Verizon’s 3G network will keep on sticking around, rather than previous plans to shut down service over the past recent years. Kevin King, a Verizon spokesman, given a statement to Light Reading that the company is keeping the older wireless network running with no exact timeline for till the service will shut down by the company.
Though no exact shutoff data is revealed yet, King stated that Verizon is actively working with users so that they could get onto one of its latest networks. He adds that some contracts are there for the carrier’s connected devices that still required to be respected, while Verizon is additionally ensuring that those still with 3G smartphones are not left high-and-dry.
The move denotes a takeoff from past Verizon statements, such as one for 2016 in which it reported plans to stop the 3G service 2019 year’s end.
King further added that as soon as they are getting the option to move individuals off, they will have the option to decommission the network.
In 2018, it also announced that it would presently don’t be activating phones that could just associate with 3G networks, and then Verizon repeated the planned 2019 3G network sunset. However, in July 2019, the company disclosed Light Reading that the 3G network’s discontinuation would push off until the end of 2020.
With keeping Verizon’s 3G network active, it will Verizon will keep on having three generations of networks operational- previous 3G, 4G LTE, and latest 5G service.
It is not quickly clear what number of smartphones or other 3G- associated devices, for example, ATMs, are as yet using the 3G network, but the number looks to be great enough for Verizon to make the shutdown postpone again.
Verizon isn’t the only one carrier that’s trying to keep 3G around for somewhat more. AT&T recently announced that until next February, its 3G network would stay online, while T-Mobile disclosed to Light Reading that it would turn off its 3G network over the course of the following quite a several; however, it didn’t give a precise timeline.