Had it been just data I'd probably agree but although I experienced the 'text cannot be sent' issue (where they were actually being sent but the phone wasn't receiving the correct acknowedgement from the SMS server) along with receiving the same text six times the call I attempted to make went through no problem so it wasn't a major inconvenience.
Of more concern is apparently some people were unable to make or receive calls which could have been worrying for some or extremely dangerous (I'm talking about parents trying to contact their children or vice versa), pensioners or the disabled (provided a SIM is present all mobile networks in the UK are required to carry 999 calls though).
Did you see on the news yesterday a woman tap-tap-tapping on her phone with a toddler in a pushchair whilst negotiating a road and traffic island? That stupidity was more newsworthy than a mobile phone system going down..
"Parents trying to contact their children or vice versa worrying or extremely dangerous??"
Nope, it's a mild inconvenience, the parents are grown up (allegedly) the children ought to have been shown better.
I grew up in a time when we never had mobiles, as kids we'd be gone all day, was it dangerous? Hell yes, were our parents worried.. I guess so, but we were all a bit more resilient, a bit more... y'know... mature.
That woman on the news, I see the same thing, in the same places every single day, I see supposedly 'Concerned' adults checking their kids have got to school safely from behind the wheel of their large cars, whilst avoiding screen blind parents stepping blindly off the kerb.
My texts on a daily basis are saying
good morning have lovely day, don't hug the wet donkeys too much
Nothing on a mobile phone is so important that we can't do without it for a day.
If yesterday's outage, and today's compensation cry-babies have taught us one thing, it's that our culture is heading downwards into an ugly chasm of screen glow suntan faces