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zjmg
Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

Hi,

 

I am travelling to the states this weekend for a visit but when looking into add-ons, I noticed the announcement about the 3G shutdowns, and some vague messaging about how this might affect service. I am wondering what that will actually mean in reality. I am going to need access to the internet while there - nothing major, just for maps and maybe messages. Will I have no signal now that the network has been retired? The FAQs aren't very clear on it.

 

Thanks.

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softech
Mayor / Maire

@zjmg   if the main thing you need is Data, it won't affect you much, just make sure you manually select T-Mobile or AT&T from the network provider list instead of leaving it as Automatic

 

The 3G comment is more for voice.  Voice needs 3G for PM service.  AT&T has started taking down 3G network and it might affect voice coverage in some US area.

 

RossN
Mayor / Maire

@zjmg hi that is getting harder to say people this morning couldn't get on at&t because of 3g shutdown t mobile is still available  might be better off getting a local sim 

zjmg
Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

Thank you! I mostly just want to make sure I'll be able to access maps when in between wifi spots.

zjmg
Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

I was considering that, but am only there for a couple of days and mostly on wi-fi anyway, this would be more just in case I got lost. Fingers crossed it should be okay.


@zjmg wrote:

Thank you! I mostly just want to make sure I'll be able to access maps when in between wifi spots.


@zjmg   You should be ok, just manually pick one of the 2 networks and see which one connects and connects better.  Do not leave it with Automatic select

 

Also, you might want to download offline map for Google.  

 

Enjoy your trip

 

dust2dust
Town Hero / Héro de la Ville

You can download maps and use offline. Just not navigation and directions. The GPS position will show on that offline map.

You can receive texts without roaming. Just not sending or any calls or of course data.

zjmg
Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

Thank you!

zjmg
Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

Downloaded one there to be on the safe side - thanks!

mellondon
Model Citizen / Citoyen Modèle

I just came back from Michigan and Indiana AT&T no longer working and t-mobile spotty at bedtime