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Does your phone have 3G? What you need to know to stay connected

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“Nationally, major cell phone carriers have announced that they will phase out all 3G services in 2022 to make more room for 5G service,” said County Emergency Management Director Dona Ana. , said Stephen Lopez.

If you bought a phone in the last two years, chances are it will be 5G capable and you won’t have to worry about running out of 3G. However, officials fear when it’s over, some people won’t be able to call 911.

“If they try to connect when their particular carrier’s 3G goes down, they’ll just get a message that they won’t be able to connect and the service isn’t available,” Lopez said.

According to FCC T-Mobile plans to end 3G on March 31, 2022, AT&T will pull the plug in February, and Verizon says it will close its 3G network by December 31, 2022.

With the deadline rapidly approaching, Dona Ana Emergency Management is ensuring that even the most respectable people are prepared for change.

“We know of some domestic violence shelters, for example, that give away free cell phones to domestic violence victims when they call 911 and so we’ve reached out to them to make sure they know and are offering phones that will be operational in 2022,” said Lopez.

But it’s not just my phone, some of my medical devices, security systems, smartwatches, and Wi-Fi routers also rely on 3G.

If you’re still not sure what connection type your phone uses, the next best thing to do is contact your mobile carrier to find out if you need to upgrade and when. their 3G service will be turned off.

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Yasmin Harisha

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