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GPS is moving from 3G to 4G

GPS is moving from 3G to 4G

3G to 4G Resource Center

Upgrade now to avoid disruption in usage.

Have you started noticing slower speeds in some of your iOT devices and GPS solutions? If you have, you’re not alone. The 3G sunset has already taken effect and significant network degradation is already being experienced in various regions.

Sunset dates vary by carrier and by region, but it’s recommended that you update any 3G devices by the end of 2021 in order to not lose service. There are variety of common challenges when transitioning devices including:

  • lack of expertise
  • lack of collaboration between vendor and customer
  • scaling issues
  • budget issues
  • lack of planning / project management
  • security risks

Not sure where to begin? Talk to a DCCI Telematics Expert for one-on-one guidance.

Call us at 334-780-1112 or fill out the form to get started.

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Your DCCI representative will:

  • Review the makeup of your fleet
  • Make recommendations for an upgrade
  • Help you archive existing data
  • Partner with you to plan for installations


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Not ready to speak to someone yet?

That's okay.  We have all the information you need below.  We can show you the procees, answer questions, and give you the resources you need to make the change. When you are ready, reach out and you'll be prepared to make the move.

3G to 4G FAQ'sDownload Here

4G 6 steps to make a change6 Steps to Upgrade
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$g ChecklistUpgrade Checklist
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Fleet Audit

This will help figure out what you currently have and what you will need.

Fleet Audit Worksheet
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Upgrading to 4G: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When will the 3G networks be shut down?
Sunset dates vary by carrier and by region, but all 3G networks are expected to be shut down by the end of 2022.  T-Mobile/Sprint is anticipating being completely shut down by December 2021, AT&T February 2022, and Verizon by December 2022.  It’s important to note that carriers are decommissioning parts of their 3G network prior to the final shutdown date and significant network degradation is already being experienced in various regions.

Why do I need to plan now?
Significant network degradation is already being experienced in various regions. Avoid disruption in usage. This is especially important for compliance and ELD. Upgrade now to get improved coverage areas and faster network speeds. Avoid a potential inventory shortage and rushed installations. Don’t wait until the last minute.

I haven’t budgeted for the migration. What are my options?
Not upgrading to 4G can be a huge financial risk. If you haven’t budgeted for the migration, determine how much money you would lose by not making the transition. Present the financial plan to management and ask for the money. Additionally, Spireon has leasing options with no cap ex / $0 down models (and $0 down plans for existing customers) to help lighten your financial burden.

How long does the migration process take?
The migration process will vary depending on your fleet / trailer size. A small to medium size fleet can take as little as a few weeks. Whereas a larger fleet can take months for a full transition.

How do I know if I have a 3G or 4G device?
As an existing customer, Spireon has your device makeup, and we’re able to help you understand your inventory. If you are new to Spireon, your telematics provider(s) should be able to help you understand your inventory.

Why should I invest in 4G LTE?
4G LTE is a proven technology that provides faster performance and better coverage than 3G. 4G LTE networks are expected to operate at least through approximately 2030. You can leverage the benefits of 4G devices and have confidence that they will continue to be supported for many years into the future.

Benefits of equipment financing and leasing

Equipment financing is beneficial for business owners because it gives them the opportunity to obtain the most effective and useful equipment without the ridiculous up-front payments for the entire equipment cost. There are several benefits of equipment financing for business owners, including the increase in working capital, the ability to utilize the best equipment, the tax benefits associated with equipment financing, freeing up other lines of credit, and the easy application process.

1. It can increase your working capital
One clear benefit of equipment financing is the increase in working capital that is available when a business decides to utilize equipment financing rather than large up-front equipment purchases. 

2. It helps you keep up-to-date with the best equipment
One restriction that prevents many business owners from attaining the equipment necessary for the job is cost – new, state-of-the-art equipment is not cheap, and not all business owners can afford the newest equipment. Equipment financing gives business owners the option to acquire the tools needed without the blow to working capital.

3. There are tax benefits for equipment financing
Another benefit of equipment financing is the tax benefit. Smart business owners know how to use tax breaks to their advantage, and it is important to build strong relationships with tax professionals in order to capitalize on all of the possible benefits. There are even bigger tax benefits with equipment leases, specifically – for most lease program terms, the business owner can write off the entire lease payment as a business expense, not just the interest paid. This means that over the course of the financing terms, with equipment leasing, the entire amount paid for the equipment can be written off by deducting the monthly lease payments on the annual tax report. Check with your tax professional to learn more.

4. It can free up other lines of credit
Another benefit to using equipment financing is that it frees up other lines of credit. Instead of using a business term loan to apply for funds that will be used for new equipment purchases, business owners that utilize equipment financing for their equipment expenses will still have other credit lines open.