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Sprint faces ill-timed New York City-wide voice outage

updated 03:20 pm EDT, Wed June 9, 2010

Evo 4G may contribute to NYC voice outage

Sprint today suffered a critical setback today as the carrier's CDMA network appeared to be suffering an outage through most or all of New York City. Data over 3G and 4G still appears to be working. The carrier in a statement said that one of its voice over IP switches encountered an "equipment failure" that rerouted voice traffic the wrong way after an attempted repair, creating congestion on the whole area network.

No estimated time was given for a fix, but the issue should reportedly be fixed "soon."

The failure follows less than a week after the Evo 4G launched and could be a setback for the phone in New York City. Residents have often complained about AT&T's oversaturated 3G network after the launch of the iPhone 3G there two years ago, but Sprint's failure, while currently a one-off incident, also highlights the potential fragility of its own network. It's unknown if the Evo 4G had any effect, but New York City is often considered a stronghold of Sprint's network and would have a disproportionately high number of Evo 4G buyers. [via Engadget and Sprint]

by MacNN Staff



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