How Will the 3G Shutdown Affect UConnect®?

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Outside factors can certainly throw a wrench into the car-buying process, as we’ve seen with the ongoing automotive chip shortage. Similarly, you can expect there to be a noticeable impact from the looming 3G shutdown on Uconnect® technology features.

Automakers have integrated cellular network connectivity into vehicles for more than two decades, allowing for features like turn-by-turn navigation, smartphone connectivity, and more. Now considered by many Dayton and Springfield drivers to be indispensable, these technologies have one downside: progress itself. 

3G technology replaced slower, lower-capacity versions in the early 21st century—but now that it’s been eclipsed by 4G and 5G, most 3G networks are set to go offline throughout 2022. So, how will the 3G shutdown affect your car and its Uconnect® app functions? Get the details in this guide from New Carlisle Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram.

How Will the 3G Shutdown Affect My Car’s Features?

After the shift to 4G and 5G technology occurs, some vehicles will lose specific remote emergency and connectivity features. This may be the case even if your car isn’t any more than a few years old!

Many automakers will offer upgrades so that drivers can avoid a loss of features. If you opt not to upgrade, then the impact of the 3G shutdown on Uconnect® will likely involve the loss of:

  • NavigationSystems – Although the 3G shutdown will impact different makers and models differently, you can expect a widespread disruption of 3G-powered navigation features, including map updates and live traffic data.
  • Remote Control Functions – Many smart phone-controlled remote functions depend on a 3G antenna. These functions vary by manufacturer, but may include remote lock and unlock, stolen vehicle tracking, roadside assistance, remote start, remote climate control adjustment, and others.

The good news is that many comfort and convenience amenities will be spared! Any features that don’t connect with 3G—like power-adjustable and heated seats, satellite radio, and remote key fobs—won’t be impacted.

3G Uconnect® Shutdown: How it Could Impact Used Car Buying

If you are buying a used car, you may be wondering how the 3G shutdown could affect your shopping experience. Here’s what Huber Heights drivers should keep in mind:

  • Ask the dealership if the previous owner had the vehicle upgraded from 3G.
  • Because 3G connectivity was previously offered as an optional extra, older used cars may not include a 3G antenna at all. Buying one of these vehicles is a great solution if you simply want to avoid a vehicle with non-functioning technology.
  • For details on the impact of the 3G shutdown on Uconnect® features for a particular model, contact the automaker. Be sure to have your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) ready.

Learn More About the 3G Shutdown with New Carlisle Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram

Further questions or concerns about how will the 3G shutdown affect your car—or your future purchase of a new or used vehicle? We’re here to help! Contact our service center or visit us in New Carlisle today.

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