All the major carriers are employing extra services in areas affected by the tornado in Oklahoma City. Cox Communications reported that thousands are without Internet or phone service. Some carriers are waiving overage charges during the disaster. You can text donations to help out victims.
If you have trouble getting through to Oklahoma City, it is reccomended to send text messages which don't use as much bandwidth as voice or web browsing.
AT&T is coordinating with local authorities and deploying additional resources. AT&T also will not charge for text voice and data overages or late fees through June 30 for tornado victims in the area.
Verizon Wireless' network is almost completely working after high call volumes. COWS (Cells on Wheels) will be deployed in the area as well as Wireless Emergency Centers to support relief efforts with emergency phone, internet access, charging stations and drinking water. Verizon committed to $100,000 in grants for disaster releif.
Sprint will not charge overages or late fees in the area until June 30. It is sending out its Emergency Response Team with Satelite Cell trucks for VoIP and extra mobile devices.
Some T-Mobile towers were damaged, while most are working. T-Mobile is sending out COWs.
- Text REDCROSS to 909999 to give $10 to the RedCross
- Salvation ARMY: text STORM to 80888 to contribute $10. Also, donations can be made by phone via 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
- Operation USA - Text AID to 50555 to donate $10. Donations can also be made by phone (1-800-678-7255)