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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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iPhone 13 price promotions are 2021’s biggest Apple shock

iPhone 13 price promotions are 2021’s biggest Apple shock

iPhone 13 preorders kick off on Friday, but while there were no big surprises in Apple's sticker pricing for the four new smartphones, the deals on offer could make 2021 an unusual year. There's no doubting that Apple has come to count on iPhone sales to help buoy its financial results, particularly in the first quarter after a new model, but it takes more than just a healthy spec sheet to win over new buyers.

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Verizon nationwide DSS 5G reportedly slower than 4G

Verizon nationwide DSS 5G reportedly slower than 4G

If not for the COVID-19 pandemic, 5G would have continued to be the buzzword in the mobile and telecommunications market. While more and more smartphones are coming out with 5G support, network operators are still slowly but surely expanding the next-gen network's coverage across the country. Not all 5G is created equal, which already complicates matters from the get-go. Things can get even more confusing when you consider that carriers like Verizon have different types of 5G, one of which might actually be slowing down your iPhone 12 or Google Pixel 5.

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Got a 5G smartphone? What’s the right ‘plan’ forward

Got a 5G smartphone? What’s the right ‘plan’ forward

The whole 5G thing is becoming more of a story with the launch of some exciting new mobile phone models designed to take full leverage of the new wireless connectivity. As a new 5G smartphone pops-up with each passing day, we are seeing all prominent network carriers stateside doing their bit to ensure you have 5G coverage no matter what part of the country you’re in. While these are early days and everyone’s just working on increasing their portfolio – it seems appropriate to know, which of the top-tier carriers have what 5G plans you can choose from to get on from the word go.

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Do you need a 5G phone? Short answer: Not yet

Do you need a 5G phone? Short answer: Not yet

Today's entry in our ever-expanding exploration of 5G connectivity checks the most basic question: Do I need 5G? This question can be answered by looking at the world's transfer from 3G to 4G, and 4G LTE. In short: There's a significant amount of time between now and the point at which you'll absolutely NEED your next smartphone to have the ability to connect to 5G data.

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iPhone 12 release date and price information revealed

iPhone 12 release date and price information revealed

Today the iPhone 12 family of devices was given release dates and pricing. Before you drop in and take a peek at the iPhone 12 in all its iterations, you'll want to take note of the 5G data connectivity and the pricing therein. Make certain you've got a handle on which device connects to which network, and which sort of 5G you've got working on your smartphone - with the pricing to match.

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Verizon waiving some fees for next 60 days, but probably not yours

Verizon waiving some fees for next 60 days, but probably not yours

Today we're taking a peek at what Verizon will and will not likely do in light of the global pandemic and national emergency that is COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) here in the USA. Verizon's released some information on how they'll respond for certain customers, and have given assurances that they're doing everything in their power to keep people connected in this time of increased network traffic. What's important here - at the moment - is the ease with which the "help" Verizon can/will give will be used by the average everyday consumer.

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5G Future Forum means your first 5G phone has global potential

5G Future Forum means your first 5G phone has global potential

Today the "5G Future Forum" was announced for the first time. This is a sort of collaboration, a club, an agreement between brands, made for the future of 5G mobile data connectivity. The primary function of the 5G Future Forum (5GFF) is to "collaborate to develop interoperable 5G specifications across key geographic regions." This could be good news for you, a future user of 5G data on your phone, assuming this group does indeed make global 5G interoperability a reality.

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Our biggest iPhone 5G fear is unlikely in 2020 insists analyst

Our biggest iPhone 5G fear is unlikely in 2020 insists analyst

Both sorts of 5G iPhone will be ready for the 2020 season, so insisted top Apple-centric industry and trends analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. This is a very similar prediction to one made by this same analyst at the tail end of 2019. Normally a second prediction of such extremely similar content would not be necessary - but for the appearance of alternate predictions that've made their way to headlines over the past couple of weeks.

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GPS Week Number Rollover part two coming for old devices next month

GPS Week Number Rollover part two coming for old devices next month

GPS, short for Global Positioning System, is almost universally known as the technology that helps tell our location in the world. What few probably know is the system is actually designed to also tell the time. GPS receivers have actually relied on this piece of data coming from satellites not only to tell time but to actually make location-based services work properly. Unfortunately, that system might be thrown into chaos for the second time this year when a second GPS Week Number Rollover hits old devices in early November.

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T-Mobile, Verizon eSIM support happening real soon

T-Mobile, Verizon eSIM support happening real soon

Apple’s support for dual SIM, dual standby (DSDS) on this year’s iPhone generation was a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it finally gave what some iPhone owners have been requesting for years. On the other than, its implementation is based on a normal, physical SIM and a digital eSIM. The latter requires carriers to support the feature and as of yesterday, only AT&T does in the US. That, however, is changing soon with both Verizon and T-Mobile following not far behind.

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Verizon puts 5 phone numbers on a single handset

Verizon puts 5 phone numbers on a single handset

Verizon revealed a program called My Numbers today. This program allows the user to add up to four numbers to a single device, allowing up to five in total. If the user chooses to add additional lines to their device, they'll get unlimited domestic calling and texting and will have to pay a fee per extra line. As noted by Keena Grigsby, director of product marketing for Verizon, My Numbers is a great solution for "customers with side hustles."

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