Hurricane Maria: Summary of communication status - and lack of
sean at donelan.com
Sat Sep 23 21:52:59 UTC 2017
Reportedly most (All?) operational cellular carriers on Puerto Rico have
activated "universal roaming" service. All working towers will accept
roaming connections from any phone from any carrier (or no service
provider). You may need to turn the phone off & on so it scans for a
Roaming still requires a working cell tower. 48 counties and
county-equivalents in Puerto Rico have 0% cell sites working. Less than
25% of cell sites in the remaining counties are working. Capacity is
extremely limited, so use SMS/Text rather than voice or data.
A side-effect of universal roaming is lack of billing, so expect carriers
to announce they are waiving charges and overages in Puerto Rico.
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