Quake calls besiege phone networks

Verizion Wireless, AT&T, Sprint say deluge of calls leads to delays of up to 20 minutes.

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The Associated Press

The earthquake that shook the East Coast is also causing connection problems for cell phone customers.

Verizon Wireless and AT&T say their networks were congested as the quake sent people scrambling for the phones.

Verizon Wireless spokesman Tom Pica said there was no damage to the company's equipment. He said the crush of phone calls made it hard for some customers to get through for about 20 minutes after the quake but he said the congestion appears to be clearing.

Sprint said some customers may be experiencing delays.


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