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OT - Questions on 5G and Obsolescence - OT

BotchBotch Posts: 9,101
edited February 9 in Off Topic
A year or two ago I got a letter from Tracfone, stating that support for 2G networks was going away and that I'd have to replace my flip-phone.  I had purchased it in 2007, so I certainly got my money's worth out of it, and got a modest LG smartphone for $60 (all my data/minutes transferred over).  It works fine.
 
Got another letter from them yesterday.  It warned my new phone isn't compatible with 5G nor something called "Voice Over LTE (VoLTE)" and that I needed to buy a new phone and "you must take action today".  It provided a website to order a new phone, my-tf.co/voltephones , not the normal www.tracfone.com .  I clicked on it, and it did redirect me to another website, shop.tracfone.com/blablabla, which still isn't quite the standard format.  
 
I didn't think 5G was even "turned on" yet, but I highly doubt that 4G will be turned off this quickly.  I plan on continuing to use my current phone until it does quit working, but was curious if anyone here knows more about this; I feel that this "voltephone" entity is trying to scare me into upgrading before I need to.  Thoughts?  
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"There are pre-grated cheeses, and there are great cheeses, but there are no great grated cheeses."    - Chef John 
 
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Comments

  • GulfcoastguyGulfcoastguy Posts: 2,809
    My I phone 8 is over two years old. I plan to drive it until about this time next year when the next I phone is supposed to be 5G compatible. It may or may not mean anything but I am skipping this years which is not. About 3 years is about as long as you can reasonably plan on using a smart phone before needing to replace it.
  • I don’t care to discuss phones at this time. I’m still too tender after decimating my two year old but unblemished iPhone X earlier this week when I set a dumbbell onto it at the gym. I’m still so mad at myself....
  • LitLit Posts: 7,723
    We build ATT towers and 3G is still active on most towers. We are installing 5G but it’s still a very small part of the bandwidth. Most towers are up to 5-7 sets of radios and at most one set is running 5G the rest are 4G. 
  • buzd504buzd504 Posts: 3,015
    As I understand it, the current iteration of 5G isn't "real" 5G anyway.  (much like the initial 4G wasn't LTE).  I think there is plenty of time.

    NOLA
  • GATravellerGATraveller Posts: 7,318
    I would have been hesitant to click the link. 

    "Social media gives legions of idiots the right to speak when they once only spoke at a bar after a glass of wine, without harming the community [...] but now they have the same right to speak as a Nobel Prize winner. It's the invasion of the idiots."

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  • HeavyGHeavyG Posts: 6,632
    I'm also with Tracfone and haven't received any sort of notification that I have to upgrade my phone RIGHT NOW.
    I'd be wary of that link.
    My phone is a Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro and I have no idea (nor do I care) if it is 5G compatible (which I doubt it is) as It meets my limited mobile phone needs just fine as is.

    Camped out in the (757/804)
  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 16,297
    Call your provider directly.
  • U_tardedU_tarded Posts: 1,734
    I don’t care to discuss phones at this time. I’m still too tender after decimating my two year old but unblemished iPhone X earlier this week when I set a dumbbell onto it at the gym. I’m still so mad at myself....
    Same here mine got ran through washing machine a few weeks back, yes I like the new phone but the old one was in mint condition.  Was🤦‍♂️
  • BotchBotch Posts: 9,101
    I don’t care to discuss phones at this time. I’m still too tender after decimating my two year old but unblemished iPhone X earlier this week when I set a dumbbell onto it at the gym. I’m still so mad at myself....
    Ouch!  
     
    Thanks for the info, guys.  I had my "Duh!" moment and went directly to Tracfone's website, and "Shop" took me to the same link provided in the letter, so it's legit.  That I have to buy a new phone right now is Not legit, apparently.  

    Thanks again.  
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    "There are pre-grated cheeses, and there are great cheeses, but there are no great grated cheeses."    - Chef John 
     
    Ogden, Utard.  
  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 16,297
    I don’t care to discuss phones at this time. I’m still too tender after decimating my two year old but unblemished iPhone X earlier this week when I set a dumbbell onto it at the gym. I’m still so mad at myself....
    That’s what you get for trying to be physically fit  ;)
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 20,698
    I'm amazed at the repetitive number of 12 ounce curls I can execute on a daily basis.   B)
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  • ThatgrimguyThatgrimguy Posts: 4,165
    They have some very limited spaces with full 5g. Some football stadiums and convention centers
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  • I don’t care to discuss phones at this time. I’m still too tender after decimating my two year old but unblemished iPhone X earlier this week when I set a dumbbell onto it at the gym. I’m still so mad at myself....
    That’s what you get for trying to be physically fit  ;)
    Wife washed hers. 
    South of Columbus, Ohio.
  • GulfcoastguyGulfcoastguy Posts: 2,809
    what is with everyone washing their phones? It reminds me of a certain boss who wanted a new work laptop. He told someone “Hold this “ and then he let go of it when the guys hand was still a foot away.
  • YukonRonYukonRon Posts: 15,133
    Like @Botch definition of a "squat" ....reaching down to pick up a doughnut, that had fallen to the floor.

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