Major cellular phone providers AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile reportedly experienced outages around the same time that Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp were down.
Tens of thousands of cell phone users were left without service worldwide when the outages started around 11.30am ET on Monday, the Daily Mail reported.
Customers said they could not connect to the internet using cellular data, but were able to using WiFi. They were still able to make phone calls and send text messages.
The cellular outages were concentrated in large US cities including New York City, Los Angeles and Dallas. Customers in the UK and parts of Europe also had service issues, the Daily Mail reported.
Speculation circulated that the cellular outages were linked, but none of the three major providers have confirmed.
The cellular outages occurred just before Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger crashed worldwide around 11.44am ET, according to DownDetector. The disruption to the social media platforms has continued for two hours and counting.
Close to 150,000 Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp users said they were unable to access the platforms within a half-hour, according to DownDetector. More than 2billion people use the three platforms daily, and all three are run by Facebook.
Facebook has not given an explanation for the outages but apologized and stated it was ‘working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible’.
TikTok was later reported to also suffer from a global outage.
The more than two hour outage has already cost the global economy $160million, according to NetBlocks, which tracks internet outages.
There were also reports that Amazon Web Services was down.