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Verizon 3G network shutdown postponed to indefinite date


Verizon was supposed to shut down its 3G network by the end of 2019 but the schedule was pushed to the end of 2020. As revealed in a report, it looks like the wireless carrier is no longer in a rush to shutdown this network. 

In the report, a spokesperson for the company shared that their 3G network continues to be in operation “and we don’t have a plan to shut it down at this time.” The representative also shared that they will be working with their customers to help them make the transition to newer technology, particularly 4G LTE and 5G. 

Despite not having a definite timeline for its 3G network shutdown, Verizon is only making this network available to their existing customers. This means that they will no longer allow customers to activate a new 3G device on their network. At the same time, they have stopped offering 3G service since 2019. 

Still, this buys Verizon customers some time before they can upgrade their devices and plans. Unlike Verizon, its competitors already have a timeline when they will be shutting down their 3G networks. AT&T informed its customers that they will be discontinuing the network in the early part of 2022. T-Mobile, on the other hand, is said to be considering VoLTE as a requirement for new device activations.