Thursday, April 18, 2024

AT&T Customers in Northwest Louisiana Face Widespread Outages, Urged to Utilize Wi-Fi Calling

by BIZ Magazine

AT&T customers across northwest Louisiana woke up to a frustrating scenario on Thursday as widespread outages disrupted wireless services, leaving many without connectivity.

Reports flooded in from concerned customers experiencing disruptions in their cellular service, with some even seeing distressing SOS messages on their phone screens, indicating connectivity issues with AT&T’s network.

In a statement addressing the outage, AT&T acknowledged the situation, reassuring customers that efforts were underway to rectify the problem swiftly. “Some of our customers are experiencing wireless service interruptions this morning. Our network teams took immediate action, and so far three-quarters of our network has been restored. We are working as quickly as possible to restore service to remaining customers,” AT&T officials said in a statement.

However, the disruption left many residents grappling with the potential consequences, especially in emergencies where reliable communication is paramount. To mitigate the impact of the outage, AT&T advised affected customers to leverage Wi-Fi calling capabilities available on most smartphones.

Wi-Fi calling, a built-in feature on Android and iOS devices, enables users to make and receive calls over a Wi-Fi network, circumventing the need for cellular connectivity. By activating Wi-Fi calling in their phone settings, individuals can maintain communication even in areas with poor cellular reception.

As AT&T continues its efforts to address the outage and restore services fully, residents in northwest Louisiana are urged to stay informed and utilize available resources to mitigate the impact of the disruption on their daily lives.

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