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Old 09-06-2005, 12:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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May be headed to the NOLA and Baton Rouge areas for medical relief and other service in the post Katrina situation. Any confirmation that TMO has bb and cell service up and running in the area? Have heard some limited cell restoration...

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So far only one I know for sure about is Nextel. The guy who told me that was in the city and he said that just depended on where he was. Of course he is at home after being shot by looters so not sure now.

Get well soon Rich...
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May be headed to the NOLA and Baton Rouge areas for medical relief and other service in the post Katrina situation. Any confirmation that TMO has bb and cell service up and running in the area? Have heard some limited cell restoration...
T-Mobile announced on Saturday that wireless service is restored to many areas of downtown New Orleans. Here's a link to the press release: http://home.businesswire.com/portal/...34&newsLang=en.

You might call the contacts included in the press release for info about specific areas. If they don't know, they can probably point you in the right direction.

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Thanks very much....great help...
also awaiting confirmation from some users in area
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I was there in New Orleans, until I got shot. Carriers are reporting that they are getting back up and running, but as of yesterday when I left, signal was still spotty in areas, even the downtown area. Once you get a signal stay still until you finish the call. Most of us who had Nextel could use the radio, but cell usage was spotty. I used my Blackberry, but data coverage was spotty. It will take a while. Even if carriers get it running. There will be a lot of clean up and demolition later. Car charger will help, or an extra battery, I was going through my battery a lot due to signal search.
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Dude, that sucks. Still...thanks from all of us who didn't go to help. I hope all is well with you now.

Is your Nextel listed as a priority (?) device? Apparently Nextel can limit direct connect to certain customers when circumstances warrant. We learned this last year during the hurricanes when Public Service friends could DC while the rest of us got a message like "Priority ???" something. This lasted about 3 days after the first storm. It makes sense and we didn't whine figuring the police and ems should have prescedence over me calling my mom to find out how the dog is.
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Until my retirement is official I have had EMS access. My BB is how I have gotten most my calls over the past years. So it could possibly be, but all I know is that it worked while I was there.
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rcrivera03, I hope you are recovering quickly. All my thank to you and all the others that were and are part of the recovery. Best wishes to you.
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I was there in New Orleans, until I got shot. .
What happen Dude, that really sucks???
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soap check the off topic lounge for the whole story
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Many cell companies are utilizing what they call "mobile command centers" and other solutions that apparently let them move mobile towers in the area...this slows things down for some of the rest of us, but as of right now priority is making sure anyone in that area is able to make calls when their lives depend on it.

Nextel has restored signal in quite a bit of New Orleans, but true, it is spotty and you might not get a capital NXTL on your phone (the four elements of your service) for awhile...many only get a capital N for phone service, others TL and can use data, but it just depends on what was able to survive the storm and where crews are able to get portable signal solutions worked out...Of course getting full service is high priority, but companies also don't want to risk their employee's lives to make sure everyone can get email as long as everyone can at least make emergency calls.
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Thanks for all the info & all
Awaiting formation of team to go to Baton Rouge/NO area
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