August 09, 2017
PLUG N TRACK UNAFFECTED BY CDMA SHUTDOWNS
Written by Devon Tamagi
Most cellular carriers have actively transitioned their networks to the more evolved GSM standard, building out networks that support HSPA and LTE, which incorporate SIM cards for easy device switching and billing. Currently, Telus, Bell, and Verizon are in the process of replacing the remainder of their legacy CDMA networks to the newer, faster and more reliable wireless network standard. Trouble is they also have to transition their customers still using CDMA only devices.
For the most part, smartphone customers have already made the transition. There are certainly exceptions, but more of an issue is in the space of some slow-speed machine-to-machine (M2M) applications, such as remote water meters and yes, GPS tracking devices. Unlike smartphones that are typically upgraded in increments of less than 3-years, these M2M devices tend to have longer lifespans.
IS YOUR FLEET AFFECTED
For those using Plug N Track GPS devices, there is no need to worry. All Plug N Track devices utilize modern GSM network infrastructure and will be unaffected by the systematic CDMA shutdown. If your provider has told you that you’ll need to upgrade your hardware or you’re concerned your tracking equipment doesn’t meet the new standard, check out the new standard, Plug N Track GPS.
For those whose fleets have been left out in the cold, contact us. We can help!