Verizon's 3G/CDMA network is officially shutdown.
The network was slated for an official sunset on December 31, 2022, but 3G was still available in most places until January 3rd.
Unlike AT&T and T-Mobile, Verizon did not do a phased shutdown and instead accomplished it in a couple of days.
Verizon's 3G shutdown was originally scheduled to take place in 2019, but was delayed several times, primarily to accommodate users and industries who were still dependent on it to allow them more time to transition.
So Verizon was likely very prepared with this network sunset, and so far, it appears to have gone smoothly. Verizon is expected to rapidly reutilize the spectrum used for 3G/CDMA for 5G.
Key Mobile Internet Related Considerations:
- Verizon's 3G/CDMA network is officially gone
- Verizon was the last major carrier to shut down it's 3G network
- Verizon will use the now-free cellular spectrum to expand its 5G network
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