Are you in the path of Hurricane Dorian? Here's what the major carriers are doing for you

Are you in the path of Hurricane Dorian? Here's what the major carriers are doing for you
Hurricane Dorian is a powerful storm that will leave destruction in its wake. Floods, power outages, and destroyed structures are some of the things that we can expect the storm to cause. Lines of communication might be cut, although with any luck cellular networks will remain up and running. As usual in the case of a natural disaster, the four major carriers are offering those in the path of Dorian some breaks as far as their wireless service is concerned. In addition, the wireless providers are bringing their mobile cellular assets into affected areas in an attempt to keep cellular service up and running in the midst of the hurricane. Some of the equipment that the carriers are moving to the area include COWs (Cellular on wheels) and COLTs (Cellular on light trucks).

Yesterday, Verizon announced that its postpaid, prepaid and business customers in the path of the hurricane will receive unlimited calling, texting and data from Monday, September 2nd to September 9th. Verizon retail stores will remain open so that customers can charge their phones and receive assistance if needed.

Buy some extra power banks and have them fully charged before the storm hits



A tweet from AT&T on Friday said that the carrier will wave data overage charges in Florida between September 2nd and September 8th. Essentially, that will give all of its customers in the path of the storm unlimited talk, text and data. But the change in the storm's projected path led the carrier to publish a new blog post on Saturday. In that post, AT&T said that in addition to waiving data overage charges in Florida, it will also do so for its subscribers in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.



Sprint, in a blog post published on Friday before the change in the storm's projected path, said "to assist customers in Florida in the areas expected to be hit hardest by the storm, we will waive call, text and data overages for Sprint customers from September 2-8, 2019."
 
Meanwhile, T-Mobile's blog has a post written on Friday that points out that its customers on Magenta, T-Mobile One, or Simple Choice plans already have unlimited talk, text, and data. Prepaid customers using Metro by T-Mobile also have unlimited talk and text on all plans.


To help you get through the storm you should go to a Walmart or Best Buy near you and buy some power banks. You might even find some 10000mAh banks available at Walmart for a decent price. Power them up fully before the storm hits and purchase some extra charging cables. Also, make sure that your phone supports Wireless Emergency Alerts and that notifications have been enabled on your device. Most of all, stay safe.

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20 Comments

1. LAgurl

Posts: 119; Member since: Dec 05, 2018

My aunt lives in Miami she and others have told me Verizon is the one that craps out the most during hurricanes , surprisingly At&t is the one with the least problems and the only one that works after the storms end . Here In Los Angeles in earthquakes they all work . The last time in the 7.4 we a few months ago Wich btw took my by surprise LOL I was at 711 buying a slushie when it hit STRONG the cashier and everyone ran out so did I with my slushi afterwards all carriers were working fine . And I'm sure the networks took a hit cuz it was strong and I saw everyone in the street on their phones calling people . I have verizon my mom At&t and my friends TMobile and they all worked fine without a problem.

2. technut

Posts: 205; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

With Sprint it's like being in the path of a hurricane everyday

3. gadgetpower

Posts: 283; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

Good deeds always welcome.

4. lyndon420

Posts: 6876; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

My hopes and prayers are with you in Florida!!

7. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Hopes and prayers? How is that going to help anyone affected by the storm?

14. tedkord

Posts: 17463; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

About as well as those affected by gun violence.

18. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3166; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

He at least had the decency to think of us knowing there’s nothing he could do for us. Besides trolling, what else are you good for?

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31597; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hang in there bro. Be safe.

23. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

@ crispin gatieza He can donate money, or if he has needed skills, his time. Platitudes help nobody.

25. SyCo87

Posts: 326; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Nothing's wrong with being sympathetic. It brings attention to catastrophes. Not everyone is in a position to donate nor lend a hand. They acknowledge it and send their best regards.

15. cleatglitch

Posts: 165; Member since: May 25, 2013

thanks

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31597; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You cool?

5. lyndon420

Posts: 6876; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

K....maybe 95% of the internet suddenly just died..... because of a hurricane? How is everyone down south right now???

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31597; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Any help they can get from these carriers, will be greatly appreciated and needed. Hopefully the losses won't be too great. Stuff like this, makes me glad I live in Vegas even more. All we get is heat, wind, and some here and there rain. Good luck Florida.

16. cleatglitch

Posts: 165; Member since: May 25, 2013

thanks

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31597; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Be safe man.

17. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3166; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Thanks Darkk, it looks like SoFla will be spared. I lived in central Florida for a few years and I have friends over there but it’s not looking good for them. You have dry heat, we get every other form of heat - hurricanes are a bonus.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31597; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Be safe man. Hang in there.

24. LordDavon

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 19, 2011

I’m just outside Orlando and we are buckled down, just waiting and watching. Can’t get gas or propane anywhere. We aren’t out, so we are lucky. My grill also does charcoal, which we always have. Got most everything else on Wednesday morning, just before things started running out. Some stores have been able to restock , but you got to be quick. My father lives in Edgewater and got a hotel for the week. In-laws are in Lakeland area, if we need to head more west. For those in the path, flhurricane.com is a great site for up to date information.

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