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Mon, Dec 20, 2021 6:32 PM

4G S8 to be disconnected with 3G shutdown - here is what you can do

If you own a Samsung S8 starting with model number G955U or G950U, and you have received a text/letter from AT&T saying they will disconnect you in February for using a 3G phone, take note.

FIRST: Your phone is 4G and should is supported. Samsung has confirmed this for me and showed me an AT&T web page that doubly confirms it (see https://www.att.com/device-support/article/wireless/KM1273778/Samsung/SamsungG955U/).

SECOND: AT&T is ignoring complaints about unilaterally disconnecting 4G phones under the guise of dropping 3G service. Some are speculating that AT&T is railroading you into upgrading your phone when it is not necessary.

THIRD: You should make your concerns heard by the following interested parties:

SAMSUNG: They should be concerned that AT&T is misinforming customers about Samsung product capabilities. Here is a shortcut to voicing your concern https://www.samsung.com/us/support/contact/?model=N0022597&topic=SYM0000442

FTC: Since AT&T is providing customers fraudulent information, telling the Federal Trade Commission about it will get a response. Visit https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/#/form/main?pid=B

FCC: Since AT&T rents the public airwaves, and since the FCC has many consumer protection rules, they too should be made aware at https://consumercomplaints.fcc.gov/hc/en-us/requests/new?ticket_form_id=39744

Be sure to note that (a) you have a 4G phone, (b) AT&T is incorrectly identifying it as 3G and (c) is preparing to kill your service in February (and maybe scaring you into upgrading).

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What about Samsung a515F? Otherwise identical to A51. Seems to be some Latin American model (which I did not realize when I bought it). But it's new and works fine. I activated it about a year ago and should have been warned then. I knew nothing about this until November. I don't want a new phone e from tracfone. A) their phones are outdated garbage and B) my phone is almost new.

ACE - Sage

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9分前

Sorry if I posted more than once. I could not find my original comment. It looked like my comment did not post.

I am now beginning to realize that the Microcenter -- which sold me this bogus counterfeit phone -- is the real villain here. I mean, I feel like, relatively speaking, I am on top of this stuff. I guarantee you, there are suckers out there dumber than me who still do not understand how they could buy a phone and have it be obsolete in a year, despite it seeming like a new model.

Yes, I did notice after I activated it that the temperatures were in celsius, and the keyboard had a tilda, but that did not bother me much. Little did I know that I was being ripped off.

I am so upset that I think there needs to be a (Edited per community guidelines) (Edited per community guidelines) in place against somebody. Personally, I do not know why they do not just whitelist this model. So what if it is from Latin America?

I am tempted to see if it will just work anyway after the deadline. IUf not, I am going to smash it with a hammer, box it up, and send it to Tracfone or AT&T.

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Anyone who says that it is our choice to use a "dinosaur phone" is way off base. My phone was brand spanking new for a mid range item and you would have to have been an insider to know that this 3G takedown was happening. And even if you knew, we were misled into believing our devices were in fact 4G.

The whole thing stinks to high heaven and there really should be a (Edited per community guidelines) (Edited per community guidelines), offering to replace my $300 device with a $30 device and telling me I should just buy a new phone.

And I was doubly duped  because I activitated this phone about a year ago when it was "common knowledge" that it would be obsolete. This phone (a sneaky latin American version of an A51) was fobbed off on me. How on earth would anyone who does not spend all their time thinking about all this stuff be aware of this?

I say they should whitelist this device since it is almost identical (superior to) to an earlier model (the A50). Yes I am furious and I doubt I will ever shop Microcenter again. As far as the phones go, they all (Edited per community guidelines).

And yes, I know you probably don't care because you think you have us over a barrell. But I will complain long and loud.

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GLIMMERMAN76

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9分前

It's not a counterfeit phone.  It was not made for the use market.

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Well, it should not have been sold here if it was slated to stop working in a little over a year. It is actually a decent phone, but not if I cannot use it and basically have to chuck it in the garbage after light use. 

ACE - Sage

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@Mothra67

I'm going to be blunt, not to be rude: if you are not tech Savvy enough to know what you are buying, then do not buy a phone on your own from a third-party. Someone who does not know the difference shoe to only buy a phone directly from the carrier or from Apple here in the USA.   

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9分前

What difference would be detectable by anyone other than whoever built the thing. And yes you are rude because am a lot more knowledgeable than most people. So (Edited per community guidelines).

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Fl_retire

ACE - Professor

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9分前

@Mothra67 You are is the same situation that some  tourists will be in when they arrive with similar phones without VoLTE HD voice. 

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9分前

The $64K question is when are the underwhelming "similar" phones arriving? With 18 days left before February (the hopelessly vague description AT&T provided for the end of 3G), I have (a) not seen one or (b) received notice of when to expect it.

GLIMMERMAN76

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9分前

You may not get one.  They did not send them to everyone.

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Thanks GLIMMERMAN76, but the AT&T letter sitting on my desk says they are sending one. Just ZERO details about when, and I had to beat it out of AT&T what substandard "similar" phone they intended to send.

ACE - Sage

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@Mothra67   well I won't apologize for blunt again.   You in fact did not know what you were doing, or you woukd have bought a US model, by its model number.  

GLIMMERMAN76

ACE - Expert

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@guyshomenet2 

I would not wait for Att..  I would just go buy the phone you want.

Fl_retire

ACE - Professor

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9分前

@Mothra67 US Samsung models since the S5 have had the capability for HD Voice and VoLTE. Apple deployed an IOS update to enable my old iPhone 6 to have HD Voice and VOLTE. 

https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/enable-hd-voice-iphone/



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