Having announced that it planned to shut down its 3G network by the end of 2019, Verizon ended up pushing the date to the end of 2020. We are now in January 2021 and the carrier’s 3G network is still online and could be for the foreseeable future.
According to Light Reading, Verizon has decided to keep its 3G network running indefinitely although no reasoning for the postponement of its demise was given. One possible reason could be all the folks that are still toting their old clamshells and feature phones that aren’t blessed with 4G or 5G connectivity.
“our 3G network is operational and we don’t have a plan to shut it down at this time. We’ll work with customers to move them to newer technology.”
Verizon spokesperson Kevin King in response to Light Reading
Verizon isn’t the only carrier that is stilling running a 3G network; AT&T has said that it only plans to shut its 3G network down during 2022, and T-Mobile hasn’t announced a shutdown date yet.
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