This is pretty cool: AT&T and T-Mobile have both announced that they will be temporarily combining their coverage in areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy on Monday night.

The deal will allow subscribers from the two carriers to roam on either network without incurring penalties, or affecting their rate plans, and it should greatly improve their service…

Here’s the joint press release (via Engadget):

“In the wake of destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy, AT&T and T-Mobile are taking extraordinary measures to make sure our customers can stay in touch.

AT&T and T-Mobile have entered into an agreement to enable roaming on their networks to customers of both companies in the heavily impacted areas and where capacity is available and for subscribers with a compatible device.

AT&T and T-Mobile customers will be able to place calls just as they normally would, but their calls will be carried by whichever network is most operational in their area. This will be seamless for AT&T and T-Mobile customers with no change to their current rate plans or service agreements even if the phone indicates the device is attached to the other carrier’s network.

T-Mobile and AT&T both utilize network technology based on GSM and UMTS standards, which allows for this sharing of voice and data traffic.”

There’s no word on how long the partnership will last, but the FCC says that 25% of the cell towers are still down in the Northeast. Either way, what a great gesture from the two companies.

Stay safe everyone.

  • JerseyD

    Service has been so bad here. Just had Cable and Internet restored in my neighborhood. I know a lot of people impacted by this storm. Towns across NJ are destroyed. If can donate anything please to w a reputable organization like Red Cross.

  • Chris

    That is really good of them to do for these people that need to be in touch with FEMA and loved ones… Way to go AT&T and Tmobile !

  • Latinpride011

    Things like this is what makes loyal customers stay. Thank you AT&T & Tmobile

  • This is how responsible corporate citizens should always operate. This gives kudos to both companies.

  • goofygreek

    Yea, At&t really prepared for this storm. My friend works for a company that supplies equipment for at&t towers, and he said they sent out a lot of equipment to rebuild towers before the storm struck. Im sure at&t was just waiting for those towers to go down. That and at&t was constantly posting on twitter that they were preparing for the storm.

  • I love AT&T for this, my service was down to 1 or no service day after Sandy, glad they did this. But for F’kn us unlimited user, Fuck them too