By: Sierra Schallock - Marketing Specialist, Dec 15, 2020
Have you noticed your phone calls are being dropped lately or have bad reception? If you have a 3G phone, this may be the reason. All 3G towers are being upgraded to 4 or 5G, meaning your 3G phone will soon be incompatible with cell service. All major carriers such as Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile along with carriers running off of these networks are changing over to 4G or 5G towers. The reason this is being done is that these 4G and 5G towers are easier to maintain and also increase coverage and reception quality. However, this means your 3G phone will no longer get service. For your average smartphone, 4G and 5G will increase your data speeds and improve your reception. When it comes to Jethro phones, upgrading to the 4G model will make your reception better and reduce or eliminate the number of calls being dropped.
We don’t want to leave you wondering if your phone stops working suddenly. We also don’t want to leave you wondering why your phone may be dropping calls and getting spotty service. If you have noticed bad service, increasingly dropped calls, it may be that your phone is no longer compatible with the new technology of cell towers. This problem won’t simply go away by switching cell phone carriers. Sooner rather than later, you will have to upgrade in order to get quality cell phone service (and data speeds if using a smartphone).
So, what can you do if you have a 3G phone and are experiencing incompatibility issues and bad cell reception? Well, if you have a Jethro phone, you can easily upgrade to our new 4G phone. If you have purchased a Jethro phone in the past year, ask us to upgrade your phone. By doing this, you will receive the newest 4G SC490 bar-style phone at a reduced price. We will put whatever you paid for your current phone towards the upgraded phone. While we are sure you have heard of 5G, don’t worry about 4G phasing out like 3G is. 4G will not be phasing out anytime soon. However, if you have a 3G phone, don’t wait. 3G is scheduled to be phased out starting as early as December 31st, 2020, depending on which service provider you use.
With the holidays coming up, you don’t want to have to worry about dropped calls, bad reception, or your phone simply not working at all. Especially this year with COVID, you need to be able to contact your loved ones. Don’t wait to get your new 4G phone!
When Will 3G Be Retired? Here are the Timelines for Verizon, T-Mobile & AT&T.
1. Verizon has already started the process, with a note on a support page stating: “Currently, 3G / 4G non-HD Voice CDMA devices can’t be activated for any new line of service.” The company expects that those still accessing the 3G network will be transitioned over by the end of 2020.
2. T-Mobile will shut down its 3G network in January 2021
3. AT&T plans to shut down its 3G network in February 2022
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