The 3G blackout is underway and here are the key dates

Although the so-called fifth generation of mobile phone technologies (5G) is in full swing, 4G is still in the majority in much of the world. But what is becoming increasingly obsolete the 3Geither third generation voice and data transmission. On 30 June, Sprinting stop providing 3G coverage to their phones, which was AT&T Y T Mobile they already did months ago.

Just left VerizonAnd the countdown continues…

Find out here what it’s all about the key dates of the 3G blackout and whether your phone will be affected.

The third generation of networks was introduced in 2001 and was key to the arrival of smartphones, thanks to their increased capacity to carry data than previous generations. And despite the consolidation of the 4G network and the widespread use of 5G, the 2019 GSMA Intelligence report estimated that more than 47 million users in the United States, about 17 percent, still use 3G services.

What does a 3G blackout mean?

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3G came to the United States in 2002, when Verizon built the first network. Since then, mobile phone technologies have given way to 4G in 2010 and 5G, which started rolling out in 2019.

Since new mobile phones are compatible with the most modern and efficient mobile phone technologies, such as 4G and 5G, operators must focus their efforts on building these networks and save maintenance costs on older ones, such as 3G or 2G.

In this way, the 3G blackout means that companies will stop providing coverage to phones that are not compatible with the most modern networks.

What it means in practice

That your phone will not be able to make or receive phone calls or send or receive text messages. It also won’t let you make emergency calls, like 911.

Since you won’t have network service, you won’t be able to use apps or visit websites either. The only exception will be some apps or Wi-Fi browsing.

Which computers will be affected

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The iPhone 6 has compatibility with the most modern communication networks.

What does this mean in practice? When 3G services stop, only 4G VoLTE (Voice over LTE) or HD Voice calls are allowed, so that means you’ll need a smartphone with VoLTE support.

Although in the case of AT&T it specifies the devices that support VoLTE, among these are all iPhone 6 and later devices from Apple, or the most recent generations of Samsung phones. However, there are some, such as the Galaxy S10e 2019, that could be left unaddressed.

Anyway, you can consult this list of phones that will end once the blackout of the major companies in the US is complete or learn how you can find out on your own.

When will the big US turn off their 3G networks?

  • AT&T: February 22, 2022. 3G and 4G phones without VoLTE on their network cannot be activated.
  • T-Mobile: March 31, 2022.
  • Expires: June 30, 2022.
  • Verizon: December 31, 2022. 3G and 4G phones without VoLTE will not be able to be operated on your network.

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