Earthquake rattles northeast portion of the US - which carrier worked for you?

Earthquake rattles northeast portion of the US - which carrier worked for you?
If you were located somewhere in the northeast portion of the US at around 2:00 PM EST, you might’ve felt something mightily foreign – well, not foreign for those who normally live in earthquake prone areas.

In the greater Philadelphia region, we obviously felt the ground shake underneath our feet as the apparent rocking motion of the ground was felt.  At first, we were confused by the uncanny experience, but soon it became evidently clear that some sort of earthquake or aftershock was occurring. Later, it was reported that a 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck Virginia and went on to be felt by the surrounding region – even as far as Atlanta, Ohio, New York, and Toronto.

Without a doubt, natural disasters like these can really test the power of a network, and instinctively, we quickly grasped the nearest handset at our disposal. Even before placing a call with our phone, we knew ahead of time that we might experience some sort of congestion, but sadly enough, our first handset failed to place the call. However, data connection appeared to be unaffected by it.

Soon afterwards, we tried placing another call with a different carrier phone, and to our relief, it managed to go through without any problems. Nevertheless, the feelings of concern about our cell phones failing in times like these can really cast a sense of doubt with some people. So, if you managed to experience the quake, were you able to get any sort of connection during or after the event?

source: Yahoo



1. Dujai R.

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 12, 2009

AT&T worked for me. Although calling was briefly down here in NYC .. Txt and data worked fine. And I was able to contact friends and loved ones.. AT&T made me "rethink possible" my phone worked in a critical situation ... Almost . Greeaat -.-

40. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

You're lucky. Live here in MD my AT&T phone didn't work too well till after like a 1 hour. could only make one phone call

2. WillieB unregistered

Just made a few txts and called my wife on verizon. its a bit choppy but it went through

3. Audyrod unregistered


12. Phoneguy007

Posts: 218; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

me like att me no like verizion

43. htc unregistered

I would like ATT too if they were able to get 4bars around my home ... Oh and maybe get rid of the drop calls

50. luckymeeh unregistered

Oh Stfu, you bandwagon-hopper. Move to a better location and stop bitching. I have no problems with AT&T during the "earthquake".

4. WillieB unregistered

I made the calls with verizon

51. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yea Verizon here in the DC area and it worked fine for me.

5. AAABall unregistered

Verizon was down about 30 to 40 mins at the Jersey Shore, "all circuits are busy."

6. edpad90

Posts: 23; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

I live in richmond area. And it felt strong! :/ I hope no one has died from this or get injured. My AT&T service was down, Also my co-worker's phone from Sprint did not work either.

7. blade19

Posts: 65; Member since: Apr 29, 2011

I am sure you by now, but thought you should know anyway that the epicenter was between Charlottesville and Richmond at 5.8...

10. edpad90

Posts: 23; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Yea, I figured that already. Crazy stuff man. But it really sucked that my phone was not working to make a really important phone call to my family. Tomorrow im steping into a verizon store no BS.

18. AAABall unregistered

My Verizon phone was down and I live in New Jersey. Its not your carriers fault.

8. Mburton215 unregistered

Here in Philly my Sprint phone was working seconds after the shake. Sprint love me long time.

9. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

Big Red in NJ kept on chuggin

11. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

Sprint was fine in CT

13. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

You all realize that it takes towers, base stations, etc., to run your shock that service goes down - if your tower did not get taken out by the quake then the congestion will do it in.

14. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I am in Cali and my AT&T works

38. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

That's because they said the EAST coast. Pay attention next time.

44. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

you missed the joke lol

15. redleg6

Posts: 25; Member since: May 14, 2011

Had some problems getting texts thru in NC for about 20 minutes. But phone calls worked fine. VZW for the win!

16. Gadgets unregistered

Sprint was fine in Ohio

17. jbash

Posts: 345; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

Va and dc are feeling the most strain for cellular use

19. streaks unregistered

Sprint was fine in midtown manhattan

20. Easton999GS unregistered

Sprint worked perfectly fine where i live no problems Poughkeepsie NY and we did feel the earthquake. HTC EVO 3D

21. dchan unregistered

Sprint was perfectly fine in Boston, MA

22. apnyc unregistered

in nyc verizon didnt work for text/voice at first (~2pm). a little later, a call between nyc and nj worked but within nyc still did not (~2:30pm still got the "call cannot be completed" message).

23. javi080 unregistered

tmobile worked for me in the nyc

24. minak

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 23, 2011

Sprint worked perfect. Calls, Data, and sms. I was in the middle of all the mess south of DC

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