Students were affected by the national outage of AT&T’s cellular service on Feb. 22, which hindered the use of cellular devices. 

“I was not able to do anything functional on my phone, I was a bit concerned at first because I didn’t know if it was just me,” senior Delainey Beams said. “I was still able to use my computer until it was fixed.”

The outage began around 3:30 a.m. ET and mostly impacted users of mobile phones. NHS students were not able to use their phones to complete school work or communicate which potentially thwarted education and access to social media. 

“It was mainly an annoyance as I wasn’t able to access important things such as my email, even while I was connected to the school Wi-Fi,” senior Benjamin Berggren said. “Not being able to access social media also made my day feel way longer than it actually was.” 

Not all students were affected by the outages though, even some individuals who had AT&T didn’t experience any adverse effects. 

“The outage never affected me, but I knew a lot of students that it did affect and I know that they were not able to listen to music or text their friends,” junior Mary McMullin said. “Everybody was complaining. Is it really that hard for them to stay off of their phones?” 

*As of publishing, service has been restored to a majority of local devices.