Japan Earthquake: Internet works, cell phones do not

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by PracticalMac, Mar 11, 2011.

  1. PracticalMac macrumors 68030


    Jan 22, 2009
    Houston, TX
    This morning we tried to call some relatives and friends in Japan.

    As expected, the cell system is overloaded and unusable (and best for emergency).

    However using Yahoo Messenger and Skype we where able to contact one friend, AND also video conference!
    They were surprised that in Japan they too could not call anyone, but could talk and see us in the US!

    Hope this helps someone.
  2. awmazz, Mar 11, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2014
  3. jzuena macrumors 6502a


    Feb 21, 2007
    Lexington, MA, USA
    One of my friends has Facebook posts of one of the aftershocks where he and a bunch of others are standing out by the airplanes at Tokyo's airport. He said that luckily nobody at the International terminal in the airport seemed to be hurt, and that the duty free shops were pretty much toast. I assume he and the others are spending the night at the airport and not trying to head back to the city.
  4. R94N macrumors 68020


    May 30, 2010
    Who says social networks aren't completely useless? Once again they are shining through and helping to get the word out.
  5. SactoGuy18 macrumors 68030


    Sep 11, 2006
    Sacramento, CA USA
    However, there's one problem: Facebook is not that useful in Japan.

    Social networking in Japan is dominated by two locally-created services, Gree and Mixi, both of which are tied to cellphones that have Japanese telephone numbers. A lot of people found out people are okay through Gree and Mixi.
  6. balsagoth007 macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2011
    are cell phones not working across all the country ?
  7. nastebu macrumors 6502

    May 5, 2008
    Look at the posting dates! Cell phones are fine now.
  8. PracticalMac thread starter macrumors 68030


    Jan 22, 2009
    Houston, TX
    I did say that.

    Most of the system was overloaded with calls, every time we tried it was a pre-recorded "system busy" message (Tokyo area).

    We had much better success at using Skype and Yahoo to talk to friends the traditional phones/cell phones.

    Of course areas directly in tsunami area would have neither, because it was all simply destroyed.

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