3 G qualcomm mandated update Jan 1, chip shortage?

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  1. feldsforever

    feldsforever Road Train Member

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    I just heard dot is mandating the 3 G elogs be updated by January 1st. Omnitracs can not get the update chip due to the shortage. So the only other option is to buy a new elog. I don't even have this one payed off yet.
     
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  3. Wasted Thyme

    Wasted Thyme Road Train Member

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    Based on what you are saying. They'll probably extend it.
     
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  4. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

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    Not really. What is happening is all the cell companies are deactivating the 3g towers next year. I don't care enough to remember who is doing it when, but they all will be gone.
    What that means is any ELD that requires 3g to function will then not work and need to be replaced.
     
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  5. RedForeman

    RedForeman Momentum Conservationist

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    Not actually turning them off. Mainly just not repairing them when they break. So a gradual loss of service vs a lights out moment. I'm sure they'll eventually shut off the ones that still work some day, but I haven't heard about a deadline for that yet.

    ETA: I'm already seeing increasing outages in remote areas with my remaining 3G unit. Already got a new 4G model to go in my new truck when it gets delivered in about 2 weeks. Once I get that one running, I'll order a new one for the other truck and be up to date for now.
     
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  6. wichris

    wichris Road Train Member

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    I have 30 of the new ones now, waiting for the rest. Qualcom said certain things will not be retained after 1/1/22 on their servers. Anyone want about $35K worth of the old ones? LOL
     
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  7. Magoo1968

    Magoo1968 Medium Load Member

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    Crazy as it sounds most elog companies are skipping 4g and going straight to 5G that ought to be interesting in remote areas lol
     
  8. feldsforever

    feldsforever Road Train Member

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    I hope not
     
  9. Midwest Trucker

    Midwest Trucker Road Train Member

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    Im concerned about his too. I guess you didn’t get any trade in for the old ones?

    I need to get this done soon.
     
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  10. wichris

    wichris Road Train Member

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    Trade in? LOL Does MS give you trade in when they discontinue a product? Like everything right now, there is a shortage.
     
  11. Midwest Trucker

    Midwest Trucker Road Train Member

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    check out this thread where I brought it up and @Dieselboss is saying that they will let you trade them in. That is why I was curious.

    What ELD do you use?
     
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