By Eileen Doherty, MS ~
Major companies that offer cell phone service are phasing out cell phones that use a 3G network, including those used only to call 911.
Many older cellphones, including the iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, and Samsung Galaxy S4, as well as many flip phones, will become obsolete in 2022 as cellphone providers transition to 5G networks.
Some traphones, flip phones, Jitterbugs, and even older smartphones won’t be able to make calls once the networks are down. Most of these phones, sometimes referred to as “third generation” phones, were released nearly 20 years ago and will no longer work with most carriers in 2022.
The Federal Communications Commission says mobile carriers often upgrade their networks to make them faster and use the latest technology.
The FCC has published the following schedule for 3G network outages: AT&T, February 2022; Verizon, December 31, 2022. T-Mobile, March 31, 2022 and Sprint’s 4G network by June 30, 2022. T-Mobile’s 3G UMTS network will be shut down by July 1, 2022. The shutdown date of T-Mobile’s 2G network has not been announced.
The FCC recommends that you first contact your cell phone provider for more information about its phone and network retirement plan, as well as to discuss your options for a new phone. Some carriers may offer discounts for people who need different devices.
Given the cost of internet services, as well as the purchase of a new device, seniors who are still using these devices should take immediate action to avoid any disruption in services and allow time to plan for the possible increase. costs and the purchase of new telephones.
For more information, call 303-333-3482 or 1-855-294-3971 (toll-free) or 1-855-880-4777 (in Spanish).
Eileen Doherty, MS is the executive director of the Colorado Gerontological Society. His areas of expertise include management and administration of non-profit organizations, education and training on issues related to older persons, advocacy and policy development on issues relating to older persons, and clinical practice in working with older adults and families to manage their lives in later years. She has been a director of the society since 1982. She teaches nonprofit management at Fort Hays State University.