What to know when mobile service providers shut down 3G networks


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(WJW) – Mobile service providers will shut down their 3G networks in 2022 to make way for more advanced network services such as 5G.

This means that many older cell phones will not be able to make or receive text messages and calls, even to 911.

This applies to 3G mobile phones and some older 4G mobile phones that do not support voice over LTE.

“Mobile operators have the flexibility to choose the types of technologies and services they deploy, including when they are phasing out older services in favor of newer ones to meet consumer demands,” Federal Communications said. Commission.

Here is the 2022 timeline for vendor shutdown, according to the FCC:

  • AT&T – February
  • Verizon – December 31
  • T-Mobile – Multiple dates
  • Sprint’s CDMA 3G network by March 31
  • Sprint’s 4G LTE network by June 30
  • T-Mobile 3G UMTS network by July 1
  • No date announced for the closure of the 2G network

Operators like Cricket, Boost, and Straight Talk use these networks, so if you don’t see your provider listed you could still be affected.

“It’s important to plan now so you don’t lose connectivity,” the FCC said.

If you are unsure of your cell phone, contact your mobile operator to see if you need to upgrade your device.

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The change could also impact tablets, smartwatches, home security systems and other connected products. You will also need to contact the provider of these services to see if these will be affected.

To encourage customers to switch to devices that support the new technology, some mobile service providers may offer special deals on new devices, including some that could include a free cell phone.

Additionally, some FCC programs may help eligible customers pay for telephone or internet service charges, although the agency does not cover the cost of new devices.

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