|Sprint's Omaha wireline switching facility, cause of a 6-state, all-day outage|
for Sprint, Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile customers.
The outage affected Sprint, Virgin Mobile and Boost customers in six states: Lincoln and Omaha areas in Nebraska, Western Iowa, the Dakotas, Minneapolis and Kansas City, Missouri. 911 service via Sprint was also down for the count for many customers. 236-250 of Sprint's cellular towers were affected.
Target stores in Lincoln, Omaha, Minneapolis and elsewhere, which use Sprint systems for POS (point of sale) transactions, were unable to process coupons, debit and credit cards.
KETV's weatherman complained on-air that he wasn't getting temperatures from many weather reporting stations, because of "the Sprint deal."
Sprint is majority-owned by SoftBank, the Japanese group controlled by the billionaire Masayoshi Son.
AKSARBENT drove by the facility at 7:00 pm and spotted a semi with a huge Cummins generator and workmen from Miller Electric leaving the building. By 7:30 Sprint, Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile phones started working again.
Virgin Mobile customers who call are getting refunds for the outage.
Below: KMTV's coverage by Megan Hahn, an excellent exporter.