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POLL: How was your service during the blackout?

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

  1. Smac

    Smac Guest

    How was your carrier during the blackout?

    Here in the northern suburbs of Detroit:

    Verizon: Reliable
    Sprint: Very poor or no service
    Cingular: Very poor or no service (second hand account from reliable
    source).
    Nextel: No service
    AT&T: ???
    T-Mobile: ???

    This was with some fairly extensive driving throughout Macomb County and
    reports from Oakland county.
    What were your experiences?

    S
    --
    Remove your panties to reply
     



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  2. Sterling

    Sterling Guest

    Re: How was your service during the blackout?

    Mine was perfect on Verizon Wireless.. But I live in Northern Idaho.. So,
    none of the switches in this area had anything to do with the NE! :)

    "Smac" <Smac61@your.panties.hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:MPG.19ab1f8bc4f98d85989681@news.mi.comcast.giganews.com...
    > How was your carrier during the blackout?
    >
    > Here in the northern suburbs of Detroit:
    >
    > Verizon: Reliable
    > Sprint: Very poor or no service
    > Cingular: Very poor or no service (second hand account from reliable
    > source).
    > Nextel: No service
    > AT&T: ???
    > T-Mobile: ???
    >
    > This was with some fairly extensive driving throughout Macomb County and
    > reports from Oakland county.
    > What were your experiences?
    >
    > S
    > --
    > Remove your panties to reply





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  3. Joe Burke

    Joe Burke Guest

    Re: How was your service during the blackout?

    Northern NY (Ogdensburg, NY)

    Verizon: worked after initial rush of calls (small number of channels for a
    rural area)
    Sprint: Doesn't service this area
    Cingular: Don't know (didn't hear any complaints)
    Nextel: Doesn't service this area
    AT&T: Doesn't service this area
    T-Mobile: Doesn't service this area

    > > Remove your panties to reply


    You wish.

    Joe
     
  4. On Mon, 18 Aug 2003 18:38:56 -0400, Smac
    <Smac61@your.panties.hotmail.com> wrote:

    >How was your carrier during the blackout?
    >
    >Here in the northern suburbs of Detroit:
    >
    >Verizon: Reliable
    >Sprint: Very poor or no service
    >Cingular: Very poor or no service (second hand account from reliable
    >source).
    >Nextel: No service
    >AT&T: ???
    >T-Mobile: ???
    >
    >This was with some fairly extensive driving throughout Macomb County and
    >reports from Oakland county.
    >What were your experiences?
    >
    >S



    I work in Garden City and have Verizon service. The phone would not
    make or receive a call while I was at my office. I got down the road
    to like Ford Rd and Merriman, and the signal was much better. I think
    the tower near my work was having some real capacity issues. I was
    really satisfied with my experience though. Where most people didn't
    have any service (my younger brothers both have T-Mobile service and
    couldn't catch a signal if their life depended on it) I didn't really
    have any trouble making or receiving calls the whole weekend. That is
    just my observation though.

    I don't think that I will ever leave Verizon. You do pay a
    little bit of a premium when it comes to the price plans, but you
    definitely get your money's worth. When you need to use the phone,
    you are able to use it and don't have as many problems with coverage
    or anything.
     
  5. Re: How was your service during the blackout?

    "Joe Burke" <jburke1@twcny.rr.com> wrote in
    news:YXc0b.116682$wk4.110118@twister.nyroc.rr.com:

    > Northern NY (Ogdensburg, NY)
    >
    > Verizon: worked after initial rush of calls (small number of channels
    > for a rural area)
    > Sprint: Doesn't service this area
    > Cingular: Don't know (didn't hear any complaints)
    > Nextel: Doesn't service this area
    > AT&T: Doesn't service this area
    > T-Mobile: Doesn't service this area


    Nassau County, Long Island, NY

    Verizon: For the first hour or so, could not make or receive calls. Mobile
    web did work during this time, which I used to check for updates from ABC
    News. After the first hour or so was over, I could make and receive calls,
    but could not access the voicemail system. After another hour or so,
    everything was working normally.

    AT&T: Friends with AT&T could not make or receive calls for the rest of
    Thursday. Service was still unavailable on Friday for much of the day.

    Don't know about the other carriers.

    Martin
     
  6. Larry W4CSC

    Larry W4CSC Guest

    On Mon, 18 Aug 2003 18:38:56 -0400, Smac
    <Smac61@your.panties.hotmail.com> wrote:

    >How was your carrier during the blackout?
    >

    Excellent. AMPS on the bagphone never missed a beat. Calls went
    through faster without all those damned Yankees on the system,
    too!...(c;

    Even Alltel on B was workin'!



    Larry W4CSC

    Maybe we could get the power grid fixed if every politician
    regulating the power companies wasn't on their payrolls.
     
  7. quadrun1

    quadrun1 Guest

    Re: How was your service during the blackout?

    Nassau County (Long Island), New York

    T-Mobile worked great for about 5-6 hours.

    At 4:20 pm, my brother could not contact my mom (Verizon Wireless) nor my
    dad (AT&T Wireless) but he got through to me (T-Mobile) easily, from a
    landline. Bro's Nextel phone was completely useless until the next day.
    Not surprising... Nextel is pretty useless as a telephone most of the time
    anyway (great for 2-way walkie-talkie though)

    After about 6 hours, I guess the backup (battery?) power to the T-Mobile
    towers went out, and I had no service.

    By then Verizon & AT&T's congestion cleared up, and their cells still had
    power. Diesel generators I guess. These two worked worked normally once
    the congestion had cleared.

    T-Mobile came back online early Friday morning, but their mobile web
    (T-Zones) has been slow the whole weekend.
     
  8. Tony Otte

    Tony Otte Guest

    On Mon, 18 Aug 2003 18:38:56 -0400, Smac
    <Smac61@your.panties.hotmail.com> wrote:

    >How was your carrier during the blackout?


    What blackout? :)


    totte@cityoflakewales.com
    863-605-1987
     
  9. Big AL

    Big AL Guest

    Re: How was your service during the blackout?

    EXCELLENT

    HAD SERVICE IN NYC THE WHOLE TIME

    GOTT ALUV VERIZON!


    "Smac" <Smac61@your.panties.hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:MPG.19ab1f8bc4f98d85989681@news.mi.comcast.giganews.com...
    > How was your carrier during the blackout?
    >
    > Here in the northern suburbs of Detroit:
    >
    > Verizon: Reliable
    > Sprint: Very poor or no service
    > Cingular: Very poor or no service (second hand account from reliable
    > source).
    > Nextel: No service
    > AT&T: ???
    > T-Mobile: ???
    >
    > This was with some fairly extensive driving throughout Macomb County and
    > reports from Oakland county.
    > What were your experiences?
    >
    > S
    > --
    > Remove your panties to reply
     
  10. Re: How was your service during the blackout?

    south-western connecticut...

    I have cingular GSM and you could definitely tell that the system easily
    became overloaded. I was not able to make a call out for quite awhile
    although my luck at receiving calls was much higher. Couple people on
    Tmobile called me - spose they didnt have as much trouble as i was having.

    After about 4 or 5 hours the signal disappeared totally for any GSM network,
    clearly their backup systems failed. As i drove home i passed through areas
    that had coverage and others that were down. Gotta get generators!
     
  11. get@blah.com

    get@blah.com Guest

    ATTWS: Phone was able to detect a signal for several hours here in
    Queens NY, but got the "system busy" tone and would try to re-dial.
    By mid-evening, I got the "no service" display in the same location,
    so I'm guessing that the cell in my area had some sort of back-up
    emergency power that lasted a few hours before going completely dark,
    or that ATTWS shut stuff down to protect their equipment/conserve
    power during the restart. In any case, no call I tried to make to
    anyone in the affected area or outside went through.

    On Mon, 18 Aug 2003 18:38:56 -0400, Smac
    <Smac61@your.panties.hotmail.com> wrote:

    >How was your carrier during the blackout?
    >
    >Here in the northern suburbs of Detroit:
    >
    >Verizon: Reliable
    >Sprint: Very poor or no service
    >Cingular: Very poor or no service (second hand account from reliable
    >source).
    >Nextel: No service
    >AT&T: ???
    >T-Mobile: ???
    >
    >This was with some fairly extensive driving throughout Macomb County and
    >reports from Oakland county.
    >What were your experiences?
    >
    >S
     
  12. BT

    BT Guest

    Didn't hear of any providers that worked except for Verizon. I have a
    T-mobile phone and couldn't even connect a call until Late Friday
    night (Downtown). Tmobile service in NYC has gone down considerably. I
    will be switching to Verizon (unfortunately), but having a phone that
    works in times like this is more important than any
    gadget/feature/mobility. Sorry T-mobile PEACE



    Smac <Smac61@your.panties.hotmail.com> wrote in message news:<MPG.19ab1f8bc4f98d85989681@news.mi.comcast.giganews.com>...
    > How was your carrier during the blackout?
    >
    > Here in the northern suburbs of Detroit:
    >
    > Verizon: Reliable
    > Sprint: Very poor or no service
    > Cingular: Very poor or no service (second hand account from reliable
    > source).
    > Nextel: No service
    > AT&T: ???
    > T-Mobile: ???
    >
    > This was with some fairly extensive driving throughout Macomb County and
    > reports from Oakland county.
    > What were your experiences?
    >
    > S
     
  13. I was at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. If Northwest had gotten my flight
    out on time, I would have been on my way to Phoenix. I had both Sprint
    (personal) and Verizon (work) phones. Both weren't that great. I did
    actually have a little better luck getting a connection with Sprint. It
    took a couple attempts, but I at least was able to get a call through.
    Verizon had maybe 1 out of 5 connection rate, with one major drop while
    trying to talking to corporate travel. At least Sprint didn't drop once
    connected. Then again, with some 3-4,000 people in a small area and
    probably half of them trying to call out, not a big surprise overall.


    <get@blah.com> wrote in message
    news:p133kvo11ec069lsd3cq2rtebp2vcglllb@4ax.com...
    > ATTWS: Phone was able to detect a signal for several hours here in
    > Queens NY, but got the "system busy" tone and would try to re-dial.
    > By mid-evening, I got the "no service" display in the same location,
    > so I'm guessing that the cell in my area had some sort of back-up
    > emergency power that lasted a few hours before going completely dark,
    > or that ATTWS shut stuff down to protect their equipment/conserve
    > power during the restart. In any case, no call I tried to make to
    > anyone in the affected area or outside went through.
    >
    > On Mon, 18 Aug 2003 18:38:56 -0400, Smac
    > <Smac61@your.panties.hotmail.com> wrote:
    >
    > >How was your carrier during the blackout?
    > >
    > >Here in the northern suburbs of Detroit:
    > >
    > >Verizon: Reliable
    > >Sprint: Very poor or no service
    > >Cingular: Very poor or no service (second hand account from reliable
    > >source).
    > >Nextel: No service
    > >AT&T: ???
    > >T-Mobile: ???
    > >
    > >This was with some fairly extensive driving throughout Macomb County and
    > >reports from Oakland county.
    > >What were your experiences?
    > >
    > >S

    >
     
  14. Jaw Nerd

    Jaw Nerd Guest

    Re: How was your service during the blackout?

    Verizon and Cingular were both reliable as was AT&T (roaming from Cingular)
    in the Golden Triangle that didn't lose power
    (Brighton/Howell/Pinckney--Livingston Co.)


    "Smac" <Smac61@your.panties.hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:MPG.19ab1f8bc4f98d85989681@news.mi.comcast.giganews.com...
    > How was your carrier during the blackout?
    >
    > Here in the northern suburbs of Detroit:
    >
    > Verizon: Reliable
    > Sprint: Very poor or no service
    > Cingular: Very poor or no service (second hand account from reliable
    > source).
    > Nextel: No service
    > AT&T: ???
    > T-Mobile: ???
    >
    > This was with some fairly extensive driving throughout Macomb County and
    > reports from Oakland county.
    > What were your experiences?
    >
    > S
    > --
    > Remove your panties to reply
     
  15. David Chui

    David Chui Guest

    Smac <Smac61@your.panties.hotmail.com> wrote in
    news:MPG.19ab1f8bc4f98d85989681@news.mi.comcast.giganews.com:

    > How was your carrier during the blackout?


    Verizon Wireless in Downtown Manhattan:

    Service started off being ok. After the first few hours, I still had my
    usual strong digital signal but had difficulty placing and receiving
    calls. If I tried calling my cell phone from a landline, not only did
    the cell phone not ring, I often didn't get forwarded to my voicemail
    either. Other people were able to leave some voicemails, but the VM
    indicator didn't show up until at least a day later. I tried switching
    to analog, and got a weak signal that was unusable for making calls (but
    this is typical of my experience trying to use analog in this area, even
    on a normal day).

    On Friday morning, with power restored to much of Downtown, the digital
    signal indicator was 0 or 1 bars (i.e., much worse than Thursday night).
    Still couldn't place or receive calls. I gave up and turned the phone
    off, so I don't know if it got better during the day. By Saturday,
    everything was fine.

    Several people I know elsewhere in Manhattan have Sprint PCS. Thursday
    evening, it took me over an hour to get through to them, calling
    repeatedly from my landline. Once connected, they were experiencing a
    higher than usual rate of dropped calls. So they weren't doing too well
    either.

    - David
     
  16. loem01

    loem01 Guest

    I was in midtown Manhattan when the black out occurred, and had no
    T-Mobile service right away, even after trying again numerous times.
    I was able to catch on a bus around the area of the 42nd St bus
    terminal to New Jersey, and it wasn't until we got near the Midtown
    Tunnel entrance area I was able to catch on with some signal to make
    calls, but then the signal didn't seem "consistent." Once we got over
    to the Jersey side the service seemed to be better. What I know for
    sure is, on the bus I was riding the only people who were able to make
    and receive calls were the those with Verizon phones. I guess you get
    what you pay for.


    Smac <Smac61@your.panties.hotmail.com> wrote in message news:<MPG.19ab1f8bc4f98d85989681@news.mi.comcast.giganews.com>...
    > How was your carrier during the blackout?
    >
    > Here in the northern suburbs of Detroit:
    >
    > Verizon: Reliable
    > Sprint: Very poor or no service
    > Cingular: Very poor or no service (second hand account from reliable
    > source).
    > Nextel: No service
    > AT&T: ???
    > T-Mobile: ???
    >
    > This was with some fairly extensive driving throughout Macomb County and
    > reports from Oakland county.
    > What were your experiences?
    >
    > S
     

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