This is, by far, the worst cell outage I've seen in the UK. There is zero connectivity via O2 in e.g. London, data or otherwise.
FM radio was about the only thing working. Thank you cheap nokia!
I have an iPhone now which is devoid of an FM radio but carry a multiband VHF transceiver with me most of the time now as that can pick up FM and do comms on 2m (I have an amateur radio license as well).
If you're in the US: http://www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio
Anywhere else, check your local society. It's quite easy to get into and not particularly expensive. Less than $100 including a cheap handheld radio as a starting point.
> We believe other mobile operators around the world are also affected.
Anyone else affected?
Once you get on the page:
We're really sorry but this system is currently
experiencing some technical problems.
Our engineers have been notified, so please check back
Perhaps they have - and it's overloaded.
Luckily, there's WiFi at home, at work, and on the trains, so it's not really affecting me too much, but I'd really like to see the postmortem of such a huge outage.