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AT&T to Sunset 2G Network by 2017

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Sunset 2G

cyclekid58

Aug 3, 2012, 3:49 PM
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
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Ken6271

Aug 3, 2012, 4:08 PM
They are planning to upgrade all towers to at least 3G before they sunset 2G. So North Idaho will get 3G by 2017 anotherwards.
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Rich Brome

Aug 3, 2012, 9:24 PM
It's five years away. It's safe to assume that you will have 3G (if not 4G) by then.
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NonBiasedRep

Aug 4, 2012, 9:46 AM
Ummm.... Were talking 5 years here.... So what you have today is irrelevant...
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forumjunkie44

Aug 4, 2012, 7:38 PM
Switch to Verizon.... Problem solved.
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wifi_guy

Aug 6, 2012, 8:51 AM
Just make sure you have deep pockets first.
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forumjunkie44

Aug 6, 2012, 9:09 AM
If you want good service you have to pay for it..
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Mark_S

Aug 6, 2012, 9:21 AM
MVNO's have good service as well. One does not have to pay out the @$$ monthly with a contract and taxes+fees because one is a cheap !@XX*&$ to pay full price for the phone. Gotta just love those subsidized handsets.
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NonBiasedRep

Aug 6, 2012, 2:01 PM
Here we go
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forumjunkie44

Aug 6, 2012, 6:03 PM
Yeah until you have to roam off network and your phone becomes a brick.
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Jarahawk

Aug 6, 2012, 7:24 PM
*Scratches head* If one goes with a reseller which gives Verizon or AT&T native coverage that is going to be fairly remote of a possibility. One does not sacrifice coverage with companies like Page Plus. One sacrifices subsidized phones and customer service.
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dlmjr

Aug 7, 2012, 1:37 PM
Yes, one does suffer as an mvno.
The company you are purchasing your service from does not control the towers you are using.

The larger carriers all relegate the non-customer traffic on their towers to bottom tier.

Taking a look at some of the mvno coverage maps you will see areas where you are sorta guaranteed voice, you might get txt sv and data is out of the question, depending on their contract with the native footprint carrier.

The major carriers will not allow some non cotract user from another carrier bump their contracted customers off a tower.

You will always be a second class citizen as an mvno customer.
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wifi_guy

Aug 6, 2012, 2:32 PM
You pay for something not sure it's good service though.
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NonBiasedRep

Aug 6, 2012, 2:02 PM
However if you could read and comprehend instead ofn trolling you would understand that there is truely no problem Rolling Eyes
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ChrisSmith2002

Aug 4, 2012, 9:52 PM
Makes me laugh. All towers should already have 3g by now. Pretty sad....
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mobilemadness

Aug 5, 2012, 12:33 AM
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 still sell 2G feature phones, so I don't see what the rush is by AT&T to get rid of 2G.
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Rich Brome

Aug 5, 2012, 2:05 PM
mobilemadness said:
... I don't see what the rush is by AT&T to get rid of 2G.


Spectrum. As data usage soars, AT&T doesn't have enough. Each technology requires its own dedicated section of spectrum. Running 2G, 3G, and 4G networks side-by-side requires a boatload of spectrum. Keeping a 2G network running when very few people use it is both expensive and hogs spectrum that could go to improving the 3G and 4G networks. Fewer (and newer) technologies are always much more efficient.

For example, lets say AT&T has 20 MHz of bandwidth to work with in a given town. They use 5 MHz for 2G, 10 MHz for 3G, and 5 MHz for 4G. (This is a gross simplification, but it makes the point, I think.)

In a couple of years...
(continues)
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gloopey1

Aug 5, 2012, 7:37 PM
...This is why Sprint must also shut down iDEN. While a few of the at&t folks are confused about their situation, the outrage in the Sprint/Nextel camp is simply unreal.

Folks, life goes on and companies must continually improve their products or risk getting left in the dust.
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Rich Brome

Aug 5, 2012, 7:50 PM
gloopey1 said:
...This is why Sprint must also shut down iDEN.

Yep.
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T Bone

Aug 5, 2012, 11:42 PM
"Frankly, five years seems like a terribly slow timeline to me."

That's the latest date for the absolute last 2G tower in the country to go offline...not the date for when it will begin....in most parts of the country that will no doubt happen a lot quicker....they already announced that the 2G network in New York will be shuttered by 2014.....
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kstudier

Aug 5, 2012, 3:39 PM
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
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dlmjr

Aug 7, 2012, 1:41 PM
2012 will probably end on Dec 31, 2012.
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