AT&T shutting down its 2G network by 2017

AT&T shutting down its 2G network by 2017
AT&T, the nation’s second-largest carrier, announced it will shut down its 2G wireless network completely by 2017. The reason for this lies in AT&T upgrading its systems to newer and faster technologies.

Currently, as of end-June, some 8.4 million people on AT&T use the company’s 2G services. This translates into 12% of the company’s total number of subscribers, but the carrier says it is “proactively” pushing advanced devices and the number will go down significantly by 2017.

At present, AT&T is busy deploying its 4G LTE high-speed data network to as many customers as possible. Still, the carrier relies most on its 3G network and the majority of subscribers use exactly that network.

source: AllThingsD

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4 Comments

1. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

You mean my Nokia 1208 won't work on AT&T's network by 2017??? Well, ok. I guess the featurephones of that time would be the likes of SGS2 :p By the way, goodbye to power saving 2G-mode :p

2. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Then how is my iPhone 11S supposed to work (when I get it)?

4. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Too bad. I always wanted to send hologram messages over 2G.

3. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

5 years?!! You don't need to wait that long AT&T! Technology waits for no man. 3G has been out for around 10 years, so people still using 2G should be forced to upgrade with the times or be left behind. Don't make the rest of the network users suffer because of a few cavemen stuck in the stone age.

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