Your ELD is obsolete!!!

Is your Electronic Logging Device (ELD) 3G?

If the answer is yes, then you need a new one.  This is because the mobile carriers are shutting down their 3G network, the reason is to make room to more advanced network services, including 5G.

As a result, older cell phones and other devices based on the 3G network will be unusable to use data services, this means that any ELDs that rely on that network won’t be able to meet the minimum requirements established by the ELD Technical Specifications, including recording all required data and transfer the output files.

In simple words, any ELD that requires 3G cellular connectivity will no longer be in compliance with the Technical Specifications.

The dates announced in the FMCSA website for the 3G networks sunset are below:

  • AT&T 3G: February 22, 2022
  • Sprint 3G (T-Mobile): March 31, 2022
  • Sprint LTE (T-Mobile): June 30, 2022
  • T-Mobile 3G: July 1, 2022
  • Verizon 3G: December 31, 2022

Note: Many other carriers, such as Cricket, Boost, Straight Talk, and several Lifeline mobile service providers, utilize the AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile networks.

OK, I have a 3G based ELD, what can I do?

First of all is to confirm whether your ELD relies on a 3G network

If you are unsure if your ELD relies on a 3G network, contact your ELD provider. If your ELD does not rely on 3G, and meets all minimum requirements, no further action is needed.

Ask your provider for their upgrade or replacement plan.

If your ELD relies on a 3G network, ask your ELD provider about their plan for upgrading or replacing your device to one that will be supported after the 3G sunset, and complete the necessary actions as soon as possible.

Source: United States Department of Transport – FMCSA