Mobile virtual network operator ROK Mobile recently decided to team up with crowdsourcing platform M2Catalyst in order to determine the extent of Hurricane Maria’s impact on the wireless communications networks of Puerto Rico. After crowdsourcing the number of unique cellular device connection before and after the hurricane hit the island nation, it was found that 86 percent of all cellular sites within the country are completely down.
Via a statement, Ajit Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), is once again urging Apple to activate support for FM radio in the tech giant’s iPhone devices, especially in light of the series of hurricanes that have hit the United States within the last couple of months. Pai also said that he has called on the mobile industry several times in the past in order to get FM chips activated in just about every recent smartphone released in the US mobile market.
Right now, Hurricane Irma is barrelling through the Caribbean region, and it appears that the storm is still retaining its Category 5 status. As it makes its way to the United States, it is important for people to be prepared, especially with regards to staying connected so that they can be reached when and after Irma hits. For tips on how to prepare yourself, scroll down below.
The four biggest wireless carriers in the United States -- Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint -- have decided to help all of its subscribers affected with Hurricane Patricia by completely waiving all fees for international voice calls and text messages between the US and Mexico. Even though the damage caused by Hurricane Patricia was not as bad as initially projected (thankfully, there were no fatalities reported), there is no doubt that a vast number of mobile users based in America are concerned about the wellbeing of their family and friends situated in Mexico.
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