AT&T Shuts Down Its 3G Service

AT&T is the first telecom provider to shut down its 3G network. T-Mobile and Verizon will do the same later this year.

AT&T Shuts Down Its 3G Service
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Telecom company AT&T is ending its 3G mobile service Tuesday, meaning if you have an older smartphone or device then it may no longer connect to service.

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However, some devices may only require a software update to continue working. Only 1% of mobile data traffic still uses 3G.

T-Mobile will shut down its 3G service on July 1, while Verizon customers will have until Dec. 31.