3G shutdown went into effect Jan. 1

Published on December 07, 2021

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Mobile carriers are shutting down their 3G networks, which rely on older technology, to make room for more advanced network services such as 5G. As a result, many older cellphones will be unable to make or receive calls and texts, including calls to 911, or use data services.

The shutdown went into effect Jan. 1, 2022, and will affect 3G mobile phones and certain older 4G mobile phones that do not support voiceover LTE (Volte or HD Voice).

The Tarrant County 911 District reports that AT&T will finish shutting down its 3G network by February 2022. Verizon will complete the shutdown by the end of 2022. T-Mobile will finish shutting down Sprint’s 3G network by Jan. 1, 2022, and Sprint’s LTE network by June 30, 2022. That company also plans to shut down T-Mobile’s 2G and 3G networks, but has not yet announced a date.

Other carriers may still be affected. Many carriers, such as Cricket, Boost, Straight Talk and several Lifeline mobile service providers use networks operated by AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile.

Learn more from the Federal Communications Commission. 

 

 

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