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AT&T Wireless network in the US was FUBAR this morning

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Earlier today the AT&T Wingular network was FUBAR here in Minneapolis. Users like myself couldn't make calls to most phone numbers, including 611 for AT&T support. When attempted they got a message stating that the number dialed 'is not in service.' I had this issue. My wife had this issue and some friends I checked with had the same problem. Anyone else?

 

BTW, it didn't matter what you tried to call -- local, long distance, land line, wireless number, toll-free, etc. they were all 'unavailable.'

 

The only twi numbers I could call were my wife and a friend who's on T-Mo.

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Were you ale to talk to AT&T?

 

The only time I had that happen they told me a tower was out or something, but today, I didn't experience any problems on the St Paul side of the river. I made and rec'd several calls throughout the day.

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I was working and unable to stay on the phone with AT&T during the outage due to my schedule. However, my wife called them from a land line, waited over forty minutes to speak with a rep and finally had to go. I did call after the fact and was given an amorphous answer to my question that, in the end, meant nothing.

 

One additional note on the issue -- people using the 3G iPhone appear to have had this problem. Those with other handsets, including the 1st gen iPhone, experienced no such outages.

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Odd that it would be handset specific, but odd things happen.

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Odd that it would be handset specific, but odd things happen.

 

 

Given the 3G iPhone was the only 3G device I know of my guess is that the 3G network had a hiccup.

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That makes no sense. The 3G iPhone doesn't use 3G to place or receive calls. It only uses it for data.

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That makes no sense. The 3G iPhone doesn't use 3G to place or receive calls. It only uses it for data.

 

 

From Apple's website:

 

... and if you’re in an area without a 3G network, iPhone connects you via GSM for calls and EDGE for data ...

 

I'm not well-versed in the technical details but my understanding is that the 3G network is both voice & data. Needless to say the primary benefit is the increased data speed.

 

Link that confirms the voice aspects of 3G: http://tinyurl.com/4gcdt6

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yea i'm not sure either. i didnt try making any calls this morning in minneapolis, but i had full bars and my 3G data was working fine all morning if that means anything.

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yea i'm not sure either. i didnt try making any calls this morning in minneapolis, but i had full bars and my 3G data was working fine all morning if that means anything.

 

 

that's the funny thing, i had a strong signal and there were no data issues -- sms, internet or email. i drove around a little covering approximately ten miles and no improvement came about.

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