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Verizon Delays Shutdown of 3G CDMA Network Until the End of 2020

Phillip Dampier August 1, 2019 Broadband Speed, Consumer News, Verizon, Wireless Broadband 7 Comments

Verizon Wireless customers with older devices still reliant on 3G CDMA technology will be able to continue using them on Verizon’s network until the end of 2020.

The wireless giant confirmed this week it is postponing its retirement of 3G service for a year. The company had planned to switch off support for 3G at the end of 2019.

Verizon spokesperson Howie Waterman told Light Reading the action is intended to give impacted customers “an extra year to decide what they want to do.”

Verizon had given priority to discontinuing 3G service so it can repurpose that spectrum for its 4G LTE network, which is approaching capacity in some areas. The company originally warned customers and its reseller MVNO partners back in 2016 that it would end 3G service on Dec. 31, 2019. It also stopped activating 3G-only phones on its network in July 2018.

Starting in early 2020, Verizon will no longer permit customers to transfer 3G phone service from one account to another, activate 3G service on a pre-existing line, swap a malfunctioning or lost 3G device for another 3G device, or use a 3G phone to roam outside of the U.S. Verizon hopes customers will see the restrictions as a motivation to upgrade to a new 4G LTE phone.

 

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Tom Randolph

How long will Verizon support Motorola Motog7 Play, model XT1952-4?

DeAnn
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DeAnn

How long will Verizon support StraightTalk’s CDMA home phone service?

Steven Politte
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Steven Politte

t’s gone today

dynamodan
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dynamodan

My old 3G phone still works on January the twooth, 2020.

Jo Ann Ann Roettgen
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Jo Ann Ann Roettgen

Is there any way to get a list of phones that will no longer be supported?

NoBs
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Amazing to think that t-mobile still has 2 g plans, one of which I’m grandfathered into. Once a year refill for $ ten and I can’t use them all. If it wasn’t so darn cheap I would have tossed it years ago. I also bought one of the best phones I’ve ever had as far as TALK goes, no fancy games or mindless texts on the Page plus ( Verizon network ) , a casio G’zone military type that you can drop on concrete or in water, doesn’t make any difference it still works. All for $ 30 a year.… Read more »

gidget
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gidget

had 3g, was forced to go to 4glte… it sucks. service sucks, reception sucks and I had to buy a new phone. Verizon sucks

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