Verizon..... does it really bother you like that??? I did it for all the do me a favor and relax it's not that serious. Remember this is a place for everyone to put out vital information bout the wireless industry, not to argue with someone bout "V" being the best. You have a bless day...

26. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

haha lol.. all i said was one sentance dude, i didnt think that is considered an argue lol.. and hurricane gustav was a big deal :-)

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