Drivers with ELDs on the 3G network need to act
December 30, 2021
•Land Line Staff
The sun is setting on the 3G cellphone network. That means some electronic logging devices soon may be no longer working.
Mobile carriers are ending their 3G networks in 2022. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration warns that the end of the 3G network is scheduled to be phased out as early as February. Once the 3G network is not any longer supported, ELDs that rely on that network will not be able to meet the minimum operational requirements.
According to FMCSA, the schedule for complete 3G shutdowns are as follows:
- AT&T: Feb. 22, 2022
- Sprint (T-Mobile): March 31, 2022
- Sprint LTE (T-Mobile): June 30, 2022
- T-Mobile: July 1, 2022
- Verizon: Dec. 31, 2022
While these are the projected dates for complete shutdowns, mobile carriers are planning to retire parts of their networks sooner. FMCSA also noted that sunset dates are subject to change and advised users to contact their mobile carriers for up-to-date information.
Such carriers as Boost, Cricket and Straight Talk use the AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile networks.
Drivers who may be affected by the change first need to confirm whether their ELD operates on the 3G network. If it works on the 4G or 5G networks, no action is needed to ensure their device meet minimum requirements. 5G is the newest generation of wireless network technology.
If a driver’s ELD operates on the 3G network, they need to contact their ELD provider about plans for upgrading or replacing their ELD.
Questions about the changes can be emailed to ELD@DOT.gov.
Previous Land Line Media coverage:
- 3G on the way out. What’s this mean for my ELD? – Soon, 3G networks will be out. Learn what this means in terms of making sure your ELDs remain compliant in 2022.
- What does the end of 3G mean for your ELD? – What’s going to happen with your 3G ELD and cellphone when 3G wireless service ends, probably sometime in 2022? LL