Android users warned tens of thousands of phones will stop working in 2022

OLDER phones might stop working in 2022 as 3G networks will be retired.

Other devices that use 3G, including some medical alert devices, tablets, smartwatches and home security systems might also stop operating.

The older phones will likely lose the ability to text, connect to the internet and make phone calls.

AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile all announced that they will discontinue 3G service to put all their focus on 4G (LTE) and 5G service next year.

AT&T will be the first to cut the cord, discontinuing service in February, according to the FCC. T-Mobile/Sprint will end service between March and July.

Verizon customers will have until the end of 2022 when their 3G service will be discontinued. 

These devices will also become vulnerable to cyber-attacks once service is discontinued.


Here is the list of older Android devices that may stop operating in 2022 when 3G service is discontinued

  • Archos 53 Platinum 
  • HTC Desire 500
  • Samsung Galaxy Trend Lite
  • Samsung Galaxy Trend II
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 mini
  • Catepillar Cat B15
  • Sony Xperia M
  • Wiko Dark Knight
  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2
  • Huawei Ascend G740
  • ZTE Grand S Flex
  • Lenovo A820
  • Huawei Ascend Mate
  • ZTE V956
  • UMi X2
  • Huawei Ascend D2
  • Samsung Galaxy Core
  • Run F1
  • THL W8
  • ZTE Grand X Quad v987
  • ZYE Grand Memo 
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 2
  • LG Lucid 2
  • LG Optimus F6
  • LG Optimus L3 II Dual
  • LG Optimus F5
  • LG Optimus L5 II
  • LG Optimus L5 II Dual
  • LG Optimus L3 II
  • LG Optimus L7 II Dual
  • LG Optimus L7 II
  • LG Optimus f6
  • LG Enact
  • LG Optimus L4 II Dual
  • LG Optimus F3
  • LG Optimus L4 Ii
  • LG Optimus L2 II
  • LG Optimus F3Q

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iPhone users won’t be safe either as those who have held on to their iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will stop receiving updates at the end of 2022.

Users will not be able to request official repairs for their devices.

Other devices such as iPhone 4 [8GB], iPhone 4S [8GB], iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C will also be discontinued next year.


“Most users of these services will be notified directly by the carriers if this discontinuation affects them,” officials say.

However, those who use older phones for 911 purposes only might not be notified they don’t have an active service with the provider.

“It has long been the practice of some organizations for the homeless or domestic violence shelters to provide clients with older phones with no service since those phones could still be used to call 911 in an emergency,”

Officials are calling for users of those 911-only phones to be made aware that their devices might not work once 3G service is discontinued. 

Low-income users worried about their 911-only phones can apply for service through the Universal Administrative Company Lifeline program.

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