Losing 3G in Illinois Will Be Costly and You Probably Had No Idea
Times have changed and times are strange, 3G will be gone and things won’t be the same.
2022 is going to be a big year, tech-wise, as mobile service providers are about to literally unplug 3G. One of the major carriers was supposed to do this in 2019 but delayed it for two years and you’ll soon see why.
The effects of losing 3G go well beyond archaic flip phones, so don’t think you won’t be affected, it’s actually quite likely that you will be.
“Can you hear me now?” – 3G flip phones
Do you know anyone who has a working 3G flip phone? Me, my mother… and that’s the worst.
(I can say this because she doesn’t know where to find it. If she brings it up, I know one of you will be responsible for it.)
Seriously, once AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon turn 3G power “off,” there will be no more texting or calling.
THIS IS WHEN MAJOR PROBLEMS COULD ARISE
Do you have a home security system? What about a fire alarm using a network or a personal medical alert system?
You’re going to want to call to make sure you’re not running on 3G, according to FOX6 Now.
NOT YET DONE, THERE IS MORE
Right there is an electronic tagging device, otherwise known as an ankle bracelet used by police departments nationwide. This could be very problematic if they were to suddenly stop working.
LOSING THE LOCATION OF CRIMINALS IS NOT THE ONLY RISK
GPS used for school bus traffic or public transport could be affected when 3G is no longer.
HOW MANY DEVICES NEED TO BE UPDATED?
As noted above, Verizon postponed cutting its 3G service after pressure from the Federal Communications Commission. The number of devices likely to be affected by the 3G apocalypse is well over one million.
AT&T will cut the plug this week, T-Mobile will follow this summer and Verizon by December.