In Rare Show Of Camaraderie, AT&T And T-Mobile Share Networks For Storm Victims

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Usually, when we’re talking about the major US carriers in a scope beyond that of just what phones they’re getting soon, it’s about who’s trying to buy out whom, who wants more spectrum, or who’s planning to raise rates and decrease its level of service. As such, it’s easy to grow a bit pessimistic about these companies. That’s not always a reputation that’s deserved, however, as occasionally we get brief flashes of hope through news like that which we’re receiving this afternoon, upon T-Mobile and AT&T banding together to help victims of Hurricane Sandy remain in touch.

With all the service outages in areas struck by the storm, the two carriers have announced that they’re opening up their networks to each other in New Jersey and New York. Users from either carrier will be able to have their calls routed through the other’s network, with no extra roaming fees.

This covers both voice and 3G services, but with limited hardware support for each other’s 3G bands, it might be voice service that benefits the most from this situation.

Considering how much of the area is still without power, this gesture could go a long way towards helping residents feel like they’re still connected with the outside world.

Source: AT&T, T-Mobile
Via: Engadget

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!