This comes as 5G becomes the standard for devices.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It might be time to retire your old phone.

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The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) is urging residents with older cell phones to prepare for the phase out of 3G cellular networks and service this year.

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Major carriers are retiring their 3G networks this year to accommodate the more advanced 5G networks.

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The agency says you should contact their service providers to find out if their phones will continue to work after the shutdown and to upgrade if they don’t.