(WJW) – Mobile service providers will shut down their 3G networks in 2022 to make way for more advanced network services like 5G.
That means many older cell phones won’t be able to make or receive texts and calls, even with 911.
This applies to 3G mobile phones and some older 4G mobile phones that do not support Voice over LTE.
“Cellular service providers have flexibility in choosing the types of technologies and services they deploy, even as they stop offering legacy services to transition to newer services to meet their needs. meet consumer needs,” said the Federal Communications Commission.
Here’s the 2022 timeline for providers to shut down, according to the FCC:
- AT&T – February
- Verizon – December 31
- T-Mobile – Many days
- Sprint’s 3G CDMA network before March 31
- Sprint’s 4G LTE network before June 30
- T-Mobile 3G UMTS network before July 1
- No announcement of 2G network outage date
Carriers like Cricket, Boost, and Straight Talk use these networks, so if you don’t see your provider listed, you may still be affected.
“It’s important to plan now so you don’t lose your connection,” the FCC states.
If you are unsure about your mobile phone, contact your mobile service provider to find out if you need to upgrade your device.
This change could also affect tablets, smartwatches, home security systems, and other connected products. You’ll also need to contact that service provider to see if those services are affected.
To encourage customers to switch to new technology-enabled devices, some mobile service providers may offer special offers on new devices, some of which may include phones Free mobile.
In addition, some FCC programs may help eligible customers with the cost of phone or internet service, although the agency does not cover the cost of new equipment.
Click here to read more from the FCC.
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