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AT&T Sunsetting 2G Services on 1900MHz

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Mar 5, 2012, 9:07 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

AT&T recently begun suggeting to some customers in the New York City metropolitan area that they upgrade from their existing 2G phones to more current 3G phones. In a letter sent to these customers, AT&T said, "Your current, older-model 2G phone might not be able to make or receive calls and you may experience degradation of your wireless service in certain areas." According to AT&T representative Mark Siegel, who spoke to MarketWatch, AT&T eventually plans to cease offering 2G services on its 1900MHz spectrum so that it can use that spectrum for other services. For the moment, Siegel said the program is voluntary. AT&T did not say exactly when it will stop offering 2G services in the 1900MHz band, but said that it is supporting the 2G network for the time being and that the majority of its customers will be unaffected by this eventual chage. AT&T recently lost its $39.5 billion bid to acquire rival T-Mobile USA, whose spectrum it planned to use to augment its LTE 4G network. AT&T has since begun seeking spectrum from alternate sources.

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cyclekid58

Mar 5, 2012, 12:44 PM

Upgrade towers

There are areas that do not even have 3G, let alone 4G. People are forced to run on 2G Edge service, hope they get upgraded towers or bye bye service. North Idaho!
Only 2g only phones are effected because they are changing the service of 1900 from 2g to 4g in New York not all towers or that's how other articles read.
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Hopefully, they do have a good game plan and upgrading their entire network to at least 3G. I realize that they can't nust throw up towers all over the place but, most certainly can look into boosting the signal of those towers. But, that is easier sa...
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vedelorme

Mar 5, 2012, 1:59 PM

Seriously!!!

Seriously!!! After this and the previous announcement of lowering data cap, the extremely high prices, the poor customer service.... how can anyone remain an at&t customer. Can anyone answer this for me?
I know, this is some outrageously outrageous outrage! Like when Nintendo decided they weren't going to sell the NES anymore and instead decided to try to force me to buy a Super Nintendo! Surprised They should never have done that, rather they should have...
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vedelorme said:
Seriously!!! After this and the previous announcement of lowering data cap, the extremely high prices, the poor customer service.... how can anyone remain an at&t customer. Can anyone answer this for me?(continues)
Why do you think this is a bad thing?

There's only so much spectrum. The 3G/4G networks are nearing capacity. The 2G networks are inefficient and taking up valuable spectrum. Be refarming that spectrum for 3G and 4G, everyone is upgraded to a bette...
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