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by: Talia Naquin, Nexstar Media Wire
(WJW) – Mobile providers are shutting down their 3G networks in 2022 to make room for more advanced network services such as 5G. That means many older cell phones won’t be able to make or receive texts and calls, even to 911.
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This applies to 3G mobile phones and certain older 4G mobile phones that don’t support Voice over LTE. “Mobile carriers have the flexibility to choose the types of technologies and services they deploy, including when they decommission older services in favor of newer services to meet consumer demands,” the Federal Communications Commission said.
Here is the 2022 timeline for shutdown by providers, according to the FCC:
Carriers such as Cricket, Boost and Straight Talk utilize these networks, so if you don’t see your provider listed, you could still be affected. “It is important to plan now so that you don’t lose connectivity,” the FCC stated.
If you’re not sure about your cellphone, contact your mobile provider to find out if you need to upgrade your device. The change could also impact tablets, smartwatches, home security systems and other connected products. You’ll need to contact the provider for those services as well to see if those will be affected.
To encourage customers to switch to devices that support the new technology, some mobile service providers may be offering special deals on new devices, including some that could include a free cellphone.
Additionally, some FCC programs may be able to help eligible customers with phone or internet service costs, though the agency does not cover the cost of new devices. Click here to read more from the FCC.
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NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The state is promoting a series of free COVID-19 vaccine clinics around the state this week. Events run from now through Sunday with Pfizer doses available for both kids and adults. CDC guidelines do allow you to mix and match vaccine brands, so even if you did not get Pfizer for your first round, you can get a Pfizer booster.
The following are the locations, dates and times of vaccine clinics (walk-ins are welcomed but registration is encouraged):
NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Warmer weather continues to move in through Thursday. A cold front will bring cooler temperatures in by Saturday.
A ridge of high pressure is building over the southwestern United States today, continuing to bring in warmer weather into New Mexico. This warming trend will continue through Thursday, which will be the warmest day this week. A cold front will sweep through New Mexico through the day on Friday. Breezy to windy weather will accompany this cold front, especially in eastern New Mexico where wind gusts will be over 35 mph.
ESPAÑOLA, N.M. (KRQE) – Just days after an infant was rescued from a dumpster, another New Mexico city is making sure it doesn’t happen again. Española is getting New Mexico’s first “baby box,” allowing for infants to be safely surrendered, anonymously.
For more than two years, the City of Española has worked to get Safe Haven baby boxes in public buildings. Now, they’re taking the final steps to make them a reality. “We are finally at the point where we’re going to install our first baby box in the Española Fire Station and we are thrilled about that,” said Javier Sanchez, mayor of Española. “We’re getting more awareness about what the reality is out there in the world.”