The Time is Now for 3G to 4G LTE Transition

matthew.bail@niceforyou.com | June 23, 2020

As many of you know, 3G is on its way out and there is an ongoing 3G to 4G LTE transition. While the big network carriers such as Verizon and AT&T continue to change their timelines for the sunset, we know that in the near future every 3G-based security panel installed by dealers to date will go dark. Although 3G is still being used for some data services in older devices, carriers aren’t warrantying them and they’re encouraging users to upgrade. Before you are forced to do so, you are strongly advised to upgrade all 3G-based security systems, and soon.

To help you help your customers with the 3G to 4G LTE transition, we created some new helpful resources — and we extended our rebate program!

  1. 4G LTE Advantages

You’ll want to remind your customers that upgrading to LTE is for their benefit! One of the biggest advantages your customers will realize first with 4G LTE technology is faster network and more broadband. It will give them faster Over-the-Air (OTA) programming and updating, and extended life without the need for a service. They will also experience faster home control response and faster streaming of CCTV video.

To counteract the large expense of purchasing new hardware, you can tell your customers about all the benefits of 4G LTE. For one thing, 4G LTE hardware is much more powerful and functional than 3G supporting more and burgeoning capabilities at the edge. (5G will only expand these capabilities further).

What will be most evident is 4G LTE delivers data transmissions that are up to 10 times faster than 3G. It is also more secure than older networks, utilizing stringent security protocols to safeguard privacy and that provide increased protection against hackers.

  1. New Video

We understand it may be difficult to explain to each of your customers why they need to upgrade (and before it’s too late!). We recently polled security dealers and 91 percent of respondents said they need to reach out to the end user explaining this upgrade need. We thought we’d make it easier for you – share this video via email or social! In the video, we break down why an end user needs to upgrade and all the benefits of 4G LTE!

  1. Webinar with Alarm.com

Still have questions on the 3G sunset? Alarm.com’s Sr. Partner Success Associate, Dana Fox is joining our Security Product Marketing Manager, Missy Means, to discuss all the helpful marketing resources and rebates at your fingertips as you prepare! Register here for the webinar on June 30 at 9 a.m. PDT.

  1. Rebate Program

As an added incentive, we extended our rebate program! You can earn a $15 rebate on every radio you upgrade before March 31, 2021. To start earning rebates on something you already need to do, enroll in this program today.

The sun will go down on 3G soon; make sure you are ready!

For more information on the 3G radio sunset and how we can help you, check out part 1 and part 2 of our blog series.