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Still using a 3G device? It won’t function much longer

KCCI Des Moines logo KCCI Des Moines 1/6/2022

The Iowa Utilities Board is advising Iowans to prepare for the upcoming shutdown of 3G networks.

According to a news release from the Iowa Utilities Board, "The FCC explains that mobile carriers are shutting down their 3G networks, which rely on older technology. As a result, many older cell phones will be unable to make or receive calls and texts, including calls to 911, or use data services."

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This change will impact the use of 3G mobile phones and some 4G phones.

The IUB says that there are also many other devices that will be affected by the phaseout. "Certain medical devices, tablets, smart watches, vehicle SOS services, home security systems, and other connected products" could lose functionality.

Iowans are encouraged to contact their service provider for more information.


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