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