3G Is Shutting Down. I Brought My iPhone 4 Back to Life to Say Goodbye. | WSJ

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Starting in February, U.S. cellular carriers will begin to shut down 3G. WSJ’s Joanna Stern got an old iPhone 3G and iPhone 4 working on the old network, in order to remember all it did to shape the smartphone revolution. Photo illustration: Preston Jessee for The Wall Street Journal

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20 comments

Neil Fordan January 15, 2022 - 10:38 AM

Here we are still stuck with 2g calling and texting ugh

northencail2099 January 15, 2022 - 10:39 AM

I liked this video to see old tech still working

dotnick commaone January 15, 2022 - 10:48 AM

some correction:iOS 5.1 was from early 2012,not 2010
otherwise,I'm quite surprised that you guys kept iPhones on older iOS versions,perhaps can you fix the old WSJ app?lol

Jabari Perez January 15, 2022 - 11:20 AM

On my XS I use 3G alot because I get full bars on 3g compared to 1 bar on LTE

Shubhanshu Jain January 15, 2022 - 11:29 AM

We all know what 5G is really about. You may laugh and censor us but we will keep talking about it!

Joe Mike January 15, 2022 - 11:31 AM

why the iphone why not samsung they had 3g support to

Kwan Seung Lee January 15, 2022 - 11:56 AM

This is an absolutely appropriate YouTube clip for an Apple fangirl's individual YouTube Channel reminiscing the old iPhones. Does this have to be through the WSJ? What information does this deliver?

Kathy Erickson January 15, 2022 - 11:57 AM

Worthy journey…better you than me. Always love your videos!

VOLT GAMING January 15, 2022 - 12:12 PM

The 3G is already dead where I go I was surprised when my old iPhone didn’t work

Rohan Paranjape January 15, 2022 - 12:23 PM

Joke's on you, Everything from 2G – 5G Still works in some parts in India

jetscreamer212 January 15, 2022 - 12:57 PM

4G LTE is next.

Nayoko Kho January 15, 2022 - 1:03 PM

6G is about to enter China soon while US is just about to embrace 5G?

Reply to what I wrote, not to what you assumed January 15, 2022 - 1:32 PM

I repurpose 10-year-old computers for a home server and guest room PC, and while they may be slower than the computer at my desk, they can still run the same modern software and apps that my main PC does because x86 platform standards don't change as drastically as phones, and both Windows and Linux have good backwards software compatibility. I wish this would become a trend with phones. If it were more practical to repurpose phones or just to keep using them for longer, it would eliminate a lot of landfill waste, manufacturing pollution, and save consumers money.

Our Tech Channel January 15, 2022 - 2:36 PM

This video is more about the iPhone vs 3G technology

Cyka January 15, 2022 - 2:49 PM

You holding it wrong 😇

Katie McQueen January 15, 2022 - 3:48 PM

From my own point of view, you need to invest smartly, if you need the good things of life. so far i've made over $505k in raw profits from just q4 of the market from my diversified portfolio strategy and i believe anyone can do it you have the right strategy. mutual funds takes long time but investing smartly is the key for short term. Most of us tend to pay more attention to the shiniest position in the market to the cost of proper diversification.

Terence Ayer January 15, 2022 - 4:22 PM

"The bigger donkeys you get the bigger loads will the washerman bring "…I remember using my Thuraya satellite phone(years before even iPhone released) to email from the middle of the ocean with a speed of 9.6 kbps….😂😂

Alexpx ThreeTen January 15, 2022 - 5:47 PM

Leave it to Joanna to make such a boring topic fun and interesting.

Pure Patrannas January 15, 2022 - 6:58 PM

I am retiring my smart phone – i phone 8 and not getting a new one. They are futile if the battery dies and serve no real purpose other than to turn the populace into a bunch of idiots. Will use flip phone just for calls turned off most of the time. Doing more interesting things that don't involve phones and all the slave labor and massive environmental destruction used to make the junk. There will be a colossal anti-tech movement that will crash the Nasdaq back to 3k.

Virtual IT Boy January 15, 2022 - 7:25 PM

I still love my iPhone 4. This was my first smartphone I ever owned. Now I have a S21 ultra now. The screen on this phone is bigger then the entire iPhone 4 lol