Old cell phone? The end of 3G means you’ll probably have to upgrade soon


If your mobile phone is more than a few years old, you will need to upgrade your device soon.

Mobile carriers are set to shut down their existing 3G networks, which rely on older technology, to make way for more advanced services such as 5G, according to the Federal Communications Commission. The move away from 3G frees up network frequencies for faster services, but also means that many older cell phones will not be able to make or receive calls and texts, including 911 calls, or use telephone services. data.

3G mobile phones and some older 4G mobile phones that do not support Voice over LTE services will be impacted. Some medical devices, tablets, smartwatches, vehicle SOS services, home security systems and other connected products using 3G network services will also need to be upgraded.

Companies are expected to shut down their 3G networks at various times over the next year. T-Mobile has announced that it will complete the shutdown of Sprint’s 3G network by January 1, 2022 and Sprint’s LTE network by June 30, 2022. It also plans to shut down T- 2G and 3G networks. Mobile but has not announced a date. AT&T will shut down its network by February 2022 and Verizon by December 31, 2022. Other mobile carriers such as Cricket, Boost, Straight Talk and several Lifeline mobile service providers that use AT&T, Verizon networks and T-Mobile will also make the change.

The FCC recommends that people with older devices contact their provider for their plan details and upgrade to a newer device.

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