There are variety of common challenges when transitioning devices including:
lack of expertise
lack of collaboration between vendor and customer
lack of planning / project management
Sunset dates vary by carrier and by region, but it’s recommended that you update any 3G devices by the end of 2021 in order to not lose service.
Sunset dates vary by carrier and by region, but all 3G networks are expected to be shut down by the end of 2022. T-Mobile/Sprint is anticipating being completely shut down by December 2021, AT&T February 2022, and Verizon by December 2022. It’s important to note that carriers are decommissioning parts of their 3G network prior to the final shutdown date and significant network degradation is already being experienced in various regions.
Significant network degradation is already being experienced in various regions. Avoid disruption in usage. This is especially important for compliance and ELD. Upgrade now to get improved coverage areas and faster network speeds. Avoid a potential inventory shortage and rushed installations. Don’t wait until the last minute.
Not upgrading to 4G can be a huge financial risk. If you haven’t budgeted for the migration, determine how much money you would lose by not making the transition. Present the financial plan to management and ask for the money. Additionally, Spireon has leasing options with no cap ex / $0 down models (and $0 down plans for existing customers) to help lighten your financial burden.
The migration process will vary depending on your fleet / trailer size. A small to medium size fleet can take as little as a few weeks. Whereas a larger fleet can take months for a full transition.
As an existing customer, Spireon has your device makeup, and we’re able to help you understand your inventory. If you are new to Spireon, your telematics provider(s) should be able to help you understand your inventory.
4G LTE is a proven technology that provides faster performance and better coverage than 3G. 4G LTE networks are expected to operate at least through approximately 2030. You can leverage the benefits of 4G devices and have confidence that they will continue to be supported for many years into the future.