Why? From what I have heard the new cards will be going out for about the next 5 months or so. Generally, channel 998 shows up just a few weeks before the card comes in the mail but I do know people that got their new card BEFORE channel 998 showed up. There really isn't any need to worry until you start getting popups saying that you need to put in a new smart card. When you see that popup you also see a special number to call to check on your new card.