How to use WIFI to communicate on your smartphone

wifi in mammoth lakes

On February 6, 2015, visitors and residents in the Mammoth Lakes area lost cell service on Verizon Wireless due to the Round Fire. AT&T cell service still works. If you are an Eastern Sierra resident or visitor affected by this, here are some top tips for using wifi to communicate during the outage.

WiFi communication hacks

Text: As long as you’re connected to wifi you can continue to use text.

Direct Message (DM): Direct messaging on social media is a great way to stay connected. Facebook, Twitter, and gChat (google) all have DM functionality.

Skype, Google Hangouts: Download the Skype app and you can either face time or people can “call your phone.” Google Hangouts also allow you to video or audio conference and Facetime lets you, well, facetime.

Email: Send and receive emails on your phone

Public WiFi Hotspots in Mammoth Lakes

Black Velvet Coffee: 3343 Main Street, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

Base Camp Cafe: 3325 Main Street, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

Looney Bean: 26 Old Mammoth Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

Mammoth Brewing Company: 18 Lake Mary Rd, 26 Old Mammoth Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546 (WIFI available 3pm to close, during the outage, in the Tasting Room)

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area: 1 Minaret Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

Toomeys: 6085 Minaret Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546 (at the Village at Mammoth)

Starbucks (The Village): 6201 Minaret Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

Starbucks  (Vons):481 Old Mammoth Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

Mono County Public Library (Mammoth Lakes Branch) 400 Sierra Park Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

 

Verizon is working on restoring service. Bishop and Bridgeport now have service and Verizon is hoping to get Mammoth Lakes back up and running soon.

For more information about the Round Fire, visit http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_details_info?incident_id=1073

 

NOTE: While 911 should still work, if you have an emergency, it’s best to get to the nearest landline.