I don't even think he contacted them! I thought i remembered they just sent it because the V30 wouldn't work any more.Umm... <shrug> haha. I haven't been keeping up too closely, but I didn't see anything about it in this thread. I had to google it just now and, yeah, it looks like some people are getting the S9 and even the Note 9, though probably only because the el cheapo phones went out of stock. We were sent one of those el cheapo phones last Summer, but it hasn't been activated. Maybe if I contact them and don't mention it, they'll send me something better, like the S9. I'll definitely try that before buying a phone.
Umm... <shrug> haha. I haven't been keeping up too closely, but I didn't see anything about it in this thread. I had to google it just now and, yeah, it looks like some people are getting the S9 and even the Note 9, though probably only because the el cheapo phones went out of stock. We were sent one of those el cheapo phones last Summer, but it hasn't been activated. Maybe if I contact them and don't mention it, they'll send me something better, like the S9. I'll definitely try that before buying a phone.
Yeah, and it's Note 9. Don't know why I typed Galaxy S9 earlier.
All of the Big 3 wireless carriers are shutting down their 3G networks to make way for 5G. AT&T is first in line February 22 (HSPA), with T-Mobile scheduled to shut down the CDMA network it inherited from Sprint on March 31 and T-Mobile’s 3G (HSPA) network by July 1. Verizon is last, with a 3G (CDMA) shutdown planned for December 31, 2022.
The AICC recently told Fierce that it asked for 10 extra months so that it would get the same amount of time from AT&T that Verizon provided. Pandemic-inspired chip shortages, supply chain issues and labor shortages have meant disruptions in their ability to make the necessary upgrades, the AICC said.
AICC estimates there are close to 2 million upgrades left to do – 500,000 to 600,000 emergency home health monitoring systems protecting seniors and around 1.5 million traditional burglar and fire alarm systems protecting “tens of millions of people” frequenting commercial properties and homes.
However, the AICC said that doesn’t include the millions of emergency tracking systems in older cars, including 911 and collision avoidance, ankle bracelets for violent criminals, school bus tracking systems and rural 3G phone systems.
Well, it's February 23rd. I was under the impression that the world was going to end overnight, but my US998 still works on AT&T this morning. I've even gotten a couple of spam calls already. I don't know if AT&T is delaying its 3G shutdown or if it's just a process that started yesterday and may not affect me for days or weeks. It's probably the latter, but we'll see. Either way, I feel like a rebel living on the edge for now.
Hmm. I don't use Google Voice, but I wonder if I could set up a number and then enable call forwarding on my AT&T number to the Google Voice number.
Yes you can. I actually do that for voicemail, because the carriers didn't provide visual voicemail (in the past) for free. With GV, I setup "missed call forwarding" to my GV account and recorded messages there. This gives me transcriptions, downloads, and visual-voicemail capabilities as well... for free. Another benefit: Unlike carrier VM systems, there seems to be little or no limit to how many messages you can store... no more nonsense "mailbox full" crap.
If the phone doesn't ring and forwarded calls go directly to voicemail, which it seems like from your experience and some more googling that I just did, then that isn't going to work too well as a shutdown circumvention. I need to be able to take calls. I suppose that Google Voice isn't a good long-term solution for me, after all, unless I want to start using and handing out a new number (my Google Voice number) to all of my contacts, which I'd rather not have to do. It's maybe a temporary solution if/when 3G service ends, though. Thanks for the info, regardless!
What I did was years ago when I switched from Verizon to a regional carrier was port my Verizon number to Google Voice.If the phone doesn't ring and forwarded calls go directly to voicemail, which it seems like from your experience and some more googling that I just did, then that isn't going to work too well as a shutdown circumvention. I need to be able to take calls. I suppose that Google Voice isn't a good long-term solution for me, after all, unless I want to start using and handing out a new number (my Google Voice number) to all of my contacts, which I'd rather not have to do. It's maybe a temporary solution if/when 3G service ends, though. Thanks for the info, regardless!
Well, it didn't ring for me because I had it set to DND on GV. I had to do that because otherwise what happens is that the missed call gets sent to GV after about 4-5 rings, then it rings there for another 4-5 rings before going to voicemail. I don't want people to wonder what's going on, so I activated DND on GV to eliminate the second set. In your case, when you do "all call forward" to GV, it won't ring on your phone, but WILL ring on GV, so you won't have double-set-ringing. And the voicemail will work there.
Bottom line, you can easily try all this for no cost and little effort. Setup your GV, setup a VM there, and then be sure it's not on DND. Install the GV app on the phone (I don't know if you really need it, but I expect you might...) and then set call forwarding via the star-code for your carrier. Then call your carrier number and see what happens. You may have to tweak things here and there (I'm happy to help, as I've tinkered in GV a decent amount)... but if all else fails, you simply star-code to turn off forwarding and you're back to normal.
Yes, when you port your number out it will shut down the carrier account if it's the main number. So, yeah if other family members are on the account, don't do that. Unless you port their numbers first (even temporarily) to some other service or somehow first move them off your account.I've been reading about porting your number and keep seeing that doing so will automatically close your carrier account, which worries me a little, as I don't want to leave AT&T and other family members are on the account. Even if nothing happens but my particular line is dropped, I imagine that adding a new line might involve getting a new SIM card. Overall, it sounds more disruptive and like a hassle than I'm looking for at the moment. It's probably what I'd like to do eventually, though. Thanks.
When I said "this" gives me transcriptions, downloads, etc... I was referring to GV which does all that for free, and always has. Of course, GV also provides wifi calling (before it was available on the carrier) as well, so when we were out of the country, I could make calls in the US for free over wifi, when necessary.
Interesting that your 3G towers are still functional.
Here in Atlanta area, my AT&T number stopped working back then. I had to switch to "data" calls on Google Voice and I can no longer initiate calls with regular phone dialer as it tries to use AT&T number. Back when it was working correctly, the call would start with my carrier number but transfer over to some Google phone exchange (seamlessly) and then show up recipient's caller ID as my Google Voice number. Or when people called me, my Google Voice would immediately forward to my AT&T number and my phone would ring. Worked fine for 10 years.
Now, I am having to use AT&T data for Google Voice calls when I'm not connected to Wi-Fi here at the house.
At least my AT&T texting still works for my bank security challenges.
I'm near Nashville, so not too far from you. AT&T's coverage map shows that I'm deeply within 5G territory, so it seems like an exaggeration, at least, that they had to cannibalize 3G to expand 5G. They may've quietly caved to the complaints from industries that still rely on 3G (security companies, automobile companies using OnStar and the like) and I'm benefiting from it.
When your AT&T number stopped working, it may not be that the 3G towers stopped working, but that AT&T deactivated your phone because they shipped you a new one. They did the same to me last August. I woke up and suddenly had no service. I had to chat with AT&T and ask them to re-activate it, which they did. I haven't had any issues with service since.
I imagine that I'll lose coverage eventually, but I'm not going to replace my favorite phone ever if it's still fully functional. The longer that I hold out, the cheaper the phones that I'm considering will be or the better the phones in my price range will be. I have AT&T's trash phone to switch to temporarily while waiting if/when that happens.
No one works on stock, but me.
SO i activated a GSMA SIM with Red Pocket. I used US998 for a while and then tried this H931 Rom. It seemed to work fine but it said my SD card was corrupted and needed to be formatted. I didnt of course because it is packed with all my stuff....oly seems to be an issue on this rom? (tried it twice) all fine on US998
also, is this the only ROM you can think of with the GSMA that will get voWIFI, voLTE, VVM etc?
What about the CDMAS....I think we said nothing will work?
@ChazzMatt feel free to interject
Yeah, say what you will about xda rules being overbearing or draconian, but there's a certain security to it you won't find in the Wild West that is TG. That freedom from lawlessness is a real false sense of progress that flies in the face of security and due process