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AT&T shutting down its 2G network by 2017

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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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posted on 06 Aug 2012, 03:54 2

1. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 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

posted on 06 Aug 2012, 10:15 2

2. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)

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

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 15:19

4. The_Innovation (Posts: 631; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)

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

posted on 06 Aug 2012, 22:32

3. Forsaken77 (Posts: 553; Member since: 09 Jun 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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