My Samsung Galaxy S8+ was bought unlocked from Best Buy and the Republic Wireless SIM added a year ago. Everything has gone smoothly. I live 25 miles from Akron, Ohio in a small village that has 4G service, seldom use my phone off WIFI, have never experienced a hardware issue, reboot the phone from time to time (once a month… maybe).
Last night I drove to Akron and attended an affair brought about a thousand adults and children to a child’s ballet recital. Lots of cell phone… lots of cell phone pictures.) When I was within five miles of the theater, I attempted to phone a member of my party who carried my ticket. I got a busy signal and continued to do so every time I called until I finally met him in person. When I explained my attempts to reach him, he was puzzled, telling me the line was free and his phone was working properly, While he was standing next to me, I phoned him. Busy! … but his phone wasn’t ringing and he wasn’t using it. I tried another number. Same response; busy. No matter what number I called… it was busy. I then asked someone to call me, The call was received without a glitch so I concluded there was nothing wrong with his phone but there was clearly something wrong on my side.
When I returned home, the phone worked fine. Throughout this time, I rebooted the phone maybe twice with the same busy signal persisting.
Q1) Is it probable that whatever circuit RW was using in Akron last night was overloaded by so many people using cell phones?
Q2) If Q1 is “Yes”, please explain. If “No”… where else should I look for the root cause. I bought this puppy to be have access at all times, even though I’m a very low volume user.