Cell service providers explain plan of action for solar eclipse

Will cell service be slow during the eclipse?

The eclipse is almost here, and if it's not recorded it didn't happen, right?

So feel free to tweet, snap, and text away because cell phone providers say they’re ready for it.

Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile all sent WMAZ statements providing their plan of action.

Many have the same idea, so let's group them:

Cells on Wheels (COWS)- Portable towers to help enhance cell service in high traffic.

  • Verizon
  • AT&T
  • T-Mobile

4G LTE- Service enhancement that covers over 90% of the U.S Population, including us in Macon.

  • Sprint is the only provider who specified this was part of their action plan

Network Teams in the Field (whether in path of totality or not)

  • Verizon
  • AT&T
  • T-Mobile
  • Sprint

If you decide to stay connected during the eclipse AT&T and Sprint provided me with some useful tips:

  1. Resort to texts, not calls. Text messages require fewer network resources.
  2. Disable apps on your phone. This can be done by going to the settings icon on your phone
  3. Fully charge the device, or bring a portable charger, especially if in rural area.

The eclipse will only be in totality for about two and a half minutes, so regardless of impulse, it may be best to simply put down the phone and enjoy the show.

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