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Millions of 3G Devices to Lose Service in Next Few Months

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Most devices that run on 3G wireless technology will become obsolete this year, some as soon as three weeks.

In order to clear bandwidth for the new high-speed, fifth-generation networks known as 5G, companies will shut off service to devices that use 3G. That includes older-model flip phones, fire alarms, burglar alarms, personal emergency response necklaces or bracelets, and onboard navigation systems in older cars.

“What we’re recommending is that a person really sit down and go through everything in their home and their car that might be connected to a wireless connection,” said Tom Kamber, executive director of Older Adults Technology Services from AARP. “Write down what the model number is and call the provider who’s giving you service for the device.”

AT&T will shut down its 3G network on Feb. 22. T-Mobile shuts down its old Sprint network March 31 and its own 3G offerings at the end of July. Verizon has said it will retire its 3G service at the end of this year.

Kamber said you may have to replace your device, but you don’t have to go with an expensive, top-of-the-line 5G product if you only need a basic model.

“Begin by saying, ‘What is the most compatible new device that would be at the same level of cost as my old device, and can I do this cost-free?’ And many companies are trying to offer it for free right now,” he said.

The website Senior Planet from AARP will host a free online workshop Thursday to help people navigate the transition from 3G to 5G.

Millones de dispositivos 3G perderán servicio en los próximos meses

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La mayoria de los dispositivos que funcionan con tecnologia inalambrica 3G quedaran obsoletos este ano, algunos en tan solo tres semanas. Con el fin de despejar el ancho de banda para las nuevas redes de quinta generacion de alta velocidad, conocidas como “5G”, las empresas cerraran el servicio a los dispositivos que usan 3G. Eso incluye telefonos plegables de modelos anteriores, alarmas contra incendios, alarmas antirrobo, collares o pulseras para emergencias personales y sistemas de navegacion a bordo en automoviles mas antiguos. Tom Kamber dirige Servicios Tecnologicos para Adultos Mayores de AARP.

“Lo que recomendamos es que una persona realmente se siente y revise todo en su hogar o automovil que podria estar conectado a una conexion inalambrica. Anote cual es el numero de modelo y llame al proveedor que le brinda el servicio para el dispositivo”, anadio Kamber.

AT&T cerrara su red 3G el 22 de febrero. TMobile cierra su antigua red Sprint el 31 de marzo y sus propias ofertas 3G a fines de julio. Y Verizon dice que retirara su servicio 3G a fines de este ano.

Kamber dice que es posible que deba reemplazar su dispositivo, pero no tiene que optar por un producto 5G costoso y de primera linea si solo necesita un modelo basico.

De acuerdo al experto, usted debe comenzar preguntandose: “¿Cual es el dispositivo nuevo mas compatible que tendria el mismo nivel de costo que mi dispositivo anterior? ¿Puedo hacer el cambio gratis? Muchas companias estan tratando de ofrecer esos servicios gratis en este momento.”

El sitio web seniorplanet.org de AARP organizara un taller gratuito en linea este jueves 3 de febrero para ayudar a las personas a navegar la transicion de 3G a 5G.

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