American Travelers in Europe Face Phone Outage

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US mobile operators AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile suffered an outage that affected travelers in Europe. Many vacationers have lost access to essential phone functions such as data, calls and texts.

Social media is full of frustrated travelers from Great Britain to Turkey, unable to connect for up to 24 hours. The cause of the outage is unclear, but it appears to be related to an issue with a third-party provider used for international roaming.

Carriers have recognized the problem:

  • AT&T says its network is operating normally, but some international customers may experience outages due to an external issue. They are working with a roaming partner to resolve the issue.
  • Verizon informed customers on social media that their teams are working with local providers to resolve the issue.
  • T-Mobile also confirmed that it is affected by the third-party provider issue and is working on a solution.

Travelers faced inconveniences and some concerns:

  • George Lagos, a tourist in Greece, was unable to reach his planned contacts for one day, but fortunately reconnected before major problems arose.
  • Even more worrying is the fact that Mr Lagos’ wife was unable to contact their caretaker due to the outage, highlighting the potential impact on critical communications.

There are alternative connection options:

  • For phones with removable SIM cards, switching to a local SIM (available on prepaid plans) may restore service.
  • Newer phones can use apps like Airalo to purchase affordable eSIM data plans for various destinations.
  • When available, public Wi-Fi networks can also be used.

The disruption appears to be improving, but these tips offer helpful solutions for travelers who face similar issues in the future.

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