T-Mobile is ready for Winter Storm Jonas


Winter Storm Jonas is starting to hit the mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions of the US today, with snow, ice, and perhaps even thundersnow expected to hit. During these major weather events, it’s important to be able to communicate with your loved ones, and T-Mobile is making sure that you can do just that.

T-Mo says that it’s got Cell On Wheels (COWs) and fuel tanks ready to roll in the areas of impact, and it’s also got engineers and rapid response teams prepared to move out and take care of any issues that might arise. Meanwhile, T-Mobile’s Network Operation Centers are keeping an eye on network traffic and can switch to backups it necessary.

T-Mobile stores are taking part in the storm safety effort, too. Stores that are open will offer charging stations for everyone, regardless of which carrier they’re on, to ensure that folks can keep in touch with loved ones.

As for what you can do to help protect yourself during the storm, you can ensure that your handset is fully charged and have a plan to juice it back up if need be. You should also try to keep your phone dry so that you don’t lose your line of communication. And if you do need to contact someone, T-Mo recommends using a text message first since they’re more likely to go through during times of heavy network traffic. If you need to make a call, you can use Wi-Fi Calling to stay off the cellular network, and you can keep cellular calls brief to ensure that others’ calls can get through, too.

While it remains to be seen if the winter storm is as bad as the forecasts say it will be, the snow has already started falling in several cities. So if you’re in an area that’s predicted to be hit by the storm, it’d be wise to charge up your phone and be sure that you’re prepared for the worst. Be safe, folks!

Source: T-Mobile

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  • SurvivingSunnyvale

    “Cell On Wheels (COWs)”

    How do these work?

    Satellite connectors or microwave relay to the nearest working tower?

    • besweeet

      They often tap into available fiber connections.

  • ThatsMrtoyou

    It’s the winter and a winter storm is dumping snow….wow, amazing. The world can now end…lol my god the news over inflates things

    • Josh McDaniel

      it’s the vast amount with the 50mph wind gusts. So yeah, it’s gonna be crippling.

  • taxandspend

    Is T-Mobile part of NBC now? What’s up with the Weather Channel named storm?

    • icwhatudidthere

      Exactly. Winter storm naming is just free advertising for the Weather Channel.

      • AJ2

        And it’s working because more media organizations are using it, and it’s trending on Twitter. The name coinciding with a hot young celebrity is helping

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    T Mobile has some big COWS. I really like the charging station idea for any carrier client.

    • Trevnerdio

      Hey. I resent the cow statement.

    • AJ2

      Cuz you’ll be able to drive through a blizzard to a charging station when officials tell you to stay home or close the roads?

      • Guest 2

        Or for when the blizzard has passed but still no electricity, and no car chargers I guess.

  • justanormalguy13

    Hmm, a great benefit of WiFi calling that I never thought of. During times of extreme heavy usage, you can bypass the cell towers.

    • Goat

      I’ve found Comcast to be more unreliable then T-Mobile .-.


        I agree, I would expect my Comcast service to be down before T-Mobile in case of a disaster or bad weather

  • patt

    People are hyping up this storm so bad.. esp weather channel. Did you guys see a normal winter in Russia or any other European countries? lol. Russia gets even temps as low as -50 / -55C and so much snow.

    • Josh McDaniel

      It isn’t the temperatures lol it’s the vast amount. The NWS said its possible for 40+ inches with 50+ mph winds. So yeah, it’s got a reason to be hyped lol. People are gonna have 8 ft+ snow drifts plus downed trees and power lines.

      • humpfh

        I was mocking the headlines at work yesterday with a coworker. “EPIC STORM POUNDS NORTHEAST, INTENSIFYING” was one of my favourites.

    • AJ2

      3rd worst snow fall in NYC according to CNN… DC area got over 2 feet of snow & snow for over 30 hours & Jersey Shore has streets that are flooded, and others have been stranded on highways for hours. This storm actually was worse than forecast in many areas

  • Edgar Gonzalez

    waiting for the T-Mobile haters later on to come through when they are at a T-Mobile store trying to charge their phones complaining about how the slow the chargers are or how long the lines are to charge them or something along those lines.

  • mikeZo6

    T-Mobile should use COW all the time to improve service in areas everywhere its needed in a lot of areas.

    • Mike Palomba

      I’m pretty sure those aren’t very efficient and that’s why they’re only used sometimes

  • humpfh


  • Fuuuuuuuuu

    Failing to prepare is preparing to fail!

  • Please don’t use the Weather Channel’s made up storm names.

    • Guest 2

      Let’s name it John, like John Legere. Because he doesn’t discriminate, be it AT&T, Sprint or the EFF.

    • Dominimmiv

      Thank you!

  • Haven’t heard much about Legere in the news recently. So I came here hoping to read that T-Mobile would be announcing a secret T-Mobile Marketing Plan detailing a cooperative marketing agreement for the popular prescription drugs Xifaxan or Coumadin now available as part of T-Mobile’s new rateplans. Prescription drug logos would be next to Netflix and HBO’s.


  • Matt

    Absolutely no outages in one of the worst hit areas! That’s reliability. I’m a magenta fanboi for life.

  • icwhatudidthere

    T-Mobile came through! My cable and internet was out most of Saturday but I turned on my hotspot, connected my Chromecast and had very few problems, even hitting 30 mbps.