In the not-so-distant future, the era of 3G is coming to an end, and if you’re still using an older phone that relies on this network, big changes are on the horizon. By July 31, 2024, older 3G devices will cease to function, leaving users in need of an upgrade to stay connected.

To adapt to this shift, making voice calls on newer networks like 4G will require enabling VoLTE (Voice over LTE) or 4G Voice calling options in your phone’s settings. A quick check can verify if VoLTE is active: simply dial a local number and ensure that the 4G symbol remains steady, without dropping to 3G or H+.

However, not all 4G-capable phones will seamlessly support VoLTE. Factors like where you purchased your device and its age can influence this capability, as carriers often restrict VoLTE support to specific models they sell locally. In fact, they can easily issue a firmware update to enable it but they simply ignore the customers. This underscores the importance of checking compatibility before assuming seamless transition.

For those with 4G phones that lack VoLTE support due to manufacturer decisions, the options become a bit more complicated. Switching carriers or researching compatible models might be necessary to ensure uninterrupted service for voice calls.

Beyond personal devices, the 3G shutdown will also impact various systems and industries. Local telecommunications companies will undergo significant changes, affecting services ranging from car fleet monitoring and security systems to point-of-sale operations that rely on older technology.

As we move forward into the era of 4G and beyond, the message is clear: if you’re still holding onto a 3G phone, now is the time to consider upgrading to a 4G or even 5G smartphone. The transition isn’t just about keeping up with technology; it’s about ensuring you can stay connected in an increasingly digital world.

Are you prepared for the 3G shutdown? Share your thoughts and concerns in the comments below. Together, let’s navigate this transition towards a more connected future.