When the New England states are getting buried in snow and face high winds this weekend will mobile service go dark? The big 4 wireless providers are doing everything they can to make sure that answer is no.
When superstrorm Sandy hit the east coast 5 months ago some areas that were counting on there smartphones and tablets found that they had no service. AT&T, Verizon, T-mobile and sprint are counting on hoping to avoid the same thing from happening this time around. All 4 providers have been busily stocking up on generators and other emergency supplies at all of their cellular tower to ensure that if the power goes out their customers will still be able to use all of their mobile devices.
"We've seen broadband and social media continue to play an important role in communication for people during this storm," he said. "Social media is a critical platform for sharing information with loved ones. And it's been vital in keeping those other communications networks open for first responders."
Most people today either have cordless phones that need power to work or they only use their cellular phones. This being the case if the power does go out during the latest blizzard those mobile devices will become heavily relied upon for communication needs. They will be counting on using mobile devices to be able to call the power company to find out just how long they will be in the dark, getting ahold of an emergency services that might be needed and staying in touch with friends and family.
Along with making sure they are ready for the storm the big 4 cellular providers want to make sure that everyone else has what they need to if the power does go down. The following iws a list of precautions that we should all take:
Keep all of your mobile devices fully charged so that they will be ready if the power goes out. If you do have some extra batteries for your devices you will want to make sure they are charged as well.
Since there are apps for everything you should make sure you have all the ones that will come in handy during an emergency. Some of these include a flashlight app, weather apps, local emergency numbers and a first-aid app.
Conserve your power usage during a time of crisis.
Use text messages when possible because they are use less battery reserves then calling on your smartphone.
Be prepared by going out ahead of time and buying emergency supplies like food, batteries,water and fire wood.
Be patient during crisis times.
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