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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