As wireless networks continue to roll out 5G coverage across the globe, many have also announced that they’re pulling the plug on their aging 3G networks… even though there may still be many customers continuing to use phones and other mobile devices that rely on those networks.
But maybe some of those plans were a little premature. Verizon had announced it would end support for 3G by the end of 2020. But at the start of the new year, the folks at Light Reading noticed that the US wireless carrier’s 3G service is still up and running.
AT&T was already taking a more cautious approach. That carrier doesn’t plan to shut down its 3G network until February, 2022. And according to Verizon blog post dated December 4, 2020, it looks like Verizon may now be waiting even longer than that – the company says its 3G service will “sunset for commercial and government fleet customers will come at the end of 2022.”
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Verizon indefinitely delays 3G network shutdown [Light Reading]
Verizon had been planning to kill its 3G network by the end of 2020. That didn’t happen, and now the company says the network remains operational and there’s no current timeline for shutting it down. But Verizon is encouraging 3G customers to upgrade.
- Open source game streaming coming to Windows on ARM [@MishaalRahman and GitHub]
Moonlight is adding support for Windows on ARM, meaning you may soon be able to use this open source implementation of NVIDIA’s game streaming technology on devices like the Microsoft Surface Pro X.
- Intel DG2 discrete graphics with up to 512 Execution Units? [VideoCardz]
Details about Intel’s next discrete graphics card for gaming desktops are starting to leak. It looks like versions with 128 and 512 execution units may be on the way, but there’s no word on what kind of performance they’ll deliver.
- Samsung: Ten new OLED displays up to 16.0 inches for notebooks [ComputerBase]
Samsung teases 10 new OLED displays for laptops with screen sizes ranging from 13.3 inches to 16 inches. The company promises high contrast ratios, sunlight visibility, dark blacks, and bright colors.