It’s time for you to upgrade your 3G

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Thank you, 3G, for introducing cellular-connected home security services and eliminating the need for landline dependence. But now, it’s time to bid 3G adieu—and upgrade to 4G or 5G, the newer and improved cellular network generations. 

If you’re wondering what the difference between 3G vs. 4G vs. 5G is all about, you’re not alone. Read on to learn what is 3G, why it’s time to ditch it and how to do it. And, find out what this all has to do with your home security system. 

The sun is setting on 3G wireless technology. When you’re ready to upgrade from 3G, call Ackerman to update your home security system. You can reach out to us directly at 800.552.1111, or schedule an instant security quote online.

What is 3G?

Let’s take a step back and go over some 3G basics. 3G may be the third generation of cellular network technology, but it was the first to introduce the widespread use of internet access from a mobile device. 

When 3G first came out, it was revolutionary. Remember when tech companies first released smartphones? They ran on 3G. 

But now, roughly 20 years after its release, only 6.3% of mobile connections in the U.S. are 3G users. Why? Because consumers, manufacturers, and telecommunications companies have turned their attention to faster and more stable connections. 

Cue 4G and 5G.


Why it’s time to upgrade your 3G

Normally, “because everyone else is doing it” isn’t a good reason to do something. But when it comes to 3G, it is a good reason to upgrade. 

Between 3G, 4G, and 5G, 3G is the oldest, slowest, and spottiest cellular network technology. Here’s why that should matter to you.


Reason to upgrade #1: Carriers are phasing out 3G

The biggest reason to upgrade your 3G is because you may not have a choice. Many major wireless carriers—including Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint—have been announcing the shutdown of 3G services (known as the “3G sunset”) for years. 

So, why phase out 3G? Again, there are currently three generations out there. Running all three networks at once is costly. Not to mention, keeping 3G around can limit carriers from expanding 4G and 5G infrastructure.   

To prepare for this final retirement of 3G, carriers have already taken steps to phase out the network, such as:

  • Troubleshooting: Your carrier may discontinue offering support for 3G devices.
  • Activation: Your carrier may not let you activate a new device on 3G.
  • Limitations: Your carrier might impose other limitations on your 3G service, such as roaming capabilities outside the U.S. or the discontinuation of 3G prepaid service.

Moving customers off 3G and onto 4G or 5G networks has proven to be a time-consuming process. As a result, a number of carriers have had to push back or pause their 3G shutdown. 

Currently, it looks like 2022 could be the year of the 3G sunset. But, keep in mind that there aren’t definitive dates. Carriers could decide to push back or pause their 3G sunset again, depending on how the transition is going. 

Keep in mind that as carriers phase out 3G, you may notice even slower speeds and spottier service. Which brings us to our second and third reasons to upgrade...


Reason to upgrade #2: It’s time to speed things up 

Unfortunately, 3G network speeds can’t compare to 4G or 5G speeds. Instead of impatiently tapping your foot as you wait for your mobile device to load, consider upgrading to speed things up a little. OK, maybe a lot.  

Network speeds are measured in terms of Mbps (megabits per second). The higher your Mbps, the faster your phone loads content without delay. And when you get into 5G speeds, you’ll start seeing measurements in terms of Gbps (gigabits per second). One Gbps is the equivalent of 1,000 megabits per second. 

Here’s how 3G max speeds compare with 4G and 5G max speeds, according to Digital Trends: 

  • 3G max speed: 7.2 Mbps
  • 4G max speed: 150 Mbps
  • 5G max speed: 1-10 Gbps (aka 1,000 - 10,000 Mbps)


Reason to upgrade #3: Spotty service is no fun

Have you ever been in a crowded area and noticed your service starts getting spotty? If so, it could be because you’re running on a network with less-than-desirable bandwidth. Bandwidth is the amount of traffic a network can accommodate at one time. The greater the bandwidth, the more connected devices your network can handle.

With each new cellular network generation, the bandwidth capabilities continue getting better and better. Although 3G and 4G bandwidths are comparable, 5G is set to have a much wider bandwidth. 


How to make the switch

Your smartphone isn’t the only thing that could be running on 3G. To upgrade your 3G, first determine which devices run on the network. Here are some products that may run on 3G:

  • Smartphones
  • Tablets
  • Smartwatches
  • Home security systems

After making a list of all your devices that run on 3G, contact your carriers to get more information on how to upgrade. 


What a 3G upgrade means for your home security system 

Some home security systems run on 3G, making it critical that you update before carriers fully phase the network out. Otherwise, your home security system won’t work properly. 

A home security system running on a discontinued network won’t send a signal to the safety monitoring center. Long story short: the safety monitoring center won’t know to dispatch help. 


Ready to upgrade? Trust Ackerman Security

If you’re ready to upgrade your home security system, we’re ready to get you there. Ackerman Security relies on WiFi networks and cellular networks to monitor our customers’ homes, which is why we’re here to help our customers transition from 3G. 

Not a current customer? We’ll work with you to design a security system that will give you true peace of mind. From our no-theft written guarantees to our 200% Money Back guarantee, see why more families in the Atlanta area trust Ackerman with their home security. 

Call us at 800.552.1111 or schedule an instant security quote online.

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