Upgrade 3G Cell Phones prior to 2022

By | October 3, 2021

If you have an older cell phone, be advised that wireless carriers will discontinue support of 3G devices in 2022. Older style 3G models of Tracfones, flip phones, Jitterbugs, etc., will no longer be supported after the New Year. 3G devices will not only be disabled from normal use, they will also be unable to dial or call 911. So even if you or a loved one has been keeping a 3G device for 911 purposes only, now is the time to transition to either a 4G or 5G phone.

How do you know if you have a 3G device?

  • Check the phone’s IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity)
  • IMEI should be available on a smartphone in the “About” tab of settings
  • IMEI from the phone’s keypad by pressing: *#06#

Once you have your IMEI number go to: https://www.imei.info This site will provide details on the phone and the type of network it uses. 3G networks use frequencies at 900Mhz or 2100Mhz.

Additional links from major wireless carriers