NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The Verizon ( VZ) data outage has been fixed, with Verizon "don't call it an outage" having restored wireless data service after it suffered a software-related problem in its switches Wednesday. The problem affected wireless customers east of the Mississippi for a few hours early Wednesday, says a Verizon rep. But the issue was resolved at 8:15 a.m. EST, the rep said.
Users reported lost data connections and troubles with Web downloads on mobile devices including Research In Motion ( RIMM) BlackBerries and Motorola ( MOT) Droids . The search term Verizon data outage quickly rose to the top 10 in Google searches early Wednesday. The glitch comes as consumers, industry players and federal regulators examine the effects of ballooning broadband traffic, including mobile data, and the potential constraints of current networks. AT&T ( T) has had persistent complaints from Apple ( AAPL) iPhone users over network quality, an issue that seems to be as much an iPhone signaling problem as it is a network shortcoming. And RIM has suffered repeated service troubles in recent months, a situation perceived to be more severe thanks to the increased use of BlackBerry devices. Verizon shares were down 8 cents to $29.18 in early trading Wednesday. -- Written by Scott Moritz in New York. Follow TheStreet.com on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.