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3-G PHONE NETWORKS WILL END LATER THIS MONTH

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SOME MAJOR CELLULAR SERVICE PROVIDERS WILL SWITCH OFF THEIR 3-G NETWORKS ON FEBRUARY 22ND AND IOWANS WHO HAVE OLDER PHONES MAY SUDDENLY FIND THEIR DEVICES NO LONGER WORK.

TOM KAMBER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF OLDER ADULTS TECHNOLOGY SERVICES AT A-A-R-P, SAYS HE’S CONCERNED FOR IOWA’S SIGNIFICANT POPULATION OF SENIOR CITIZENS, ESPECIALLY THOSE IN RURAL AREAS, WHO DON’T USE THEIR PHONES VERY OFTEN.

3G1 OC………”TO BE UPGRADED” (2X) :20

IOWANS WHO HAVE AN OLDER LOVED ONE SHOULD TAKE THE INITIATIVE AND CHECK THE STATUS OF THEIR PHONES AND OTHER DEVICES, AND IF NECESSARY, HELP THEM WITH AN UPGRADE.

3G2 OC………”RELIANT ALARMS” :18

GETTING A NEW PHONE CAN BE AN EXPENSIVE VENTURE, BUT IN THE CASE OF 3-G PHONES, THE COST MAY NOT BE AN ISSUE.

3G3 OC……..REPLACEMENT AVAILABLE” :10

IN GENERAL, MOST CELL PHONES MADE BEFORE 2012 ARE RELYING ON A 3-G NETWORK AND WILL NEED TO BE REPLACED.

THE 3-G SYSTEMS ARE BEING RETIRED TO FREE UP THE BANDWIDTH FOR THE NEWER 4-G AND 5-G TECHNOLOGY.