Verizon to say goodbye to 2G and 3G CDMA in 2021

Verizon to say goodbye to 2G and 3G CDMA in 2021
Were you planning on holding on to your Motorola DROID 3 forever, hoping to continue to be grandfathered into Verizon's unlimited data plan? Verizon has just given you early warning that by say, 2020, you might want to consider the Samsung Galaxy S X. The nation's largest carrier announced that it will sunset 2G and 3G CDMA in 2021. Aparna Khurjekar, Verizon's vice president of global strategy for M2M, said, "We are giving a decade worth of pre-warning." And as you can tell from her title, the early warning is more for M2M users who have to go to greater lengths to replace a network than the average consumer who merely upgrades to a new handset.

Verizon no doubt will refarm the spectrum to expand its LTE footprint. Other carriers are closing down outdated technology such as the iDEN pipeline that Sprint is closing down next year, and by 2017 AT&T will shutter its 2G GSM network. The last of the analog networks already disappeared in 2008. With spectrum scarce and LTE coverage beckoning, carriers need to eliminate rarely used spectrum and refarm it to expand its LTE coverage.

By the end of next year, Verizon's LTE service will cover its entire 3G footprint and the carrier will introduce VoLTE in 2013. Currently, calls made by Verizon customers are routed over the CDMA pipeline but Big Red will eventually have voice and data carried over its LTE network.

source: FierceWireless

UPDATE: So it turns out that a "decade worth of pre-warning" does not necessarily indicate that Verzion's 2G and 3G service will be around for exactly another 10 years. Here is an official comment on the matter: "The Verizon Wireless 2G and 3G networks will be available into the foreseeable future. Recently published dates are guidelines that we are giving customers who have to plan, fund, and transition large enterprise projects to the faster speed networks. The Verizon Wireless 2G and 3G networks will be available as long as necessary to support customers who may have mission critical projects on those networks."



1. KParks23

Posts: 734; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

hopefully by then data will be really cheep... im unlimited 4G anyway :)

14. Castanedaa99

Posts: 28; Member since: Nov 07, 2011

By then the carriers will say we're in "5G." lol

2. Mark.J.Linskiy unregistered

Oh no, but the world is ending this year. Lol, just kidding.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

And mind you, LTE as we now have it, will be 2G by then easily.

4. oldmandaddy

Posts: 64; Member since: May 01, 2010

He does not have to give ten years warning to shut down 2G and 3G, I am wishing he will shut them down when they finish 4G LTE with voLTE in 2013 and expand LTE Advance next , that's the best plan than he said above.

5. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

reasonable!!! 2021 is still a decade (minus 3) away!!

10. troutsy

Posts: 383; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

I'd check that math...

6. Izzy_V

Posts: 216; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

By 2020 we might be using the technology Japan is lol.

7. KParks23

Posts: 734; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

HAHA true we way behind

8. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Lol. They may fly on 6G. We should wakeup.

9. fanesxx

Posts: 74; Member since: May 19, 2011

Samsung Galaxy S name, wouldn't get it, but hot name

11. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Will they offer simultaneous voice, data, and text over LTE? No? Ok, moving along...

12. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

At&t already phasing out 2g and replacing it with 4g(hspa+) , little slow there verizon :p

13. HowMyDictate

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

HSPA is not 4g, regardless of the brainwashing AT&T tries to fool you.

15. oldmandaddy

Posts: 64; Member since: May 01, 2010

Conclusions , 3G sucks , phase them out now.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.