Could Your Cell Phone Go Silent in 2022? Time To Check!
If you are using an older cell phone local authorities are hoping you've checked with your carrier or you've purchased a new phone.
Companies are now phasing out the 3G and 4G networks
What's the problem? If you have an older mobile phone that relies on 3G and 4G technology you won't be able to place phone calls, including 911 calls, or send texts next month. Yakima Fire Department officials say mobile carriers are shutting down networks that rely on 3G technology so they can move to advanced network services, including 5G. A press release from the department says "as a result, many older cell phones will be unable to make or receive calls and texts, including calls to 911, or use data services. This will affect 3G mobile phones and certain older 4G mobile phones that do not support Voice over LTE (VoLTE or HD Voice). Other devices relying on 3G connectivity, such as medical alert devices, tablets, smart watches and home security systems, may also be impacted by this transition."
Questions? Just call your provider or check a website
FCC officials say check with your mobile provider or the company website for information about a 3G retirement plan and whether your phone or other connected device may be impacted.
For more information, click the following link for the FCC’s consumer guide about the 3G transition - Plan Ahead for Phase Out of 3G Cellular Networks and Service Federal Communications Commission at fcc.org.