What Is Extended 3G?
Many Verizon users still use 3G, which is the third generation in wireless mobile telecommunications technology. While we now have the 4G, the 4G, and 5G technologies, some users still using old phones may not be able to access 4G, LTE, or 5G technologies.
Although 3G is now almost obsolete and most users have switched to more advanced networks, there may still be some problems for those who use 3G. Many 3G users have reported that Extended 3G is appearing at the top of their devices instead of the Usual 3G. This has been a problem since the beginning of 3G.
What is Extended 3G?
Extended 3G is often displayed in areas that Verizon doesn’t have data coverage. These areas are not within Verizon’s service area. You can avoid this problem by checking the Verizon service map first if you own a 3G phone. This should concern you if you notice extended 3G in your area.
Customer support won’t be able to help you in such situations. You will likely need to consider other options or move. If you’re a Verizon customer, and your phone shows the extended 3G icon, then you most likely are in an area without Verizon coverage. This is often the case when you travel out of the area or to another country.
Sometimes, the extended 3G icon may appear in buildings located far from areas that receive perfect Verizon signals. It is usually the building’s layout that is disrupting signals. Most shopping centers and major commercial buildings have taken technical measures to address such issues. You are unlikely to experience an extended 3G problem in any commercial building. You may experience the problem in a small house or other building with thick walls. The exact location of the problem can affect how severe it is.
Verizon 3G coverage is dependent on the area covered by the network and nearby signal towers. There are no options if you live in an area with poor coverage or no coverage. Before you buy any plan, it is a good idea to speak with the representatives of your local Verizon store. They can help you with 3G, extended 3G, and coverage issues.
It is anticipated that 3G will eventually be phased out, and existing users will have to switch to 4G or 5G networks. This is a temporary issue and will be resolved with the appropriate technology.