here’s what you need to know
wonder , Many Americans will need to get new smartphones, as major cell service providers have shut down their 3G networks, also referred to as 3G Sunset on some websites.
Here’s everything you need to know about Switchoff.
Why did cell service providers shut down their 3G networks?
According to FCC officials, mobile carriers “periodically shut down older services like 3G to free up spectrum and infrastructure to support newer services like 5G.”
“Mobile carriers have the flexibility to choose the technologies and services they deploy, including discontinuing old services in favor of new ones to meet consumer demands.” Read part of the FCC website Dedicated to the pending 3G shutoff.
FCC officials say similar network transitions have happened before, such as some mobile carriers shutting down 2G networks when their networks were being upgraded to support 4G services.
When were the networks shut down?
AT&T executives It is said that their 3G network has been phased out from February 22.
T Mobile3G network has been shut down, a phased switchoff schedule has been followed.
On its website, officials from that cell service provider say that the 3G CDMA network that originated with Sprint was slated to expire on March 31, 2022, while the 3G UMTS network that originated with T-Mobile itself will expire on July 1, 2022. 2022 was over.
In addition, the LTE network originated with Sprint was slated to be phased out by June 30, 2022.
Company officials also said that they have plans to shut down their 2G network, but no date has been set.
VerizonK’s 3G CDMA network was shut down by December 31, 2022. delayed their switchoff date Twice, from 2019 to 2020 and now, to 2022. Officials have previously said that there will be no further delay in the 3G switchoff.
other cell service providers
According to the FCC, people on other cell service providers may still be affected.
“Many carriers, such as Cricket, Boost, Straight Talk, and many Lifeline mobile service providers, use AT&T’s, Verizon’s, and T-Mobile’s networks,”
Is my phone affected by the switchoff?
AT&T executives have published detailed list Phones and digital devices that will still work after their 3G switchoff, as well as devices that may require a software update to enable HD Voice, Wi-Fi calling, video calls, advanced messaging, or 5G services. Company officials say people will need to check their phone models to determine whether their phones will work after switchoff.
AT&T users can also sign in to their accounts to see if their phones are affected.
T-Mobile officials say they have contacted those affected by the switchoff plans.
Verizon officials say that any 3G device or 4G device that doesn’t support HD Voice is affected by the switchoff.
Verizon’s website reads, “The device will no longer make/receive calls, send/receive text messages, or use data services.”
Verizon officials say that any Apple iPhone 5, 5C, 5S or earlier models are affected by the switchoff. On the Android side, any Samsung Galaxy S4 or earlier models are also affected.
Will other devices be affected as well?
“Other devices, such as some medical devices, tablets, smart watches, vehicle SOS services, home security systems, and other connected products may be using 3G network services. And don’t forget about devices that use cellular connectivity back- up. When a wired Internet connection goes down,” read a portion of the FCC’s website.
for its part, official with onstar Says the 3G switchoff will affect some GM vehicles in the 2015 model year or later. People can visit their website to see if their car will be affected. The company is rolling out over-the-air updates to the affected cars.
AARP officials He says that the Personal Emergency Response System (PERS), which is also known by many other names such as Life-Alert, Fall Monitor or Medical-Alert, is recommended to immediately contact the device manufacturer or the company providing monitoring services for the device. would be required.
“If your device is from before 2019 and is operating on a 2G or 3G network, it is wise to upgrade your device as soon as possible,” read a portion of AARP’s article on 3G shutoff.
How many people will be affected by the switchoff?
According to AARP, citing a telecommunications analyst, 10 million people in the US still use 3G phones.
verizon executives Says that less than 1% of their customers still use 3G devices.
What do I need to do now?
It goes without saying, but you don’t need to do anything if you have a phone or digital device that will remain backed up after switchoff.
If you have a phone or digital device that is affected by the switchoff, you’ll need to check with your cell service provider to see what you need to do. In some cases, you may need to get a new phone.
“Your mobile service provider may offer special deals on new devices, including some deals that may include a free cell phone,” read a portion of the FCC’s website.
FCC officials also say they have programs in place that may be able to assist eligible customers with the cost of phone or Internet services, though these programs will not cover the cost of new equipment.
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