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Old 08-03-2012, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Queen Creek, AZ
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According to this link:
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/att...017-2012-08-03

AT&T will be shutting down its 2G GSM/GPRS/EDGE network in 2017. This seems like a wise move for AT&T, as it needs to reallocate its spectrum for faster 3G and 4G networks, considering today's data usage. In 2008, AT&T shut down its 1G analog AMPS and its (older) 2G TDMA/D-AMPS networks.

I wonder though, before AT&T shut down its AMPS and TDMA networks, AT&T was adding a surcharge to users still using an AMPS or TDMA phone. I wonder if AT&T will soon do the same for those using 2G-only (GSM/GPRS/EDGE) devices.
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Old 08-03-2012, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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News flash.....

At&t has shut down 2G in some major markets already. This is not a surprise. Just ask someone living in NY City.
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Old 08-08-2012, 12:52 AM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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This is the reason you're starting to (finally) see 3G basic phones appear in the prepaid market. Many of them also use the AT&T towers. Until not long ago, all of the basic phones on these services were 2G, unless you upgraded to a prepaid smart phone. Now there are a couple of 3G/WiFi basic phones available, and by the time this shut-down takes place they will all be at least 3G.
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