How New Yorkers adjusted to sudden smart phone withdrawal

While Hurricane Sandy left hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers without electricity or heat, the loss of one utility left some especially bewildered: cellphone service, reports The New York Times. “Not having hot water is one thing,” said Kartik Sankar, 29, a technology consultant who lives in the East Village. “But not having a phone? Forget about it.” With only sporadic access to text messaging, Facebook or even landline phone calls, Mr. Sankar and others like him in Manhattan’s no-power zone quickly cobbled together more primitive systems for passing along information and arranging when and where to meet, so they could take comfort in each other’s company in the dark…

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Laura Ascione