Despite network congestion – this is how you send messages on New Year’s Eve.

In the first few minutes of the new year, the networks are sometimes overloaded, especially in metropolitan areas – and in the countryside, you can sometimes find yourself in a dead zone.

The consequences are the same: cell phone calls are hardly possible and text messages are also difficult to send. And if you don’t happen to be connected to a WLAN, you won’t be able to use Messenger or e-mail either. Where can you expect mobile network congestion on New Year’s Eve?

Where there is a lot of activity on New Year’s Eve, the networks can go down the drain

Even if no large events and group gatherings are currently permitted, they still exist – the places where particularly large numbers of people gather to celebrate on New Year’s Eve. Particularly in conurbations and everywhere where there is a lot going on, the radio and data network can therefore be overloaded for a short time after zero o’clock. Messenger services may then also have brief problems coping with the mass of messages.

According to Bernd Theiß of “connect” magazine, however, this mainly applies to video messages. Therefore, it is advisable, especially in conurbations, to send only text messages in the first few minutes after midnight and, if necessary, to switch messenger services. If possible, you should distance yourself from crowds of people by 500 meters or more, advises Theiß. Then the cell phone might log on to a radio cell that is not overloaded.

Prescribe and use dispatch lists

But there’s a lot more you can do to ensure that calls to loved ones and friends don’t go dead and that messages don’t arrive after the New Year’s Eve party is already over. In any case, it’s worth being strategic. To avoid bottlenecks in mobile networks on New Year’s Eve, the IT industry association Bitkom advises prescribing messages and saving them as drafts.

It is also helpful to create a mailing list in advance in case you want to send New Year’s greetings with the same wording to several people. This kills two birds with one stone. Not only can you send all your messages at the push of a button, right on time. You also don’t have to stare at your cell phone and type at the exact moment when the mood is boiling up around you.

Appointment dispatch against radio holes

If you’re spending New Year’s Eve in a region with dubious cellular coverage, don’t want to miss any of the program items at the New Year’s Eve gala you attended, or simply want to go to bed early, Bitkom recommends using appointment dispatch. Many providers, apps or services offer the option of sending messages on a scheduled basis. One example is the app AutoResponder for WhatsApp, which is available for Android smartphones.

If you know you’re going to be celebrating in a dead zone, your only option is to schedule your greetings with an e-mail service beforehand.

WLAN is only the better choice at home

The 3G network was switched off this year. Many more people therefore surf via LTE or 4G. It can therefore be helpful to switch to the newer 5G, as long as this is available where you are and your smartphone supports it.

Those celebrating New Year’s Eve at home or at a friend’s house can send their messenger messages and e-mails most reliably via WLAN. Public WLAN networks, on the other hand, are often overloaded in the first few minutes of the year. And if you want to send your New Year’s greetings by phone, a landline phone – if available – is still the best option.