Mobile service providers will shut down 3G networks in 2022
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — 3G networks will go offline throughout 2022, which means some devices will not work properly as they will not be able to connect to the internet.
According to the FCC, 3G networks will begin to go offline early this year, but not all networks will shut down right away.
AT&T has announced that all of its 3G networks will be disconnected by February. Sprint’s network will be down by March 31, and T-Mobile’s 3G will be offline by July 1. Verizon users will have more time, as their 3G networks will be completely shut down by December 31, 2022.
3G services are removed to provide more bandwidth for new 4G and 5G services.
“Our airwaves are full right now, so the only way to create new space is to get rid of something,” Boyd Smith, founder and chairman of Techknowledgey Inc. told Goshen.
According to Smith, this will primarily affect older devices, from phones, tablets and smartwatches, to cars and home security systems.
“Basically it’s any connected device that’s five years or older – you might want to take a quick look at it to make sure it won’t get stuck when 3G goes down” , did he declare. “3G was in many vehicles for GPS,” remote unlocking, phone for in-car help services. Security systems are another thing you want to look into. If you have a cellular security system in your home, you might want to make sure it’s running on newer technology. “
Which means that for some people, if they still want to connect to mobile networks, they will need to upgrade.
Smith said, “If you still want to use these services, if you still want to use your cell phone, you have to have a newer cell phone. If you want to use the built-in GPS in your car, you need to get the upgrade. It just won’t physically work when the 3G is down.
Although Smith urges consumers to make sure their device will be affected by the shutdown before deciding they need to upgrade.
“If you have any questions, do a Google search,” he said. “Go online, see if you get the answer. If that doesn’t work, if you’re a business, contact your IT department. If you’re an individual, contact the device manufacturer. You know, make sure you do your homework before you go out and let someone convince you to do something, you may not have a problem to solve.
More information on the 3G shutdown can be found here: Plan ahead for the phase-out of 3G cellular networks and services | Federal Communications Commission (fcc.gov)