We will not say that we are surprised. They were not. We’re actually just waiting for this to happen – 3G connectivity is out of date. Well, we know that it won’t happen anytime soon in other countries where people rely on 3G and 4G interchangeably. In the United States, specifically, for Verizon subscribers, be aware that the company will soon be closing the 3G CDMA network. For now we refer to December 31, 2022 only. That’s less than two years of 3G goodness for those still connecting to 3G.
In December 2014, we already said that 3G was dying. It was because Verizon was really pushing for LTE. More than five years later, Verizon is now pushing for 5G expansion. It is happening at a faster rate and in more cities. The only problem now is that there are not many 5G phones available and affordable.
The 5G phone market has just started. It’s better compared to two years ago when we can count the 5G devices we knew on our fingers. Verizon just wants to do the official stuff and wants to remind people that maybe it’s time to buy a 4G LTE or 5G phone.
Verizon says 5G is the platform for 21st century innovation. The use of 3G CDMA has been declining since 2016. Verizon began actively dismantling the network. The supposed closure of 2019 did not occur. It didn’t happen again in 2020 and Verizon is doing an extension until 2022.
Verizon believes it may not be easy for everyone, but is committed to minimizing disruptions as they move to more advanced devices and technologies. The shutdown may happen even earlier, as roughly 99% of Verizon customers now use 4G LTE or 5G.
We have no idea how many subscribers the remaining one percent are. Verizon said it will no longer allow non-4G LTE capable phones to activate on its network. Those with 3G should make the transition to 4G or 5G. People are encouraged to upgrade to more advanced technologies and devices because there may be service degradation in the near future.
The 3G CDMA network will close on December 31, 2022. Other operators may do the same, but even earlier. Verizon said no further extensions will be made.