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AT&T Shuts Down Its 2G Network, Kills Internet Connectivity for the Original iPhone
AT&T has shut down its 2G network killing Internet connectivity for the original iPhone in the process.
The company made an announcement about the shutdown yesterday, although the network was actually discontinued on January 1st.
To help support the massive growth of mobile internet usage and free up spectrum for newer technologies, we discontinued service on our 2G wireless networks Jan. 1, 2017.
The plan to shut down 2G was first announced four years ago and aims to make way for newer technologies.
Today, our 3G and 4G LTE networks cover 99% of Americans. By shutting down our 2G network, this frees up more spectrum for future network technologies, including 5G. In the next few months, we plan to repurpose that spectrum for LTE.
The retirement of our 2G network – like our earlier retirement of the analog wireless network – is part of our 5G Evolution, which includes continued deployment of our 4G LTE and other technologies in the years to come.
The news comes just as Apple celebrated the tenth anniversary of the iPhone eight days ago. Do you still have an iPhone 2G that worked on AT&T? Let us know in the comments!
Read More [via Verge, MacRumors]