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Operators are shutting down 3G networks to make room for 5G. Hundreds of car models will be affected

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Telecom operators around the world are starting to shut down 3G networks to make room in the radio spectrum for 5G networks. This transition will affect not only very old phones and tablets, but also hundreds of car models, including newer ones.

Several manufacturers, including Toyota, Audi, BMW and Porsche, have posted advertisements on their websites warning their customers about this. For example, the Audi A3 models produced between 2013 and 2016 will lose, in several markets, access to services such as: Google Voice Search, Weather, information about flights or parking. This data was obtained through 3G mobile networks.

We present, below, the lists of car models, from popular manufacturers in Romania, which will be affected by the closure of 3G networks in the US. It is very possible that the hardware included in the European versions will be identical.

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VOLKSWAGEN

2014-2019 Volkswagen Passat
2014-2019 Volkswagen Jetta
2014-2016 Volkswagen Eos
2014-2019 Volkswagen Tiguan
2014-2019 Volkswagen Beetle
2018-2019 Volkswagen Atlas
2018-2019 Volkswagen Arteon
2014-2019 Volkswagen Golf R
2014-2019 Volkswagen Golf
2014-2019 Volkswagen eGolf
2014-2019 Volkswagen GTI
2014-2019 Volkswagen Golf Sportswagen
2014-2018 Volkswagen CC

TOYOTA

2011-2017 Toyota Sienna
2012-2016 Toyota Prius v
2013-2018 Toyota Avalon / HV
2012-2014 Toyota RAV4 EV
2012-2015 Toyota Prius Plug-in
2013-2017 Toyota Camry / HV
2016-2017 Toyota Mirai
2010-2016 Toyota Prius
2014-2018 Toyota Highlander / HV
2011-2017 Toyota Land Cruiser
2010-2019 Toyota 4Runner

hearing

2014-2016 Audi A3
2016-2018 Audi A3 e-Tron
2013-2015 Audi A4 allroad, Audi A5 allroad, & Audi Q5 allroad
2016 Audi A4 allroad
2017-2018: Audi A4 allroad
2016-2017 Audi A5
2018 Audi A5
2012-2015 Audi A6, Audi A7, Audi A8, Audi Q3, Audi Q7
2016-2017 Audi A8, Audi Q5
2018 Audi A8
2015-2018 Audi Q3
2018 Audi Q5
2016 Audi Q7
2017-2018 Audi Q7
2019 Audi RS 5

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BMW announced that some models produced by the company will be affected by the shutdown of 3G networks, but did not say which.

HONDA

2018-2020 Touring Accord
2018-2020 Odyssey Touring & Elite
2019-2020 Insight Touring
2019-2022 Pilot Touring, Elite and Black Edition
2019-2021 Passport Touring & Elite

PORSCHE

2017-2019 Porsche 911
2015-2019 Porsche Cayenne
2017-2018 Porsche Macan
2017-2021 Porsche 718
2014-2018 Porsche Panamera
2014 Porsche 918 Spyder

Other brands that have announced that they are affected by the closure of 3G networks are: Nissan, Acura, Volvo, Lexus and Tesla.

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