Networks Forever Cycle of Issues


Ana Castillo, Writer

All US 3G networks are expected to go down which might damage your phone, home security system, and even your car.

On February 22,2022, AT&T announced that this service would be discontinued. This was the first service, and all others will follow, so if you’re on 3G, you’ll almost certainly be given a phone that supports 4G or 5G. You can check if your phone is compatible with the carrier. 6 and newer phones; Galaxy S5 and newer phones, to name a few examples, should all operate great!

AT&T 3G networks shutting down on February 22 - TownTalk Radio

What brought them to a halt?
3G networks are becoming obsolete. At the end of the day, they were a modernized version of the 2G network, based on technology from 1995 to 1996. It was past time for a refurbishment and to bring everyone up to speed on the internet.

What impact does this have on you?

  • Cars

3G will effect not only the network on your mobile device, but also over 100 different car types. Those linked automobiles will be unable to do tasks that most people consider essential, such as broadcasting a signal using in-vehicle technology, navigation, WiFi hotspots, smartphone app connectivity, and so on. The list includes vehicles from a wide range of manufacturers; check to see whether your model is included.




-General Motors, within sub-brands of Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC









This is dependent on the car model as well as the year, which is often between 2014 and 2020. Because not all cars will be affected in the same way, it is recommended to call and see what the best course of action is in this scenario since your car will still be safe to drive. The majority of the changes are technological. Other carrier devices, such as Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon’s 3G networks, are scheduled to shut down in 2022 if your vehicle isn’t included.

  • Business

Many businesses have adopted 3G because of its affordable costs, wide coverage, and the fact that the devices that use it don’t necessarily require high speeds.

Like the development of 2G, it was just a matter of time before 4G and 5G took over and canceled out 3G. Even after hearing the news before it was made public, businesses and the automobile industry continued to use it. This is bound to happen again and again, with what could be your lifelong car not being able to perform to its full potential due to built-in networks, eventually shutting down. It is up to the consumer to decide what this destined to be a recurring issue will be, and to keep allowing you to influence the purchases you make.