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America's cellular network crippled as millions experience outage

America's cellular network crippled as millions experience outage

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A number of Americans are reporting outage with a number of cellular providers across the country, including AT&T, Cricket Wireless, Verizon, T-Mobile and other service providers.

According to data from Downdetector, in locations including Houston, Atlanta and Chicago, AT&T had more than 64,000 outages this morning (Thursday, February 22) which began at around 3.30am ET.

It's the country's largest cellular provider, with more than 240 million subscribers.

In a statement, AT&T is reported as saying they are working urgently to restore service, and encourage the use of Wi-Fi calling until normal service resumes.

Downdetector says Cricket Wireless had more than 13,000 outages, Verizon 4,000, and T-Mobile more than 1,900, with Boost Mobile having around 400 outages.

Verizon is reported as saying that their issues have been fixed, while T-Mobile reportedly said there was no outage.

In a statement, T-Mobile said that it did not experience an outage: “Our network is operating normally. Down Detector is likely reflecting challenges our customers were having attempting to connect to users on other networks.”

Verizon's statement said: "Verizon’s network is operating normally. Some customers experienced issues this morning when calling or texting with customers served by another carrier. We are continuing to monitor the situation."

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