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AT&T to Sunset 2G Network by 2017

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Aug 3, 2012, 3:13 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

AT&T plans to shutter its GSM and EDGE wireless networks by 2017. The information, which comes from an SEC filing made by AT&T, reveals that only 12% of the company's current subscribers are using 2G-only devices. AT&T believes it can coax those users to switch to more advanced devices that use its 3G or 4G networks between now and 2017. The company doesn't expect the transition will present any problems. AT&T will refarm its 2G spectrum for use with faster networks.

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Aug 3, 2012, 3:49 PM

Sunset 2G

I find it ironic that AT&T wants to sunset 2G to move people to 3G or 4G, neither of which we have in North Idaho, 2G or Edge is as good as it gets, we can't upgrade to something we don't have! Rolling Eyes
They are planning to upgrade all towers to at least 3G before they sunset 2G. So North Idaho will get 3G by 2017 anotherwards.
It's five years away. It's safe to assume that you will have 3G (if not 4G) by then.
Ummm.... Were talking 5 years here.... So what you have today is irrelevant...
Makes me laugh. All towers should already have 3g by now. Pretty sad....
People won't have their 2G phones by 2017 anymore. Their phones/batteries will be worn out and AT&T won't provide accessories for their 2G devices. They will get customers switched over simply through attrition. I know most all network operators s...
Everywhere around me has 3G/4G, AT&T told me they would be upgrading the EDGE tower in July 2012...glad I didn't hold my breath waiting

Aug 6, 2012, 6:58 PM


Where will I get my speaker interference then?

Aug 5, 2012, 9:58 PM

Don't know what's involved but my hats off to tower workers!

Yeah, that guy is an idiot who is violating every safety regulation on the planet as well as basic common sense...all it would take is for his hand to slip and while he is plummeting to his death he'll be thinking about how stupid he was to not just t...
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