Ode to Wireless 3G: Did 42 Million People Just Get Screwed?

“Current TracFone customers will not have to make any immediate changes or take any action when the deal is finalized. Current customers will be able to remain on their current plans and will not have to change plans or devices when the transaction closes.”

“Data-only devices rose to 190.4 million in 2020, now representing 41.3 percent of all estimated devices. Data-only devices have grown 272 percent since 2013. Overall wireless connections grew to 468.9 million.”

“Today, fewer than 9% of U.S. wireless connections are 2G or 3G subscriptions, but that amount may vary by national, regional and prepaid providers.”

42.21 Million Customers have 2G or 3G Service.“

“Many 2G and 3G devices are not phones

“Consumers should think not just about their phones but other devices that connect to a wireless network. If you are a consumer or enterprise customer with 2G and/or 3G Internet of Things (IoT) devices, you will also need to upgrade them. Such devices could range from alarm systems to connected car modules, or to other sensors.”

“What cars will be affected by 3G shutdown?

This will affect everyone from Acura, Audi, Honda, Tesla, Toyota, Subaru, Volkswagen, Nissan, Volvo, etc. Cars with Verizon have a little longer to go, as the company announced it would slowly end support for 3G, and the network will finally shut down by December 31st, 2022.”

“Verizon said it will completely shut down its 3G network by Dec. 31, 2022. The Federal Communications Commission said other carriers, like Cricket, Boost, Straight Talk and some Lifeline mobile service providers use the networks of AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon.”

“T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint 2G/3G/4G LTE network shutdown dates: the sunset!

“T-Mobile has listed the dates for shutting down Sprint’s 3G and 4G LTE networks and migrating people to modern broadband speed pastures. “These (dates) are January 1, 2022, for Sprint’s 3G network sunset, and June 30, 2022, for the 4G LTE connections, respectively.”

“Verizon’s 2G network is already sunset but don’t worry about its 4G LTE network as this will be around together with Verizon’s 5G coverage for years to come, so no need to switch to 5G phones just yet, unless you want some of the perks that come with those, like all the bells and whistles of the Galaxy S22 series of handsets.”:

“AT&T announced February 22, 2022, as its 3G network shutdown date, and warns that the carrier would ‘no longer activate phones that don’t support HD Voice since they won’t be compatible to work on our network when 3G shuts down.’ Same as with Verizon’s 3G network shutdown, basically”.

“As for the all-important question about that AT&T 3G network shutdown free phone replacement that Ma Bell has been offering to subscribers to soothe their sunset pain, it’s not really worth it. Also, you may want to have a look at AT&T’s list of phones that will and won’t work after the 3G network shutdown, as not all Galaxy S20 models are created equal, apparently. The Galaxy S22 series of phones, however, would do just fine.”

“The year-long investigation included nearly 25,000 speed tests in 12 states. According to the report, FCC staff achieved a minimum download speed of 5 Mbps where carriers claimed to have coverage in 45% of tests for U.S. Cellular, 63.2% of for T-Mobile and 64.3% for Verizon. The investigation couldn’t find any 4G LTE signal for 21.3% of drive tests on T-Mobile’s network, 16.2% on Verizon’s network, and 38% on U.S. Cellular’s network, “despite each provider reporting coverage in the relevant area.”

“Inaccuracies in operators’ coverage maps is not necessarily a surprising issue, but reliable data was key to the design of MF-II since federal support for smaller carriers’ 4G LTE deployments was predicated on the FCC’s ability to use the maps to determine which areas of the country were unserved and therefore eligible.”

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