AT&T and T-Mobile today announced that they've agreed to enable roaming on their networks for customers of both carriers in parts of New York and New Jersey that've been heavily impacted by Hurricane Sandy. This will allow users to access whichever network is more functional in their particular area. There will be no special actions that need to be completed by the customers, and they won't be hit with any plan changes or anything like that for using the the other carrier's network.
Hurricane Sandy has been taking its toll on areas along the East Coast, and as a result, the cell networks have been affected in some areas. While I'm sure that AT&T and T-Mobile are working to bring their networks back online as quickly as possible, it's great to see that the two carriers can reach an agreement to allow their customers to roam onto the more operational network in the New York and New Jersey areas. It's not clear exactly how long this agreement will be in place, but for now customers on AT&T and T-Mobile should have an easier time finding cell service to contact loved ones.
AT&T and T-Mobile Open Networks to Customers of Both Carriers in New York and New Jersey
DALLAS & BELLEVUE, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In the wake of destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy, AT&T and T-Mobile are taking extraordinary measures to make sure our customers can stay in touch.
AT&T and T-Mobile have entered into an agreement to enable roaming on their networks to customers of both companies in the heavily impacted areas and where capacity is available and for subscribers with a compatible device.
AT&T and T-Mobile customers will be able to place calls just as they normally would, but their calls will be carried by whichever network is most operational in their area. This will be seamless for AT&T and T-Mobile customers with no change to their current rate plans or service agreements even if the phone indicates the device is attached to the other carrier’s network.
T-Mobile and AT&T both utilize network technology based on GSM and UMTS standards, which allows for this sharing of voice and data traffic.
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