Only 23 Days Before 2G GPS Tracking Network Shuts Down

GPS tracking: 2G shutdown in 3 weeks, 2 days

It’s hard to believe how quickly time has gone by since AT&T officially announced that they were planning to shut down all 2G networks. This change has come as quite the shock to some people and others have embraced it wholeheartedly as they know it gives them a chance to benefit from the new and improved networks. Why does this 2G shutdown matter so much? Well, the fact is that our GPS tracking devices used to operate off of the 2G network, much like many cell phones did. The problem is that those who have not upgraded within the next 23 days will lose connection completely.

All US Fleet Tracking customers currently still using 2G network GPS tracking devices will need to upgrade to the 3G network prior to December 31, 2016 to be “in the clear”. We are working with customers on this transition by offering a few upgrade deals. You can either upgrade to any 3G device and get $100 off per device or upgrade for free to any 3G device with a 2 year agreement. Please click here for further details about these offers.

You may be wondering, just how much better is 3G GPS tracking network compared to the old 2G network? AT&T has explained that the newer, 3G advanced networks allow for GPS tracking features like real-time streaming and driver dash cameras for fleet trucks to function much better. The 3G network can support more radio technologies making it a smoother operating system and allows for instant data rather than customers having to wait several minutes for information to stream through.

When time is money, speed makes all the difference in the world! If you still need to upgrade to 3G GPS tracking, but you’re not sure which devices would be right for you please feel free to contact US Fleet Tracking for support.

To view our list of upgraded GPS tracking devices, please click here.

4 Reasons You Should Upgrade To 3G GPS Tracking: Part 2

GPS tracking: Bringing you into the next generation

When new technology comes out many people race to be the first in line. Why? People crave having the best of the best! Simply put, having the best technology is what our society has come to rely on. This is precisely why AT&T has decided to shut down their 2G networks in favor of opening up bandwidth for the better networks. As things keep “moving on up” we have to keep moving with them to keep from getting left behind. Thus, GPS tracking will soon be only operational using the 3G network. In part one we talked about 2 reasons you should consider upgrading to the new network. Today, we’re going to list 2 more compelling reasons for you to weigh on your mind.

1.) Better Connectivity And Coverage: Who likes waiting 5 to 10 minutes for an alert to come through that should have been there in 5 seconds? We surely don’t! Do you like loosing connection when you’re driving in the middle of nowhere? Of course you don’t. With the 3G GPS tracking network, the good thing is that when a client has you driving to a remote location you know your tracking is still going to work. Furthermore, those alerts will come through when they’re as they should.

2.) It’s An Enhanced Live System: If you’re still using 2G network you may have noticed an increase in connection problems and you won’t even get a signal to let you know that you’ve lost connection. How do you know where your drivers have been if the GPS tracking can’t function properly due to poor connection? It’s possible you just won’t have 2G coverage in many areas at this point. To avoid these complications, 3G network has more accurate mileage reporting and accurate in and out of service notices.

We know it’s still not going to be easy for everyone to understand why this change had to happen, thus; if you have more questions about the upgrade process feel free to call our support team!

If you would like to see our selection of GPS tracking devices, please click here.

4 Reasons You Should Upgrade To 3G GPS Tracking: Part 1

GPS tracking: Bringing you into the next generation

Like any other type of technology developers decided it was time to bring the world an even more robust technology than the one that previously existed. For this reason, all GPS tracking units purchased from our company will inevitably be bringing you into the next generation of technology. If you’re still hung up on your 2G network and you’re not certain whether upgrading to 3G GPS tracking is the correct decision for your company, let us shed a little light on 2 reasons why you should upgrade!

1.) The 2G Network Shutdown: Imagine being left in the dark when you’ve been used to staying in a lit room. Eventually, you’re going to miss seeing that light! The bottom line here is that after AT&T completely shuts down their 2G networks (on or before December 31st, 2016) users will no longer have a GPS tracking connection if they do not upgrade to 3G.

2.) Continuous Tracking Benefits: You may think of your GPS tracking devices as glorified maps and try to talk yourself into using a map application instead of taking the plunge to upgrade, but don’t forget about all of the other benefits GPS tracking brings you. For upgrading you’ll still be able to take advantage of these awesome conveniences like automatic oil change notifications, geofencing, and speed alerts.

When 2G network first came out over ten years ago it enabled various mobile devices to provide services that, at the time, seemed like the best thing since sliced bread. The next phase, 3G network, is like taking that tasty sliced bread you love so much, toasting the bread, and placing your favorite condiment on top. It just makes a good thing even better!

If you have more questions about the upgrade process feel free to call our support team!

If you would like to see our selection of GPS tracking devices, please click here.

Only 67 Days Before 2G GPS Tracking Network Shuts Down

GPS tracking: 2G shutdown in 2 months, 6 days

The days are ticking by as the countdown brings us closer to the final days of the 2G GPS tracking network. In fact, as of right now there are only 67 days left before AT&T completely shuts down all of their 2G networks. It has been stated that they may decide to shut down some networks prior to the final countdown date of December 31, 2016. For example it’s possible that fleets using the 1900 MHz and 850 MHz service may be shut down early. This is just a fair warning to all of our US Fleet Tracking customers to get your upgrades sooner rather than later.

We certainly don’t want anyone feeling left “in the dark” or having to revert back to the ways before GPS tracking. AT&T explains that the newer, 3G advanced networks allow for GPS tracking to offer great features like real-time streaming and driver dash cameras for fleet trucks. These enhancements would not be possible on the 2G network. In case you’re not certain whether migrating to a faster, higher-capacity network is efficient, here’s some information for you to weigh.

The network created for 2G technologies allocates a special code to each user so as to communicate over a multiplex physical channel. The transmission of data isn’t always secure when weather conditions or other disturbances interrupt the signals. The 3G network can support 5 major radio technologies making it more comfortable to work with. Not only are downloading speeds faster, but with 3G GPS tracking users have quicker access to instant data.

We truly believe that the speed differences alone are worth the difference it can make for your fleet business. For example, with older devices it’s possible that Geofence alerts wouldn’t have made it to you in a quick fashion due to the failing 2G network. With the 3G network, security is increased as it takes mere seconds to transfer the alert data through the system.

If you have questions about upgrading please feel free to contact US Fleet Tracking. More information about the countdown can be found here.

To view our list of upgraded GPS tracking devices, please click here.

The Installation Of 2G Vs. 3G GPS Tracker Devices

GPS tracker: Communicating with the system

As you may have heard or read about in our previous shout outs, AT&T has announced plans to shut down all 2G networks. AT&T is doing this in an effort to keep up with the growing demand for quicker, mobile broadband data. This impacts the world of GPS tracker devices in that if they are still operating on the 2G network they may stop functioning any time between now and December 31, 2016. After the shutdown of the AT&T 2G network, your device will no longer be able to communicate with our system. Many businesses have already made the switch in order to ensure that their services are not interrupted. Others question if the installation of 3G GPS tracker devices is worth it.

Here’s why having the most up-to-date technology would be beneficial for you:

The 2G network has slowed down to the point that consumers often have to wait minutes for important data to stream though. It’s an understatement to say that every second counts for a fleet company! That’s why it’s great to have the 3G network that will allow alerts to come through in seconds. GPS tracker units functioning at their best yields quicker results for things like downloading reports and receiving alerts.

Luckily, the installation process for 3G GPS tracker devices is, in most cases, the same process as those that previously had the 2G network. For most GPS tracker users, it’s as simple as disconnecting the old devices and connecting the new ones in the same location, using the same wires. If there are questions about installing new devices, our technical support is available to make this transition as simple as possible. To learn more about this transitioning process or to contact US Fleet Tracking, please click here.

To view our selection of GPS tracker devices, please click here.

Why 2G GPS Tracking Network Is Being Eliminated

GPS tracking: Upgrading to the next level

The reality is that technological advances have been happening quite rapidly over the years. People used to be amazed by their children making mud pies in the backyard for fun, but now they see them connecting wirelessly via the internet for entertainment. Likewise, business owners who used to rely on manual forms of operation have succumbed to the efficient ways of GPS tracking. These devices, too, have changed over the years, but in the last 10 years users of the 2G network have been quite fortunate to have received service from the same GPS tracking devices. We’ve talked about 3G network before in order to help you with upgrading to the next level, but this time we’re mentioning it, because the 2G network will soon be disappearing for good.

The previous posts talking about upgrading to the 3G network were merely suggestive to ensure faster speeds and better connectivity for your GPS tracking devices. Today, it’s important to note that 2G network will no longer exist by December 31, 2016. Our staff, at US Fleet Tracking, wants to stress to our customers that the decision to do away with the 2G network was not our own. The carrier company, AT&T, has made the decision to shut down all 2G networks in an effort to free up valuable spectrum and provide increased speed and capacity using more adequate cellular technologies.

US Fleet Tracking is committed to providing technical support in this time of transition. The serial numbers of all customer devices are gathered and by entering in your information the system can tell you which specific devices are 2G and should be upgraded before the AT&T 2G shutdown date. If you are a US Fleet Tracking customer and you aren’t certain as to whether your device is 2G or 3G, then you may enter your serial number by clicking here.

If you’d like to see our selection of new 3G GPS tracking devices, please click here.