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3G shutdown 2021: Why your old phone is about to quit

3G shutdown 2021: Why your old phone is about to quit

Today we're taking a peek at the expected dates that 3G networks will shut down in the year 2022. These dates are important, since they show the end-point for functionality for some of the oldest mobile smart devices still in service today. It's not only smartphone and tablets that have the potential to stop connecting to mobile data - it's accessories and IoT devices that connect with 3G, too.

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T-Mobile 3G network shutdown has a new and hopefully final date

T-Mobile 3G network shutdown has a new and hopefully final date

5G has been the battle cry of network operators and device manufacturers for a few years now, but the push hasn't been as fast or as easy as they had hoped. In addition to setbacks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, wireless carriers' plans to retire old networks and technologies to free up resources have also been met with some resistance and delays. That said, the deadline for 3G networks is can no longer be delayed, and T-Mobile is finally setting its foot down on when it will shut down not only its own 3G network but also Sprint's 3G and LTE networks.

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T-Mobile will eliminate the Sprint LTE network next summer

T-Mobile will eliminate the Sprint LTE network next summer

T-Mobile and Sprint merged last year after finally gaining approval to do so. As customers of Sprint know, T-Mobile has been pushing new SIM cards to get people off some of the older Sprint networks and onto the newer T-Mobile networks. T-Mobile has now confirmed that it intends to shut down the Sprint LTE network next summer.

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Kindle e-readers will lose 3G connectivity in December

Kindle e-readers will lose 3G connectivity in December

Amazon's Kindles have long been the device of choice by voracious readers, especially those that want to take their books with them anywhere. Of course, the books they hold inside don't come from thin air and have to be downloaded directly to the device or transferred from a computer. The former naturally requires an Internet connection, which almost all Kindles have. Unfortunately, some older models support don't support anything beyond 3G networks, and those will lose their ability to connect to the Internet by the end of the year.

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AT&T 3G network shutdown is finally happening in February

AT&T 3G network shutdown is finally happening in February

As the world moves slowly but surely towards supporting 5G, network operators are itching to finally ditch the oldest cellular networks they're still supporting. After an initial wave of outcry and complaints, probably from commercial customers, US carriers have decided to delay shutting down their 3G services at least until 2022. It seems that AT&T will indeed be the first to do so by February 2022 and it has thankfully released a list of devices that will continue to work beyond that cutoff date.

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Verizon 3G CDMA network shutdown gets a final date again

Verizon 3G CDMA network shutdown gets a final date again

Network operators have a tendency to redefine common words and give them new meanings. "Unlimited" is not unlimited when it comes to data and "indefinitely" definitely has an end. To be fair, Verizon did leave the door wide open for when it will shut down its 3G network and now it is officially giving notice to the old technology's remaining users. Big Red is finally shutting down its 3G CDMA network at the end of 2022, three years after its initial plan.

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Cricket Wireless announces 3G network shutdown schedule

Cricket Wireless announces 3G network shutdown schedule

As the world inches towards 5G adoption, network operators are unsurprisingly eager to drop older networks and equipment. Unfortunately, those networks are actually still in use, leading some carriers to reconsider their plans. Verizon, which would have been the earliest among its peers, has decided to forego shutting down its 3G network until further notice. AT&T, on the other hand, doesn't seem to have any plans on budging and its Cricket Wireless business will now be following its footsteps, announcing big changes to its BYOP program starting next week.

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Verizon 3G will be hanging around indefinitely for now

Verizon 3G will be hanging around indefinitely for now

As carriers make more aggressive steps towards switching to 5G, they are also eager to finally let go of aging technologies and equipment in the process. Some, however, might have been too eager to put up an image of being a leader and pioneer in the industry. That, however, may have ironically cost Verizon some PR points when it tried to shutter its 3G network early. Rather than delay it repeatedly, the carrier will apparently continue offering the service, at least until further notice.

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T-Mobile VoLTE cut-off date: Old phones living on borrowed time

T-Mobile VoLTE cut-off date: Old phones living on borrowed time

Internal communications at T-Mobile USA revealed this week show how customers will require VoLTE tech in their phone in the near future. T-Mobile USA is evolving to the newest in new mobile network and cell connectivity, and the oldest still-active tech is about to be retired. This information was revealed not long after AT&T sent out notification to some customers about a similar update and requirement for new phones.

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AT&T criticized for startling “buy a new phone or lose service” warning

AT&T criticized for startling “buy a new phone or lose service” warning

This week AT&T started sending out emails about how users will need a new smartphone if they want to continue "receiving service." AT&T's message does not suggest that users will lose service instantly - but they DO suggest that some users will NEED to upgrade to a new phone if they plan on continuing to get phone calls by the time the countdown is done.

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Verizon ends 3G phone activations before next year’s big change

Verizon ends 3G phone activations before next year’s big change

The days of 3G are nearing their end. Verizon has confirmed that it will no longer activate 3G-only phones, meaning new customers or those in need of an upgrade will need to purchase a handset with 4G support. This shouldn't come as a surprise -- the carrier has been saying for years that its 3G network is on the way out, though slowly, giving everyone more than enough time to upgrade.

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Nokia’s retro-inspired 3310 finally comes to the US

Nokia’s retro-inspired 3310 finally comes to the US

When Nokia parent company HMD Global announced the rebirth of the classic 3310 earlier this year, cellphone enthusiasts were left fawning over its cute design and focus on minimalism. Then came disappointment as it was revealed that the device would only support 2G networks, and wasn't even coming to the US during its spring release. Well, Nokia has finally righted these wrongs, as a new 3G model is coming stateside later this month.

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