In a Hurricane, Turn Off 3G and Try Texting

Source: Sam Grobart, The New York Times

In addition to some tech tips posted Friday regarding how to prepare technologically for Hurricane Irene, there’s another one worth remembering should you lose your electricity. If you have a smartphone, turn off its 3G (or, if it has it, 4G) connectivity. (It may be in your phone’s “settings” or “network” menu). Doing so will help conserve battery life and may just improve your voice-calling ability because non-3G and 4G networks are still more prevalent and easier to access when the network is congested. And that’s another thing: 3G and 4G networks excel at transmitting data, not voice, so if all you’re trying to do is place a call, the slower speeds should not be a problem.

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