Presumably the British mobile phone network O2 chose that name because it’s the chemical symbol for oxygen which is absolutely essential for life on this planet.
It’s just as well my mobile phone isn’t similarly essential because I’ve had pretty much no mobile signal all day. Jane is the same.
When I couldn’t find anything on the O2 website about I gave their customer support a call and got through to a nice Scottish guy called Mark who confirmed that there had been a network outage east of Edinburgh.
A few minutes ago I spotted this story on the Scotsman website:
Mobile phone network down in Lothians
MOBILE phone users in parts of the Lothians have been left without a signal after a fault on the O2 network.
The company said a power cut earlier this afternoon had caused the network to close down in parts of Fife and areas to the east of Edinburgh.
The Capital itself has not been affected.
A spokeswoman for O2 said engineers are attempting to fix the fault but could not confirm when the network would be back up and running.
There is something similar on the BBC News Scotland website too: Mobile network failure reported.
All I can say is that I wish the engineers well and look forward to seeing more than “Searching …” on my mobile phone display tomorrow.