According to a report, Verizon will be the first US carrier to shut down its 3G cellular network. The network will clearly be replaced by 4G LTE as well as 5G once it arrives. This is said to happen at the end of 2019, so there is still time to upgrade from your 3G smartphone.
Verizon has been hard at work implementing 5G for the next evolution and at the end of next year, the carrier will officially move on from the 3G network that at one point served us every day. This shouldn’t come at surprise considering how barely usable and tolerable 3G speeds are compared to what we have now. You can’t even buy 3G-only phones anymore, and I imagine there are very few consumers actively using these devices in the US. In other words, it shouldn’t impact a whole lot.
Verizon was first to come out with a 3G smartphone, which goes back to 2008. Unfortunately, if you were considering re-activating your old 3G phone, you will no longer be able to do it. Once the network goes down, all 3G devices won’t be able to connect and only 4G LTE capable devices and newer will support wireless connectivity.
Verizon has begun its preparations to shut down the network that served us well for many years, but with 5G on the horizon, we have only bigger things ahead to look forward to. It’ll be interesting to see if other US carriers follow a similar timeline. Do you still own one of the early 3G Android smartphones? If so, let us know what it is down in the comment section below.
VIA [Phone Arena]