The end of 3G begins as Vodafone Netherlands shuts down its 3G network

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  1. mood

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    The end of 3G begins as Vodafone Netherlands shuts down its 3G network
    3G networks are being shut down globally
    February 4, 2020

    https://www.androidcentral.com/end-3g-begins-vodafone-netherlands-shuts-down-its-networks
    Vodafone: End of the 3G era
     
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    Finnish communications supplier
    Elisa: 3G network available to customers until the end of 2023
    March 12, 2020
    https://corporate.elisa.com/news-ro...ustomers-until-the-end-of-2023/44259115909144
     
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    Does 2G still operate in these networks? Because there are older and/or cheaper devices that don't have 4G connectivity and widespread replacement of them may be very challenging. Many are built-in inside costly equipment.
     
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    I don't get it, I'm still using old skool mobile phones, I have always thought they made use of 3G. If I'm correct, not all phones support 4G, so I might end up having to replace those phones.
     
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    A lot of dumb phones support 2G only. Some dumb phones support 2G and 3G. Very few support 4G.
     
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    As mentioned in #1, AT&T will turn off its 3G network (early 2022).
    Customers recently received a "notice" from AT&T. More in this thread.
     
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    T-Mobile will soon require VoLTE on all phones, non-compatible devices will get kicked off in January
    Metro by T-Mobile will also be affected, and possibly Sprint (Update: T-Mobile statement)
    July 23, 2020

    https://www.androidpolice.com/2020/...nes-incomopatible-devices-kicked-off-january/
     
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    T-Mobile will kick devices that don’t support VoLTE off of its network in January
    December 24, 2020
    https://9to5google.com/2020/12/24/t-mobile-volte-requirement-2021/
     
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    I live in other country in Europe and some 2G/3G frequencies are being freed (2100 Mhz), but not all. Rural areas have poor 4G coverage and 2G shutdown would mean no mobile telephone at all. That is why 2G&3G will be still available for many years on 900Mhz.
     
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    Verizon is pausing its 3G shutdown indefinitely
    Your old flip phone is safe for now
    January 5, 2021
    https://www.theverge.com/2021/1/5/22215453/verizon-3g-shutdown-paused-delay-network-old-phones
     
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    T-Mobile is shutting down service to these phones, but will offer free replacements
    January 8, 2021
    https://www.androidpolice.com/2021/...-will-stop-working-on-its-network-next-month/
     
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    BT Confirms 3G Service Will Be ‘Retired’ In 2023
    BT 3G connectivity will be retired in 2023, as carrier pledges to make 5G connectivity available in 90 percent of the UK by 2028
    July 14, 2021
    https://www.silicon.co.uk/5g/bt-3g-service-retired-2023-406757
     
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    Thanks, must have missed this post. But yes, my old mobile phone only supported 2G and 3G, had to replace it.
     
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    That is called Non-standalone (NSA) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5G_NR#Non-standalone_mode


    This thread is only about 3G shut down in Netherlands. There is no mention about 2G. Technically 2G can be used to make calls and send texts (SMS) just fine. Are there any signs that 2G will be also shut down in Netherland? I don't live there. Just curious.
     
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    I would be curious too. Like @Rasheed187 and others, for years I settled on and have had reliable service from an older phone. Its so much more peaceful than internet intrusions/distractions on a handset too. It sends and receives text fine and voice calls and im not brainwashed like this generation of constantly staring into a stupid mobile hand phone with lunacy.

    Oh I have so-called smartphones, a pair of them. But ONLY for WiFi purposes.
    Saves on hard to come by money these days too.
     
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    Form what I understood, Tele2 shut down the 2G and 3G network for consumers, I even received an email about this. KPN will soon also do this if I recall correctly, not sure about Vodafone.
     
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    Regarding the Netherlands, KPN intends to shut down its 3G network per April 1, 2022, and its 2G network per April 2025 (or later). [1]
     
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    OK thanks, it was a bit confusing to me because I figured that 2G was dead a long time ago, I thought that old skool phones worked purely on 3G.
     
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