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AT&T Shut Down Its 2G Network On Jan. 1

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Jan 17, 2017, 12:17 PM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Jan 17, 2017, 12:21 PM

AT&T confirmed in a blog post that it has fully retired its 2G network. The move had been in the works for years. AT&T said it helped move people with 2G equipment over to 3G/4G devices with discounts and, in some cases, free phones. "By shutting down our 2G network, this frees up more spectrum for future network technologies, including 5G," said AT&T Chief Strategy Officer John Donovan. "In the next few months, we plan to repurpose that spectrum for LTE." AT&T says the 2G shutdown will also help pave the way for the evolution of 5G.


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Charles Bigelow

Jan 17, 2017, 5:11 PM

And Verizon?

They still have phones on their 1X network only.
Yes, but CDMA is different. With GSM, UMTS was an upgrade path for both voice and data. However, EvDO only accommodates data--voice service still works on CDMA 1x. So, the only way Verizon can retire CDMA is when they can get everyone on VoLTE. I'...
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