Several mobile carriers have recently announced that they plan to phase out 3G cellular networks as early as January 1, 2022. AT&T specifically announced that it would finish shutting down its 3G network in February 2022. As Cricket Wireless, an AT&T subsidiary, also uses AT&T networks, AT&T’s actions regarding its network also affect Cricket Wireless’ phones.
Affected models appear to include some unlocked Samsung Galaxy models, as well as the Nokia 83
AT&T put out a list of “whitelisted” phones that it represented would continue to work beyond the 3G phaseout, yet some models on the whitelist do not work. Same thing seems to be happening with Cricket Wireless. Consumers may have a claim for false advertising, insofar as they were led to believe that their phones would continue to work , and that did not happen.
A somewhat similar lawsuit was filed against Apple in 2016 regarding a software update that rendered some phones inoperable.