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Verizon Ceases Activating 3G Phones On Its CDMA Network

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Jul 17, 2018, 11:35 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Verizon Wireless will no longer activate 3G CDMA devices on its network as it moves towards sunsetting the legacy service. "For several years we've been publicly saying that our 3G CDMA network will remain available through the end of 2019. Virtually all traffic on our network is on our 4G LTE network," said the company in a statement provided to Droid Life. "To facilitate a smooth transition to 4G LTE capable products and services, we are no longer allowing devices that are not 4G LTE capable to be activated on our network." Verizon has previously said it will shut down its 3G network by December 31, 2019. It is common for carriers to discontinue older or outdated networks and re-farm the spectrum for newer technology. Verizon says it will launch 5G before the end of the year.

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Jul 17, 2018, 7:28 PM

End of a Legacy

Goodbye to the Verizon network we all knew and loved. Hello to garbage LTE, dropped calls, coverage gaps, and congested internet. Faster isn’t always better, especially when it isn’t always.
I've never had a dropped call using Verizon's VoLTE. T-Mobile either. Sprint's CDMA is the champion of dropped calls.
The network that I knew and loved has been gone for 10 years - Verizon's analog network. Sound quality was great in comparison to digital, and nothing could compete with it's coverage footprint. VoLTE sound quality is stellar compared to garbage 1x ...
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