I rely on my cell phone. It’s an essential service for me. I don’t have a landline, so it’s my only phone… but it’s also my alarm clock, a huge portion of my music listening, my primary email client, my calendar, and my shopping list. It’s beyond essential for me.
It’s also several years old at this point, and probably nearing the end of its lifespan.
This is kind of a big deal, because I can’t afford a new one right now, and I don’t want to go on a plan with my cell phone provider.
This morning I had a moment of panic. I looked at my phone and saw that it was showing no service. I knew I didn’t owe any money on it, and also that when your phone is cut off for non-payment it doesn’t look like that (I know this for obvious reasons). So, I thought my phone might have bit the big one finally.
I might be the only person who was relieved to discover it was a region wide outage, with other areas also being affected.
Now, I’m profoundly interested to find out the cause.
Once upon a time, many years ago, I was an employee of Aliant. I did on the phone tech support. We had a region wide outage due to a cyber attack, but that was internet service. This seems to be affecting the towers themselves. I can’t imagine a DDOS would be able to affect them like this (where the phone just can’t see them at all), so it has to be something else. Either someone pulled off a major attack, or bell really, really fucked up. Of course, I’m hearing rumours that it’s affecting AT&T as well. That would seem to point to either some form of shared hardware they use in their towers dying or else an attack.
It has the potential for a good plot. I might use it at some point. Either a science fiction deal or else a thriller/terrorist kind of thing. Would depend on the reason given for the loss of service.