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NY Blackout and Cell Usage

Discussion in 'alt.cellular.verizon' started by UsenetMeister, Sep 8, 2003.

  1. <David> wrote in message news:vjo6is39cj852e@corp.supernews.com...
    > I'm curious to see what cell companies, (Verizon, Nextel, etc.) continued

    to
    > have service in the affected areas during the black out and who did not.
    > Thanks in advance.


    T-Mobile had service for perhaps about 20-30 minutes into it, but has since
    croaked. Some of my NY friends are reporting others phones working -- don't
    know which service tho...

    I'm disappointed in T-Mo's ability to work under adverse conditions -- they
    did so well on 9/11...
     



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  2. <David> wrote in message news:vjo6is39cj852e@corp.supernews.com...
    > I'm curious to see what cell companies, (Verizon, Nextel, etc.) continued

    to
    > have service in the affected areas during the black out and who did not.
    > Thanks in advance.
    >
    >


    They all worked, but almost all were overloaded at some time or other during
    the first couple of hours.

    John
     
  3. Hopper

    Hopper Guest

    <David> wrote in message news:vjo6is39cj852e@corp.supernews.com...
    > I'm curious to see what cell companies, (Verizon, Nextel, etc.) continued

    to
    > have service in the affected areas during the black out and who did not.
    > Thanks in advance.
    >
    >


    I just called a friend in NYC. He's using AT&Ts GSM service. The first try,
    I got an all circuits are busy message. The call went through the second
    time with no problem. He said his Blackberry, using Nextel, worked just
    fine. He said calls were not always completed, but for the most part
    everything worked.

    Hopper
     
  4. MArk Filla

    MArk Filla Guest

    My NEXTEL contact advised that the 8 HR battery capacity is being taxed
    at all of the sites although the NE switch facilities and the sites that
    are on generator are still running.

    He says that the system should until run to about midnight and then go
    dark as the batteries will be history. They are deploying mobile
    generators to key sites also, but being they are doing damage control he
    couldn't advise much more.

    With what I know about the site designs of a good number of the
    providers, if the sites aren't on generators they will go 4 to 8 hours
    before going away.
    --
    Mark KS4VT


    <David> wrote in article <vjo6is39cj852e@corp.supernews.com>:
    > I'm curious to see what cell companies, (Verizon, Nextel, etc.) continued to
    > have service in the affected areas during the black out and who did not.
    > Thanks in advance.
    >
    >


    [posted via phonescoop.com - free web access to the alt.cellular groups]
     
  5. Chris Gowen

    Chris Gowen Guest

    I don't know about anyone Else but i know VZW is online

    <David> wrote in article <vjo6is39cj852e@corp.supernews.com>:
    > I'm curious to see what cell companies, (Verizon, Nextel, etc.) continued to
    > have service in the affected areas during the black out and who did not.
    > Thanks in advance.
    >
    >


    [posted via phonescoop.com - free web access to the alt.cellular groups]
     
  6. Hopper

    Hopper Guest

    <David> wrote in message news:vjo6is39cj852e@corp.supernews.com...
    > I'm curious to see what cell companies, (Verizon, Nextel, etc.) continued

    to
    > have service in the affected areas during the black out and who did not.
    > Thanks in advance.
    >
    >


    I just called a friend in NYC. He's using AT&Ts GSM service. The first try,
    I got an all circuits are busy message. The call went through the second
    time with no problem. He said his Blackberry, using Nextel, worked just
    fine. He said calls were not always completed, but for the most part
    everything worked.

    Hopper
     
  7. John Eckart

    John Eckart Guest

    Can anyone tell me if the landline phones work during blackouts in NY?

    <David> wrote in message news:vjo6is39cj852e@corp.supernews.com...
    > I'm curious to see what cell companies, (Verizon, Nextel, etc.) =

    continued to
    > have service in the affected areas during the black out and who did =

    not.
    > Thanks in advance.
    >=20
    >
     
  8. Asher Siboni

    Asher Siboni Guest

    yea they did if your landline phone had a backup batery

    "John Eckart" <JEckart@mail.com> wrote in article
    <lYW_a.4242$Nf3.2818@newsread4.news.pas.earthlink.net>:
    > Can anyone tell me if the landline phones work during blackouts in NY?
    >
    > <David> wrote in message news:vjo6is39cj852e@corp.supernews.com...
    > > I'm curious to see what cell companies, (Verizon, Nextel, etc.) =

    > continued to
    > > have service in the affected areas during the black out and who did =

    > not.
    > > Thanks in advance.
    > >=20
    > >


    [posted via phonescoop.com - free web access to the alt.cellular groups]
     
  9. I'm curious to know if anyone tried SMS?
    --

    Donald Newcomb
    DRNewcomb (at) attglobal (dot) net
    Remove 'NOT' from address to reply

    <David> wrote in message news:vjo6is39cj852e@corp.supernews.com...
    > I'm curious to see what cell companies, (Verizon, Nextel, etc.) continued

    to
    > have service in the affected areas during the black out and who did not.
    > Thanks in advance.
    >
    >
     
  10. > Can anyone tell me if the landline phones work during blackouts in NY?


    That depends on the type of land line you are talking about. Plain Old
    Telephone Service (POTS) that runs on copper twisted pair cable is
    powered from batteries at the exchange that are continuously charged by
    converters that are supplied from utility power. The exchanges have
    emergency generators. So if your telephone is on a copper pair that
    goes all the way to the exchange your fine. Trouble is that as the
    demand for service has expanded some of the techniques that have been
    applied more recently are not as robust. Controlled Environment Vaults
    or CEVs have batteries but no generator. These mini exchanges can serve
    thousands of telephones. Some large apartment buildings have
    multiplexers that combine dozens of calls onto a couple of pairs. When
    power fails they die in just a couple of hours.

    Telephone over Coax video cable will die when the line amplifier
    batteries go dead.

    There is no longer a simple answer to your question.
    --
    Tom
     
  11. In alt.cellular Asher Siboni <shoxe427@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > yea they did if your landline phone had a backup batery


    Whether your individual phone has power isn't the point. Unless it's
    a cordless that requires electricity, your phone runs off power provided
    by voltage in the phone line (which is why you can use non-cordless phones
    in a blackout). The issue is if there is power at the switching facilities
    that carry the traffic (basically, just like on 9/11/01).

    --
    JustThe.net Internet & Multimedia Services
    22674 Motnocab Road * Apple Valley, CA 92307-1950
    Steve Sobol, Proprietor
    888.480.4NET (4638) * 248.724.4NET * sjsobol@JustThe.net
     
  12. Justa Lurker

    Justa Lurker Guest

    It was Fri, 15 Aug 2003 01:18:39 -0000, and chrisgowen@starband.net
    (Chris Gowen) wrote in alt.cellular:
    | I don't know about anyone Else but i know VZW is online

    And VZW has already released a press release bragging ...

    JL


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  13. N9WOS

    N9WOS Guest

    > In alt.cellular Asher Siboni <shoxe427@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > > yea they did if your landline phone had a backup batery

    >
    > Whether your individual phone has power isn't the point. Unless it's
    > a cordless that requires electricity, your phone runs off power provided
    > by voltage in the phone line (which is why you can use non-cordless phones
    > in a blackout). The issue is if there is power at the switching facilities
    > that carry the traffic (basically, just like on 9/11/01).
    >


    And almost all exchanges have backup batteries across the main
    DC buss that runs the equipment.
    The batteries are there to smooth out power flow, and
    to provide power in an outage, until generators can
    be brought on line, or can be delivered to the site.
     
  14. In article <lYW_a.4242$Nf3.2818@newsread4.news.pas.earthlink.net>,
    JEckart@mail.com says...
    > Can anyone tell me if the landline phones work during blackouts in NY?
    >
    >
    >

    I can tell you that I could NOT reach my daughter in manhatten on her
    landline, but she has a CORDLESS phone that requires electricity. I
    would expect a plain ol' phone would work! The landline systems work on
    batteries.
    --
    Regards,
    Barrie B
     
  15. "Barrie Brozenske" <buzz.bee@bigfoot.com> wrote in message
    news:MPG.19a686397755b8d6989a93@News.CIS.DFN.DE...
    > In article <lYW_a.4242$Nf3.2818@newsread4.news.pas.earthlink.net>,
    > I can tell you that I could NOT reach my daughter in manhatten on her
    > landline, but she has a CORDLESS phone that requires electricity. I
    > would expect a plain ol' phone would work! The landline systems work on
    > batteries.


    Right, the landline system is designed to continue to work even when the
    electric power fails. However, customers can thwart this feature by using
    fancy phones that rely on electric service. It's good to always have one
    plain old telephone you can use in a blackout.
    --

    Donald Newcomb
    DRNewcomb (at) attglobal (dot) net
    Remove 'NOT' from address to reply
     
  16. James Knott

    James Knott Guest

    <David> wrote:

    > I'm curious to see what cell companies, (Verizon, Nextel, etc.) continued
    > to have service in the affected areas during the black out and who did
    > not. Thanks in advance.


    Rogers in the Toronto area maintained service until powered was restored at
    11 PM in my area.

    --

    Fundamentalism is fundamentally wrong.

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  17. James Knott

    James Knott Guest

    John Eckart wrote:

    > Can anyone tell me if the landline phones work during blackouts in NY?
    >


    Land line phones are generally not affected by power outages, as the phone
    system is run on batteries, with several hours capacity and they also have
    back up generators.

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  18. James Knott

    James Knott Guest

    Barrie Brozenske wrote:

    > I can tell you that I could NOT reach my daughter in manhatten on her
    > landline, but she has a CORDLESS phone that requires electricity.


    That sounds like a suggestion for a Christmas (or other) gift. You should
    always have a basic phone, whether you regularly use it or not.

    --

    Fundamentalism is fundamentally wrong.

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  19. I did and my message was sent. Unfortunately, my son has been unable to
    charge his phone so, for all intents and purposes, he can't get the SMS
    message I sent him.

    --
    Nadyne Nelson
    nadyne@prospectiveplanning.com
    "Donald Newcomb" <DRNewcomb@attglobal.NOT.net> wrote in message
    news:3f3c4140_4@news1.prserv.net...
    > I'm curious to know if anyone tried SMS?
    > --
    >
    > Donald Newcomb
    > DRNewcomb (at) attglobal (dot) net
    > Remove 'NOT' from address to reply
    >
    > <David> wrote in message news:vjo6is39cj852e@corp.supernews.com...
    > > I'm curious to see what cell companies, (Verizon, Nextel, etc.)

    continued
    > to
    > > have service in the affected areas during the black out and who did not.
    > > Thanks in advance.
    > >
    > >

    >
    >
     
  20. On Fri, 15 Aug 2003 04:20:44 -0000, reply at forum (Klopus Normalis)
    wrote:

    >No clear winner, all overloaded loosers.


    No system whether it's land lines or mobile phones is engineered for
    disasters and everyone wanting to use their phones at once.

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