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3G Shutdown By End of Year

Telecom companies are phasing out 3G networks to shift focus to the newer 5G networks. AT&T has already shutdown their 3G network. T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon are following suit later this year. This will affect a number of older devices.

What Will Be Affected?

Cell Phones – Older smartphones (those released prior to 2014) like the iPhone 3GS will no longer be able to make/receive calls and texts. Some flip phones released after 2017 will also be affected.

What should I do? 
For personal devices, carriers are offering trade-in incentives to upgrade to newer 5G phones. For business devices, take an inventory of the phones currently being used. Upgrade affected devices as soon as possible to avoid connectivity problems.

Alarm Systems – Cellular enabled alarm systems installed prior to 2017 typically use 3G to communicate. After the 3G shut down, these older alarm systems may look functional, but they won’t be able to send alerts. Both your security alarms and fire alarms may be affected.

What should I do?
Alarm companies have already upgraded nearly all home security systems to connect to 4G. If you have an older alarm system, verify that a 4G adapter has been installed at your home or business. Contact your security provider with questions.

Vehicles – Many cars released prior to 2019 have 3G technology. This is primarily for roadside assistance and emergency service calls through services like OnStar. If your vehicle is not equipped with 4G technology, these services will no longer function.

What should I do?
If you subscribe to these services, you’ve likely been informed of the need to upgrade. Your local dealership will be able to complete the upgrade if needed. Depending on the make of the vehicle, the fix may be new hardware or software.

Staying Safe With Google Workspace

Our networks have evolved from 3G to 4G and now 5G. Business productivity has also evolved to cloud-based services like Google Workspace.

With every technology shift, we need to know how to stay secure. We still have a few seats remaining for Thursday’s virtual Lunch & Learn!

Learn tips and tricks on how to keep yourself and your company secure on Google Workspace. Plus, enjoy lunch on our partners at Cisco after the event!

Topics Covered:

  • Gmail Security
  • Google Workspace Apps
  • Multifactor Authentication
  • Cloud Security Basics
  • Compliance
  • & More!

Date: Thurs. April 14th
Time: 11am – 12pm
Topic: Staying Safe with Google Workspace

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