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    Major Cell Service Outage Hits AT&T: A Nationwide Disruption Unfolds

      TL;DR: Early Thursday saw a significant spike in service outages for major U.S. cell carriers, particularly AT&T, with over 31,000 reports at its peak. Verizon and T-Mobile also faced disruptions, albeit on a smaller scale, with around 1,000 reports each. The sudden loss of mobile service left many customers in the lurch, and the cause of the outage remains unclear. Affected providers have yet to release statements addressing the issue or outlining steps towards resolution.

    Nationwide Cell Service Disruptions Impact Major Carriers

    Early Thursday morning, thousands of Americans found themselves without cell service as widespread outages hit major carriers, with AT&T users reporting the most significant impact. According to data from the outage-tracking website DownDetector, the disruptions peaked in the early hours, affecting not only AT&T but also Verizon and T-Mobile customers.

    AT&T Customers Hit Hardest

    AT&T experienced a substantial spike in service disruptions, with over 31,000 outage reports filed around 4 a.m. ET. Although these numbers saw a slight decrease, with reports dropping to around 25,000, the impact was felt across the provider's network. The sudden loss of service left many customers searching for answers and alternatives to stay connected.

    Verizon and T-Mobile Also Affected

    While AT&T bore the brunt of the service issues, Verizon and T-Mobile customers did not escape unscathed. Both carriers saw around 1,000 reported outages during the same timeframe. The cause of these disruptions remains a mystery, as affected companies have yet to release official statements detailing the source or the full scope of the affected areas.

    Seeking Answers and Solutions

    As the day progresses, customers and industry watchers alike are eager for information. The lack of communication from the affected service providers has led to speculation and frustration among users. With the reliance on mobile connectivity for everything from business communications to personal connections, the demand for a swift resolution and explanation is high.

    As of now, the specific cause of the outage and the timeline for a full restoration of services remain unclear. Customers are advised to stay tuned for updates from their respective carriers.

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