AT&T Shuts Down Their 3G Service


Jason Colon

On 2/2/22, American Telephone and Telegraph (AT&T) will be shutting down their 3G cell service. This has happened after 20 years since its first introduction in the United States. When it was first introduced it paved the way for a new generation of apps, possibilities, and technology. AT&T is a major conglomerate, which is the parent company of many networks such as CNN, HBO, Cartoon Network, TBS, TNT, and Warner Bros. They have been working toward advancing technological capabilities, as new tech rolls out and continues to become better and better. You may be thinking, “How will this 3G stuff affect me?” Well, most people won’t be affected. Unless you still have a 3G phone. An example would be pretty much any phone before the iPhone 5. In an interview with CNN, a representative from AT&T said, “AT&T is shutting down its 3G networks as part of a greater effort to re-use the spectrum for 4G and 5G — newer standards that are more efficient than 3G.” While AT&T is one of the first companies to end 3G support, other major companies are set to follow suit this year. Cell companies like T-Mobile, and Verizon, have said they will also discontinue their 3G service. You may also be impacted if you are using devices like 3G Kindles, 3G flip phones, as well as various Android phones. It will also affect older home alarm systems. On top of that, some in-car crash and roadside assistance systems like OnStar will need to be updated or replaced too. This is one of many steps being taken to move towards a more advanced world, and preparation for the worldwide release of 5G. Do you think this is a good idea?


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