AT&T to Shut Down its 3G Network in Coming Days | Yoel Ackerman

The AT&T mobile provider will be the first in line to completely shut down its 3G network, with other major carriers such as Verizon and T-Mobile to follow.

AT&T, which owns CNN’s parent company, is shutting its 3G service down on February 22. Millions who depend on a 3G wireless connected device for medical emergencies, fires, burglaries or carbon monoxide detection will find their lives needlessly at risk. These devices will not work. The reason for the shutdown is so that AT&T can focus on supporting their more advanced 5G network phones. The 5G phones will provide faster downloading of information as America needs to remain globally competitive.

A range of products require updates to continue working after the shutdown, including some home alarm systems, medical devices such as fall detectors, and in-car crash notification and roadside assistance systems such as General Motors’ OnStar. Other businesses are urging customers to upgrade or replace some of the everyday products and services in their homes and cars before they drop connectivity. Many home alarm systems still connect via the older 3G network and hence the concern that these systems will be severely impacted.

Additionally, millions of cars, for example, may no longer have the ability to contact first responders after a collision or receive updates such as location or traffic alerts for built-in GPS systems. Some vehicles, including Chevrolet, Buick and Cadillac, have software upgrades for drivers to connect their systems to a 4G network, but other models will reportedly lose this feature for good.

To address these concerns, many home security system companies have already begun to convert its 3G signals to 4G in order to automatically connect to AT&T’s system once AT&T shuts down its 3G network. The auto industry is in more of a gray area. In addition to software upgrades, some automakers are offering consumers newer parts to add to existing technologies to get them running on 4G. But some are offering no accommodation at all.

There still is a lot of unknown as to what actually will happen once 3G becomes totally obsolete. For now, the safer bet for cell phone customers is to upgrade their phone devices now to avoid this looming uncertainty.

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  1. I’m still waiting for my replacement phone. At&t was supposed to send it out months ago and I’m still waiting for it. I have called numerous times but I haven’t gotten anywhere. They keep saying that my order says pending order so they don’t have any info on it but and I’m in line to receive one.

  2. My 5 yr old S8 will go off line and I don’t care. Will not buy a new phone for it to be obsolete in a couple of years.

    Will save me $45 a month for crappy service. Only can get 1 to 2 bars any and there’s No 5G here. Have to drive 35 miles to get 5G service.

    Screw ATT and the cellphone industry!

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