Mobile Phone Companies Plan to End 3G Service in 2022 [telecom]

Up to 10 million will need new devices as carriers look to reuse that part of the airwaves

by Edward C. Baig, AARP, October 25, 2021

Most every mobile service provider pitch you come across nowadays screams 5G, shorthand for the fifth generation of wireless rolling out across the country.

While you can't blame the carriers for wanting to usher in the next era in wireless, millions of people, including many older adults, still rely on phones and other devices that tap into 3G, the third-generation networks that debuted in 2002. The 4G networks that came after have been around more than a decade.

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