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Verizon: 2021 CDMA Shutoff Date Simply a 'Guideline'

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Oct 11, 2012, 11:10 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Verizon Wireless today clarified statements made by an employee about its CDMA network. Speaking to FierceWireless on Wednesday, Verizon's VP of M2M Global Strategy Aparna Khurjekar said Verizon plans to sunset its 2G/3G CDMA network by 2021. However, this is not a solid date. "The date Aparna referenced while talking to you is a guideline that we are providing customers who have to plan, fund and transition large enterprise projects to the faster speed networks," said Verizon spokesperson Brenda Raney on Thursday. "The Verizon Wireless 2G and 3G networks will be available as long as necessary to support customers who may have mission critical projects on those networks. We haven't made a sunset decision like our competitors." Verizon does want to continue to move customers from its CDMA network to its LTE network, but understands that the transition will take many years.

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T Bone

Oct 11, 2012, 11:17 AM

2021?

That's.....extremely conservative.....they don't plan to have everyone converted to LTE for 9 more years?
agreed. This seems like a far off date. I guess there are always stragglers but 9 years is a long time...
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Right. There are plenty of customers (like my mom) who will never see a 4G handset. I remember how people held onto those Nokia 5165s until the very end.
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The OnStar system built into most GM cars uses Verizon CDMA. Most people don't replace their cars as often as their phones.
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Enterprise and government contracts. It's easy to kick off individual users.
Tofuchong

Oct 12, 2012, 12:25 PM

Guideline ?

The exact quote is:

"The date Aparna referenced while talking to you is a guideline that we are providing customers who have to plan, fund and transition large enterprise projects to the faster speed networks,"

Okay, so, you are trying to imply that Aparna referenced a date that is either A) Not True or B) True, however, based on your exact quote, there's a possibility that this "Guideline" is untrue, which would mean that it is Meaningless, so therefore, you are lying to your Largest business customers ? Could you be any more unclear about this?

Verizon: WHY YOU NO JUST TELL DATE???
It would be silly to give an exact date when one doesn't have to. No one is on a greater than two year contract. As long as Verizon honors those contract they are good, *Groan* Defending Evil Red really makes me ill. I need an Alka Seltzer.
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Jarahawk

Oct 11, 2012, 4:09 PM

He's Dead Jim.

That poor dude will be let go by Christmas.
Damn it Jim, I'm a Doctor, Not a corporate spokesperson!
Jarahawk

Oct 11, 2012, 4:10 PM

No surprise.

Verizon has always said that they would keep 1x running until 2020.
Its business if it don't make money its gone.
 
 
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