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3G Sunset

March 27, 2020

Your 3G Network Sets for the Last Time

As you all may know, the rise of 4G and 5G wireless technology is already here which means the end of 3G is in our near future. Our Smartphones are connecting us like never before, causing wireless carriers to continue in investing in 4G and 5G Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks.

The history of 3G

The first generation of mobile phones were launched in the 1980s and are what we remember them to be as big, bulky devices that were only used when absolutely necessary. We can’t blame them, who would want to carry a brick-like phone around? Next, came the second generation, or 2G, in the 1990s which provided a more reliable digital signal as well as SMS (Short Message Service) or text message as we call it today.

Over the years, mobile phones have become less of a luxury and more of a necessity as millions of people all around the world have hopped on the Smartphone bandwagon. With the rise of big data, email, and the need for reliable Internet access, which 2G deemed not quick or reliable enough, came the introduction of the third generation, or 3G. One of the major features of 3G is being able to use the Internet from basically anywhere (as long as you have access to Wi-Fi) providing us with a faster way to look up information on the go.

With the continuing rise of technology, what worked for us in the past can no longer support our needs and wants in the future. Therefore, major wireless carriers today are transitioning to a better and more convenient network that is able to keep up with our ongoing consumer demands.

How does it work?

A 3G cellular network works through signals that are passed between cell phone towers before it reaches your cell phone. Wireless carriers like AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile have cell towers scattered all across the nation in certain regions to provide strong and reliable signal to their users. This is why with different carriers we have stronger or weaker signals as we travel from one place to the next.

What is the infamous 3G sunset?

In order to keep up with data and the ongoing evolution of technology, our devices and wireless carriers are shutting off or “sunsetting” older networks such as 3G, CDMA and GSM to make investments in LTE networks. One of the world’s biggest wireless carriers, Verizon, announced their retirement of its CDMA network at the end of 2019 with many other wireless carriers following suit over the next couple of years.

How does this affect you?

With that being said, it’s imperative that all devices transition to 4G connectivity to continue operating effectively to ensure that your Smart home and security systems continue to keep your family and loved ones safe. Your Smart home and security system uses a device called a GSM to communicate to our central station using the cell towers in your specific region. Without upgrading your system, you may be at risk for your home not being protected in case of a burglary or fire.

What are your next best steps for planning ahead?

In order to maintain your Smart home and security system, an upgrade to your system is required. The team at Trinity is ready to work with you as we value your business highly to make sure that you are set up and ready to go with the sunset of 3G. Below are some next best steps for planning ahead and upgrading your system to a 4G network.

  1. Call us to schedule an appointment that works best with your schedule
  2. Choose how you want to pay (at once or monthly payments)
  3. Add a wellness test on your system and replace your yard sign (if needed) while we’re out there

With the rise of technology, we have seen with our mobile devices that it’s important to take into consideration your Smart home and security system’s connectivity with our central stations. The team at Trinity would love to continue to provide you and your family safety and peace of mind knowing your loved ones are safe and that your home is secure.

If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to schedule your upgrade please call us at 703-257-9403. We would like to thank you for being a huge part of our Trinity family and we look forward to hearing from you!

 

Source: Article by Simon Thomas What is 3G? Explained in Simple Terms

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