AT&T and T-Mobile share networks to offer free communications in hurricane-stricken areas

Due to the wave of destruction brought upon New York City and other regions in the U.S. by Hurricane Sandy, T-Mobile and AT&T have teamed up to offer communications in affected areas with absolutely no roaming fees or plan charges as cellular services are being brought back to life. A recent report from the FCC states that 25 percent of all cellular services have been knocked out by the storm. It isn't clear when everything will be back to normal, but for now the two U.S. carriers are committed to lend a helping hand to all those who need it.

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  • The deal between AT&T and T-Mobile has the two carriers sharing their GSM and 3G networks in affected areas, with the better working connection taking precedence every time there is a connection.

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It's a much appreciated gesture for residents who might not have a choice to relocate for a vital phone call. - Jon Fingas, Engadget  
I was not expecting this after the failed acquisition but it is nice to see carriers working together. - The Berry Review Team, Berry Review  
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