Widespread cellphone service outages across the region hit by Sandy, with some carriers performing better than others depending on the location, are giving those debates new urgency.
In the East Village and Greenwich Village neighborhoods of Manhattan, where power has been out since Monday night, signals on the AT&T Inc.’s T -0.46% network were hard to find during walk-throughs conducted by The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday and Thursday. Verizon Wireless’s network performed a bit better, with calls going through in much of the area.
In interviews, several residents corroborated those findings, saying that Sprint NextelCorp. S +1.60% and T-Mobile USA signals were elusive as well and that they used their neighbors’ Verizon phones when they had to make calls.
Sprint and AT&T were completely down for about 5 days in the areas hardest hit (where we happen to live and work). Verizon was up most/all of the time.