It’s always a brave new world when it comes to technology. Updating devices is a familiar thing to most these days, but something many will find shocking is needing to update their car.
Why The 3G Shutdown Is Affecting Cars
As our mobile devices become more advanced so too is the network that connects them all. Carriers like Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile have already begun upgrading from a 3G and 4G network to 5G. What’s that mean for you? Well, it means some seriously faster data rates for watching movies and scrolling through your favorite social channels. It also means 3G devices may no longer be operating though and that could include features on your car. Most manufactures are affected including, Chrysler, Dodge, Hyundai, Jeep, Nissan, Toyota, Kia, BMW and many more. Although this may seem annoying there is good news. The 5G network is said to be up to 100 times faster and doesn’t even need cell towers! Wow!
Car Features That Use 3G
Although a network shutdown sounds pretty harsh, don’t worry. It’s not likely that your car will stop working entirely. Some features may no longer function though. Safety features like SOS emergency assistance, automatic collision notifications and roadside assistance may not be there if they use the 3G network. Navigation maps, live traffic data and stolen vehicle tracking may not update too. Contact your vehicle’s manufacturer to find out more. Many automakers are offering upgrades, some with a fee, some without.
3G Shutdown Schedule
The 3G Shutdown for AT&T happened on February 22 and T-Mobile followed on March 31. Verizon is expected to end their 3G services by the end of the year. The good news is that 4G devices should remain on the networks for at least another decade.
List of Cars For 3G Shutdown
To find out if your vehicle is affected by the 3G shutdown contact your manufacturer. You will probably need your car’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) though. This blog gives more information too.
There’s always a learning curve when navigating new electronics. But, as always, Frank’s Servicenter is here to help you through the process.
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