AT&T turned off its 2G network on January 1st; spectrum will be used to expand 4G LTE capacity

AT&T turned off its 2G network on January 1st; spectrum will be used to expand 4G LTE capacity
Just announced on Monday, AT&T greeted the new year by shutting down its 2G network. So much has taken place in the wireless industry since AT&T launched the network. Since 2007, data use on AT&T's network has grown an astonishing 250,000% led by video streaming. 2007, of course, was the year that the Apple iPhone first launched as an exclusive on AT&T. The carrier first announced that it was going to shut down its 2G pipeline more than four years ago.

The nation's second largest carrier says that it will use the spectrum over the next few months to expand its LTE network. Eventually, some of it will be used for future technologies including 5G service. Currently, AT&T's 3G and 4G LTE signal cover 99% of the U.S. population. Adding the spectrum to its 4G LTE network will allow AT&T to carry more traffic without purchasing additional capacity.

Over the more than four years that has passed since AT&T first announced its plans to close the 2G network, the carrier used various techniques in order to help subscribers migrate to 4G and prevent them from being stranded. To accomplish this, AT&T gave away devices and offered discounts to certain customers. Subscribers making the jump from 2G to 4G LTE will get to experience faster data speeds, and will benefit from smoother video streams.

source: AT&T via Phonescoop



1. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Sooo I guess my grandma is middle of nowhere Santa Rosa now has no service? Att is Edge their only . No wonder she don't answer her phone , Guess she gonna have to get T-Mobile or Verizon which have Lte in that area.

2. Droid773

Posts: 49; Member since: Dec 22, 2012

Isn't edge and 3g only for internet?

4. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Edge and 3G hspa is for internet and calls . But we're she is its only edge . So guess her phone doesn't work now ,, to get 3G she has to travel to the next town. T-Mobile and Verizon have Lte in her area so she's probably gonna switch.

3. palmguy

Posts: 982; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

All of their 2G? I use Cricket which uses their network. My data speeds is "2G" after I exceed the plan. So I'm on a slooow 3G?

5. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

I was just looking at the ATT Coverage map and they may have shut down there 2G network, there is still Partnered 2G listed. I drive down I90 from La Crosse, WI to Madison, WI for work. There are a few sections in which my ATT phone drops to Edge. Coverage map lists it at Partnered 2G now.

7. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Dont know and the only way is wait and see.

8. niteiknight

Posts: 77; Member since: Aug 02, 2012

The 2G shutdown won't affect that. You'll still be on 3G or better when they slow down your speeds. They'll just be 2G-like.

6. sissy246

Posts: 7112; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

So I have shared family plan with 10 gb of data, after we used the 10 it would go to the 2gb data unlimited, I wonder how that will work now..

9. civicsr2cool

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

If they could enable VOLTE on cricket thatd be great

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