Verizon will no longer activate 3G phones; network will shut down at the end of 2019

Do you remember your first 3G smartphone? For yours truly, it was the BlackBerry Storm, which was released half-baked from Verizon on November 21st, 2008. Let's say that after all these years, you want to re-activate your old Storm or BlackBerry Storm 2 (the latter was a decent phone) on the Verizon network. That will no longer be possible. A statement released today by Big Red confirms that the nation's largest carrier is no longer activating devices that do not support 4G LTE connectivity.

Verizon's decision to stop activating 3G phones is a precursor to its plan to shut down its 3G CDMA pipeline by the end of next year. At one point, there was talk of Verizon requiring 4G LTE handsets to support VoLTE and HD calls in order to be activated. Today's statement would suggest that the wireless provider continues to activate all 4G LTE capable phones.

So, do you remember your first 4G LTE smartphone? And we're being specific here. Do not include any handsets of the HSPA+ variety. The first 4G LTE yours truly had was the Motorola DROID 4; before you know it, we all will be looking back and discussing our very first 5G handsets.

source: Verizon



1. gsengillo

Posts: 45; Member since: Sep 05, 2010

Just means there service is going to get worse than it is now.


Posts: 59; Member since: May 16, 2018

Please further explain?

12. tuminatr

Posts: 1168; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

it will only improve service. They sell LTE only phones now, in fact my Pixel 2 XL is in LTE Only mode as I type. *#*#4636#*#*

25. civicsr2cool

Posts: 278; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

Their huge REM MAP is all of their 2g/3g coverage. They lack the same LTE coverage of ATT/Tmobile.

35. tuminatr

Posts: 1168; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

LOL, not true at all. Below if from Ookla speed test annual report the data suggests Verizon still has a huge advantage when you leave the metro. The majority of each carrier’s tests take place in urban areas because that’s where approximately 80% of the U.S. population lives. However, rural areas comprise about 97% of the country’s land mass, and some carriers cover that wide area more thoroughly than others. Verizon accounted for 49.0% of all samples we saw in rural areas. AT&T made up 30.5%, T-Mobile 12.1% and Sprint 8.3%. Verizon and AT&T show 29.1% and 20.2% of their total Speedtest results, respectively, occurring in rural areas. For Sprint, 16.9% of their tests are in RSAs and T-Mobile shows 11.3% of their tests in RSAs read the full report here

3. tangbunna

Posts: 491; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

iphone 3g prestine condition

5. Subie

Posts: 2427; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

My carrier shut the switch off on CDMA over a year ago and since then they have increased their service coverage. It's called, out with the old and in with the new.

13. tuminatr

Posts: 1168; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

Exactly AT&T switched off their legacy GSM 2g service in 2016

9. Allday28

Posts: 346; Member since: Nov 19, 2010

Wtf does that even mean?

19. andynaija

Posts: 1265; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

*Their Also false.

4. shnibz

Posts: 517; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

My first 4g phone was the Galaxy Nexus and its battery lasted about 27½ minutes between charges.

10. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 762; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Haha. You're not kidding. Those first-gen LTE devices had horrible battery life.

11. tuminatr

Posts: 1168; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

At least the Samsung Charge was a good name

6. Vokilam

Posts: 1380; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

So what’s going to happen with my connection falls into 3g speeds (as it does nearly daily)?

15. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1588; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Verizon is shutting down the old CDMA/3G network, it won't be there for your phone to fall back on. Honestly I don't think all new phones even support the old network, I've never seen my Note 8 on 3G.

23. tuminatr

Posts: 1168; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

The Note 8 sure does but Verizon has already upgraded most of their network to LTE

7. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3166; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I wanna say it was a BlackBerry Z10 but I honestly can't remember.

8. Cdowd85

Posts: 17; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Not all LTE phones will be activated. Early lte android and the iPhone 5,5s and 5c won’t be activated either. Phones do have to support the volte.

14. mcdanielvzw

Posts: 52; Member since: Nov 10, 2016

Idiots. 3G > 4G > 5G for service, unless they manage to decrease the MHZ and keep the speed. The higher the HZ, the lower the penetration (That's what she said). Uniden 900 MHZ phones got better range than 2.4 GHZ phones for the same reason. STFU on "It's better for us". When more towers are put up it will be better as usual. This is a broad generalization for broads.

16. jonathanfiuwx

Posts: 184; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

Are you a broad?

20. andynaija

Posts: 1265; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

You do know that spectrum can be reused for newer technologies right?

33. tuminatr

Posts: 1168; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

Probably why they are turning off 3g it works in the 800-900 mhz range. and has a large 60mhz of spectrum. AMPS/ NAMPS was designated 30mhz send 30mhz receive

34. tuminatr

Posts: 1168; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

for example they have between 22-46mhz total in b13

17. Rager722 unregistered

HTC One M7 was my first LTE phone on At&t. Good memories with that phone

21. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

Verizon probably could have shut it down this year. Where is Sprint at on this? hmmm, so long 3G roaming.

32. tuminatr

Posts: 1168; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

lol sprint has a lot of 3g coverage as primary

22. andynaija

Posts: 1265; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

My first 3G (EVDO) phone was the Huawei Ascend, which was also my first smartphone, I was really happy when 3G finally became available after using 1X for a good while. It was a great phone that I upgraded to Android Gingerbread (2.3) via CyanogenMod, used it until I lost it at a Burlington Coat Factory. My first LTE phone was the Coolpad Quattro. Trash phone. It kept randomly freezing to the point where I got upset and I threw it on the floor causing the screen to go white.

24. DFranch

Posts: 558; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

T-mobile and AT&T have a much better selection of phones. Verizon has always lacked because of it's CDMA network. So does this mean We will soon be able to activate more phones on Verizon?

28. andynaija

Posts: 1265; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Probably but they'll still try to control which devices can access their network.

31. tuminatr

Posts: 1168; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

Sometimes a good thing if you have read what they ask for companies to do to have phones certified its very reasonable. I thinks its good they don't allow phones that wont work properly on their network

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