PSA: Having cellular connectivity or texting issues tonight?

PSA: Having cellular connectivity or texting issues tonight?

You’re not alone…

Tonight, many users are experiencing a myriad of problems related to their wireless carrier, be it with LTE connectivity, text messages not being received, delivered, or coming in late, or times of cellular outage. A look at downdetector.com shows spikes of reported problems at every major US carrier, all starting around the same time this evening and persisting into the early morning hours.

A potential cause for this communications disturbance could be the “leap second” that was added to atomic clocks yesterday, June 30th, 2015. A “leap second” occurs to keep these clocks in sync with the Earth’s rotation, which according to NASA, is gradually slowing down. The world’s computers are synced to this time as well, which could cause potential problems with older computer systems that do not correctly account for this extra second. Some will recall that, during the last “leap second” in 2012, Reddit had crashed, flights at Australia’s airports were delayed, and certain financial systems were affected as well. According to a tweet sent out earlier by Dyn Research, tonight’s “leap second” had caused around 5 minutes of transient global routing instability. At the time of this writing, however, no US carrier has reported any problems with their network.

If you’re seeing issues tonight, hang tight, as these should be sorted out in short order.

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Mike McCrary
Mike McCrary

A part time audio engineer and full time gadget lover, Mike McCrary has been interested in mobile technology since acquiring a T-Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition in 2002, and in computer technology in general since first booting up an Apple II GS computer. His first foray into the Android realm was in 2008 with the T-Mobile G1, and he has been involved with the platform ever since. His passion of both music and technology has lead to him pursuing the main goal of combing both into a fun and rewarding career. His other interests include dogs, pro-wrestling, gaming, and Monster Energy Drinks.