(NEWSnet) – A number of cellular networks across the country were hit with connection outages early Thursday, according to posts on social media and the DownDetector service.

The website DownDetector, an independent outage monitoring service, picked up reports starting around 4 a.m. Thursday of a spike in problems with AT&T, Cricket Wireless, Verizon, T-Mobile, Consumer Cellular, Boost Mobile and other communication networks.

By 9 a.m., DownDetector had recorded over 72,000 reports of problems with just AT&T customers. That had settled down to 16,000 reports by 12:30 p.m., DownDetector's dashboard said.

“Some of our customers are experiencing wireless service interruptions this morning. We are working urgently to restore service to them. We encourage the use of Wi-Fi calling until service is restored,” AT&T said in a statement.

“Our network is operating normally. Down Detector is likely reflecting challenges our customers were having attempting to connect to users on other networks,” T-Mobile said.

As of 1 p.m., no reason has been given for the outages,

The locations of the reported outages were in several regions, such as Los Angeles, New York City and Seattle.

Posts on the X platform, formerly known as Twitter, also included screenshots of phones showing “SOS” messages and people noting that they can’t make phone calls on their cellular devices.

In some cases, those who could not make phone calls were able to send texts.

In San Francisco, the fire department noted “an issue impacting AT&T wireless customers” and encouraged using a landline or a family member whose cellular service is working should a 911 call be necessary.

Some of Michigan's first responder agencies also are posting social media messages that AT&T customers in their areas were affected. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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