Are you prepared for the next sunset? Companies across the United States are beginning to sunset their 2G and 3G networks in favor of 4G and Long-Term Evolution (LTE) technologies. Verizon has announced that it will cease to support 3G devices on its network after December 2019, T-Mobile one year later and Sprint a year after that. With the new sunset approaching, now is an great time to talk to your customers about a system upgrade and new features that are available.
WHIRC can help you take an old system and make it new again with interactive services through SecureNet, AlarmNet, Telguard, Uplink, or any third-party provider that we are integrated with. This will update the functionality of the system to be able to use apps and additional features without updating the whole system.
A study by Parks Associates noted that only 23 percent of current security subscribers have an integrated smart home device. By switching your customers to interactive services, you can maintain and grow your customer base. This happens because interactive products make the customer sticky to the dealer as customers will come to depend on this technology that they will use every day. These add-on products are also key to driving new recurring monthly revenue.
This year, one of WHIRC's goals is to get our dealers ahead of the sunset and help them prepare. We are doing this by implementing new technology like SecureNet, which is a more universal platform to transition older systems into a more interactive system. WHIRC is fully integrated with most third-party communication vendors.
At WHIRC, we work with distributors and manufacturers to ensure pricing competitiveness. As a WHIRC partner, you receive discounts from distributors. If your customers do have to replace gear due to the sunset, you can take advantage of our partner pricing and get it at a discounted rate. You may choose to pass those savings along to your customers as a further incentive to move them to an interactive system.