Your cell phone might not work during total solar eclipse
If you’re like most people, you probably have your cell phone on you right now. But, it might not work on the day of the total solar eclipse. That’s why some cell companies are taking precautions.
AT&T will have two portable cell towers in Carbondale, Illinois, and Hopkinsville, Kentucky. They’re supposed to help boost service for customers within two miles of the tower. Verizon will also have a portable tower in Hopkinsville. Sprint says it doesn’t need one because of recent upgrades.
Even with the towers in place, service could get spotty with so many people on their phones, making it nearly impossible for you to post online or even call your mom. Think of it like everyone in your family is trying to use the Wi-Fi at home. If five people are trying to watch Netflix on different devices, you’re going to run into some issues.
Latifah Smith says her biggest concern is her kids.
"The one in school, he has to have brain surgery again," says Smith. "So, like if something happened, I would lose my mind literally, because how am I going to contact the school to make sure he’s okay? I can’t leave work. That’s a big issue."
Alice Hall loves taking pictures of her grandson with her cell phone. But once the eclipse starts, she says her phone won’t be anywhere in sight.
"To be honest, I want to see the eclipse," says Hall. "I don’t want to be messing with my phone trying to take pictures. There will be millions of pictures that will be on the internet by professionals. This is something I want to see. I don’t want to miss a second of it."
If you need to get a hold of someone on the day of the eclipse, the American Red Cross suggests sending a text message, which is more likely to go through than a phone call.
First responders have plans in place in case of an emergency, and they suggest you do the same. The Red Cross says get with you family now to set up a meeting point. That way, if there is an emergency that knocks out communication, you’ll be able to find each other.