Verizon 3G Sunset: When is the 3G Shutdown, and What Devices Will Be Affected

After two decades of connecting millions of customers to the internet, Verizon’s 3G networks will be going offline at the end of 2022. Due to a ruling by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, wireless carriers are no longer required to support 3G wireless networks beginning in February of 2022. Major companies like Verizon are beginning to dismantle their 3G networks and transfer their customers over to newer, faster services. 

The Verizon shutdown will affect cell phones as well as certain medical devices, security systems, and other connected products that may be using 3G services. Any systems you have that utilize 3G technology will need to be upgraded to functioning services like the 4G LTE and 5G networks. As the shutdown date fast approaches, it’s essential you start these upgrades as soon as possible. 

When Will Verizon 3G Services Shut Down?

Verizon 3G Final Shutdown Date: December 31st, 2022. 

In a 2016 statement, Verizon officials said they would close down their 3G CDMA services in 2019, extending that date to the end of 2020 and again to the end of 2022. This advanced warning was meant to give their customers time to move to updated services like 4G LTE and 5G. Verizon has helped consumers utilizing 3G devices to transfer over to these newer networks, reporting that less than 1% of their customers are currently using 3G services. 

For customers with 3G devices integrated into vehicles or equipment, Verizon has stated they are doing everything they can to migrate these devices into 4G LTE and 5G networks. In the meantime, customers using 3G can expect to see service interruptions, connection degradation, and even total service loss as the network gradually shuts down. 

What Should I Do About My 3G Connected Devices?

For cellphones that are connected to the 3G network, you’ll want to contact your local Verizon service provider about getting switched over to a 4G LTE or 5G device. Other devices you utilize may also be connected to the 3G network, including cellular monitoring communicators for fire alarm and security systems. An interruption to these services could be dangerous and leave your property unprotected, and as the 3G network begins to degrade, you’ll want to make upgrading your systems a priority. The best way to do this is by contacting a professional fire protection and life safety systems contractor; they can help you upgrade your systems to newer networks and ensure that they are functioning properly.