Apple working with AT&T to bring Band 8 LTE to iPhone users in Puerto Rico
Peurto Rico is still suffering in the wake of horrific hurricane damage and communication services remain down for a huge number of people on the island. Apple and AT&T are hoping to help by making Band 8 AT&T available through a special carrier update.
Matthew Panzarino, reporting for TechCrunch:
Apple told Techcrunch the following:
The carrier update should become available to AT&T iPhone users in Puerto Rico this week.
Good on Apple. Good on AT&T. And Good on Alphabet and Google for deploying the "Loon Balloons" that, with so many cell towers down, will aid in making these connections possible.
Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and other areas still require massive amounts of money, time, and resources to rebuild, so if you're continuing to give and help in every way you can, good on you as well.
We're all in this together.
Updated to include a mention of Alphabet and Google's Loon Baloon project and the connectivity it's enabling in an area where it's so desperately needed.
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Thank you Google for making this effective via loon balloons.
Great point, updated to include that!
Seriously? Alphabet tech is the backbone that makes all this possible and they get mentioned as an update? You take a serious situation and spin it in Apple’s favor and you can’t give everyone credit until you get called out? What is wrong with you, Rene?
That's the one thing I can say good about cell companies specifically: they will step up when disaster strikes and ease the burden on it's customers above and beyond most other services.
There's something to be said when private companies and private citizens are more willing to help than the executive government.