A number of weeks in the past a very good good friend requested why he had gotten an electronic mail from his wi-fi provider notifying him his cellphone will not work on their community.
This morning another person despatched me an electronic mail asking the identical query. She had been contacted by her provider Client Mobile saying her older cellphone should be changed by August thirty first.
They each thought it couldn’t be doable. Why would a cellphone simply cease engaged on a community?
The reply is easy: the outdated 3G networks are being phased out.
Cell towers that have been erected 5-10 years in the past carry the 3G and 4G networks that each one smartphones hook up with. Now that 5G connectivity is being pushed out all around the nation, these wi-fi firms want extra bandwidth.
The choice was easy: shut down the 3G community and use the bandwidth to attach prospects to the a lot sooner 5G community.
That has been within the course of for a while however now it seems the entire wi-fi firms will shut down the 3G networks someday subsequent yr.
AT&T has introduced a shutdown date of February 2022 whereas Verizon and T-Cell/Dash will shut their 3G networks down in December of 2022.
These dates have modified in current months as these firms push again the change however it seems now the dates are set. In case your cellphone doesn’t hook up with 4G, it is going to not hook up with any community.
Which telephones are affected? Most telephones 7 years outdated or older, which incorporates the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S. There is a list here of all telephones that can proceed engaged on the AT&T 4G community. Some telephones, such because the iPhone 12 and up will even work on the 5G networks.
A straightforward approach to test your cellphone is to look within the higher right-hand nook of the display screen. When you see 4G, LTE, or 4G LTE, your cellphone is protected and can proceed to work after the 3G networks are shut down.
So whereas the letters being despatched to prospects notifying them of the 3G shutdown, prospects may have somewhat extra time to buy a brand new cellphone.