The US telecom operator Verizon is postponing the shutdown of 3G networks indefinitely, postponing the initial plan to shut down 3G networks at the end of 2020 to an undetermined point in the future.
The US telecom operator Verizon announced that it would eventually discontinue 3G services shortly after launching 4G in 2012. In 2016, Verizon proposed a definite date for the shutdown plan: December 31, 2019. It was confirmed in July 2018 that Verizon had stopped activating 3G phones. In early 2019, Verizon reiterated its 3G shutdown plan.
On January 5, Verizon spokesperson Kevin King said in an interview with Light Reading: “Our 3G network is already in operation and there is no plan to shut it down. We will work with customers to transfer them to the new technology. ”
Perhaps, Verizon is not the only telecom operator planning to shut down 3G networks. AT&T recently informed users of 3G mobile phones that the company plans to shut down its 3G network in early 2022. T-Mobile hopes to make LTE (VoLTE) a necessary feature early this year.