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3G Cellular Devices/Networks are Phasing Out in 2022

January 10, 2022

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3G Cellular Devices/Networks are Phasing Out in 2022

(information from the State of Ohio 9-1-1 Program Office & the State of Ohio Office of Information Technology)

 

  • February: AT&T will discontinue service
  • March-July: T-Mobile/Sprint will discontinue service
  • End of 2022: Verizon will discontinue service

 

As new technology progresses, old technology must sunset to make room for the new.  This is the case for 3G in 2022.  The above dates should remain unchanged because of large FCC penalties if schedules are not maintained.

 

Concerns abound whether enough outreach has been made and the depth of the 3G sunset so Telecom is doing its part to spread the word after receiving additional information from the State of Ohio 911 Program Office & Office of Information Technology.

As we stated in our October Telecom Matters newsletter, alternate arrangements need made for organizations that distribute old un-provisioned cell phones for calling 9-1-1 and for citizens who use home medical devices that connect with 3G rather than home WiFi.

 

Check out this easy-to-understand FCC Consumer Guide: https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/plan-ahead-phase-out-3g-cellular-networks-and-service

Attached is a press release from NASNA that also references these concerns and the FCC link.

 

You are urged to reach out to your citizens, family, friends, and colleagues who might be affected by this.

Follow-up questions from consumers should be directed to the carrier or manufacturer of their service/equipment.