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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — It’s time for a cell phone upgrade. Or at least it could be, according to the South Dakota Public Utility Commission (PUC).
The reason for this is the phasing out of 3G networks by all major mobile carriers, including AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. This will be happening in 2022, and PUC Chairman Chris Nelson wants South Dakotans to be ready.
“The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) along with the three major cell carriers have announced that over the course of 2022 they will be phasing out 3G cellular service across the country,” said Nelson. “Part of the reason for that is that as they put new and faster radios on the cell towers across the country — they’re needing to phase out some of the older technology, which is the 3G.”
Nelson explained that if you have an older cell phone that only operates on 3G, you should contact your mobile carrier and upgrade to a newer phone.
“My elderly mother has a flip phone; one that she’s had for many years. She dearly loves her flip phone, but when we researched it, we found that it is indeed a 3G flip phone. We worked with her carrier to a brand new flip phone, but one that is going to be 4G compliant,” Nelson said.
There is no firm cut-off date for what age of phones are too old to continue to function once 3G is phased out, but Nelson says that in many cases it will be flip-phones and even some of the older smart phones which were among the first to operate on 4G that will be affected.
Nelson says that it’s important to reach out to you provider, and that some are even offering upgrades for free to newer phones in order to help people transition.
“If you think you might have a 3G phone, go ahead and contact your carrier and find out,” he said.
If your phone operates on 4G, Nelson says it will depend on the age of the technology to determine if it will still work.
“There are various types of 4G technology,” he said. “The latest 4G technology will continue to work for a long time to come. It was some of the very, very earliest 4G technology that is probably going to be phased out along with 3G.”
The reason behind the need to phase out 3G is due to demand, according to Nelson.
“[Smartphone users] continue to use more and more data on those smartphones every year, and that means that the cell network has a lot more traffic across it this year than it did last year, and it’ll have a whole lot more next year than it did this year,” Nelson said.
To keep up with the increase in demand, Nelson says these carriers are upgrading from 3G to newer versions of 4G and 5G. “That’s causing some of this transition,” he said. “The companies are already doing this — putting the new radios up in order to handle the capacity that’s needed for the amount of data traffic that we all generate.”
If you’re looking for resources to help you understand the transition up to a newer 4G or 5G compatible device, Nelson recommends checking out the FCC website.
While cell phones are the main devices that will be affected by the transition away from 3G, Nelson says any device that communicates with the cell network could be affected. Among these he lists alarm systems and medical devices, and he recommends checking to make sure they are 4G compliant.
While this move may be concerning for some who have grown comfortable with their old flip phone and who may be reticent to upgrade to a smartphone, Nelson again recommends reaching out to your provider.
“We just want to make sure that South Dakotans are aware of this and are prepared for it,” he said. “Get those change overs to newer phones done sooner rather than later so that we don’t have an issues of folks being out of cell service when those transitions occur next year.”
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BROOKINGS, S.D. (KELO) — The SDSU women’s basketball team picked up a 77-60 win over NDSU at Frost Arena in Brookings on Thursday, December 30.
SDSU was led by Myah Selland who tallied a team high 12 points and five rebounds. Tylee Irwin added 12 points and four assists, while Paige Meyer collected 11 points and Tori Nelson nine.
VERMILLION, S.D. (USD) —South Dakota seniors Hannah Sjerven and Liv Korngable led a balanced Coyote attack in an 85-46 win over North Dakota on Thursday night inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center. South Dakota (10-4, 3-0) won its eighth-straight game and its 32nd consecutive home league game, extending its Summit record. “Our defensive intensity tonight allowed our offense to get in rhythm,” said USD head coach Dawn Plitzuweit. “We were then able to score from both the perimeter and the paint as the game went on. “We hope to see Coyote nation on New Year’s Day as we take on NDSU in the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.” Sjerven tallied her 27th career double-double with 18 points and 10 boards, while Korngable added 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Sjerven surpassed Coyote alumna Allison Arens (2015-19) for 10th on USD’s career scoring charts in the first quarter of the game. North Dakota (6-7, 0-2) had three players in double-figures, led by Claire Orth’s 13 points. Kacie Borowicz tallied 11 points on 4-of-18 shooting, while Jolene Daninger had 10 points and a team-high seven boards. The Coyotes scored 17 unanswered points midway through the first quarter to jump out to a 23-7 lead. South Dakota held onto the scoring margin and continued to extend it throughout the second half. South Dakota shot at a 53.2 percent (33-of-62) clip and knocked down 11-of-26 (42.3 percent) from behind the arc. It tied South Dakota’s season-high for 3-pointers made in a game. In addition, USD outscored the Fighting Hawks 36-16 in the paint. North Dakota made 18-of-57 (31.6 percent) from the floor and 3-of-18 (16.7 percent) behind the arc. Seven different players scored a 3-pointer in the game and 12 different players contributed to the scoring column. Second-year freshman Kyah Watson tallied nine points by making 3-of-3 from deep. Freshman Grace Larkins added eight points and both fifth-year senior Chloe Lamb and second-year freshman Maddie Krull had seven. South Dakota returns to the court at 1 p.m. Saturday to host North Dakota State inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.
FARGO, N.D. (SDSU)—South Dakota State fought through foul trouble to win a physical conference game against North Dakota State on Thursday night, winning 90-86 in Scheels Center.
Five Jackrabbits finished in double figures, led by Baylor Scheierman’s 22 points and seven rebounds. Luke Appel scored a career-high 20 points and Douglas Wilson finished with 14. Matt Mims had 13 points on the night, highlighted by perfect 3-of-3 shooting from behind the arc and Zeke Mayo had 11.
SDSU (12-4, 3-0 Summit League) shot 60.3 percent from the field and 76.5 percent from the free throw line. The Jackrabbits had 33 points off the bench and finished with 52 points in the paint.
NDSU was led by Sam Griesel, who had 25 points on the night, and Rocky Kreuser, who finished with 17.
The first half started off slow for the Jacks, as NDSU (9-5, 1-1 Summit League) made their first four 3-point shot attempts and jumped out to an 18-8 lead. SDSU cut down the margin and soon took the lead 32-30 at the 5:40 mark, which was a lead they would never lose.
A 11-0 run by the Jacks, led by eight points from Appel, helped increase the lead for SDSU, who took a 48-37 lead into the locker room.
Despite foul trouble, Jackrabbit dominance continued into the second half, as SDSU made their first nine shot attempts and soon led by 20 at the 13:39 mark. But then NDSU came climbing back, trading baskets with SDSU and putting together scoring runs that minimized the lead.
After plenty of back-and-forth, SDSU and NDSU became tied with 41 seconds left in the half on a second-chance layup from Kreuser. Wilson then received the inbound with six seconds on the shot clock before rocking the rim with an emphatic dunk and taking the lead.
The win was solidified on a block by Wilson and two game-ending free throws from Matt Mims.
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