The network that offers you unlimited data is in some hot water today after a fiber was cut in Wisconsin. Minnesota, Washington, and Oregon all experienced loss of data access and the ability to call other phones with their Sprint devices. Alaska airlines was down as well because the outages caused a network disruption which made them unable to check in their passengers. Sprint sent out this official statement:
Due to a fiber cut in the Pacific northwest, you may have issues making or receiving calls, or accessing data services if you are in the Minnesota, Washington, or Oregon areas. The issue has been identified and crews are working diligently to correct the problem. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Alaska airlines, according to TechCrunch, claims that the fiber was cut at 7:30 am in Wisconsin, but there have been conflicting reports between Sprint and Alaska Airlines.
Sprint customers will most likely not see their coverage restored until around 5 PM PST.
A lot of Sprint users have taken to twitter to vent their frustration, but a lot of it is really uncalled for in my opinion. We don’t who is responsible for the cut fiber, and even if a Sprint employee did accidentally cut the fiber, it’s just an accident. Go read a real physical book or meet up with your friend in person. Your phone is not your entire world.