What Verizon's 3G to 4G Transition Means for Farmers
It has become common knowledge that technology in this day and age is ever changing. Unfortunately, this leaves many older technologies to become obsolete. As a farm equipment dealer, we see this becoming more relevant to the agriculture industry as a whole. These advancements in technology sometimes cause little to no harm to our older farming equipment, however, Verizon's transition from 3G to 4G service could cause some issues for our valued customers. All 3G modems that are currently being used for RTK correction in equipment will cease to function.
Verizon has set December 31, 2019, as the date for total shut down of all 3G service. Verizon has also set June 30, 2018, as the final date they will allow existing 3G modems to be activated on the network. Since Verizon is approaching this transition in this manor, activated 3G modems may work until the final date of December 31, 2019, however, Verizon will begin to stop servicing the 3G network if issues arise. Connections may start to fail based upon location of your 3G device.
Many of our customers may have received notices on this transition. As of now, Verizon is the only provider with a set date for 3G elimination, although, we feel many providers will begin to conduct a similar transition. There are multiple ways to upgrade and still be able to maintain utilization of your guidance system. Contact your Redline Equipment Precision Farming Specialist to go over your options and decide what works best for your operation.