Verizon is pausing its 3G shutdown indefinitely2021-01-06 18:57 by Daniela
Tags: Verizon, 3G
Verizon is indefinitely delaying the shutdown of its 3G network, pushing back the original plan for the network to shutter at the end of 2020 to an as-yet-undetermined point in the future. The US operator had already delayed plans to pull the plug at the end of 2019 in order to give affected customers an opportunity to make plans to move to a more modern handset.
Verizon has already stopped activating new 3G devices, but it appears as though the migration has not been as fast as had been hoped.
Verizon spokesperson Kevin King told Light Reading that the carrier's 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."
The carrier has been taking steps towards shutting down its 3G network for years, starting way back in 2012 when it deployed 4G LTE. A few years later, it announced its plans to deactivate the network by December 2019, but it later pushed the date back to 2020. Now, it looks like the company has delayed the old network's shutdown indefinitely, perhaps until most of its remaining 3G customers have already moved to newer devices.
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