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erienewsnow.com 13 Jan, 2022 17:15 am

5G Rollout to Make 3G Devices Obsolete in 2022 - Erie News Now

5G Rollout to Make 3G Devices Obsolete in 2022 - Erie News Now
The nation’s three major wireless carriers (AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile) have announced plans to shut down their 3G networks to accommodate more advanced services, including 5G, as early as February

As a result, many older phones will be unable to make or receive calls and text messages or use data services.However, users of older phones that are used only for 911 connectivity may not receive the notification if they do not have active service with a carrier.Organizations that serve individuals experiencing homelessness or survivors of domestic violence sometimes provide clients with older phones without a service plan for making emergency calls.Users of these types of 911 only phones should check with the organization that provided the phone about their options.

Low-income individuals concerned that their 911 only phones will no longer be supported should consider applying for service through the Federal Communications Commission’s Lifeline program.The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and Pennsylvania State Police are urging residents with older cell phones to prepare for the phase out of 3G cellular networks and service in 2022.

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