Verizon will no longer activate 3G phones; network will shut down at the end of 2019 [tele...

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By Alan Friedman

Do you remember your first 3G smartphone? For yours truly, it was the
BlackBerry Storm, which was released half-baked from Verizon on
November 21st, 2008. Let's say that after all these years, you want to
re-activate your old Storm or BlackBerry Storm 2 (the latter was a
decent phone) on the Verizon network. That will no longer be
possible. A statement released today by Big Red confirms that the
nation's largest carrier is no longer activating devices that do not
support 4G LTE connectivity.

https://www.phonearena.com/news/Verizon-will-no-longer-activate-3G-phones-on-its-network_id106697

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Bill Horne
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Re: Verizon will no longer activate 3G phones; network will shut down at the end of 2019 [telecom]
Alan Friedman wrote for phonearena.com:

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Note that there are a large number of timekeeping devices deployed
which depend on the IS-95/IS-2000 CDMA netwok to deliver precision
time synchronization.  Unlike LTE, the CDMA network was designed to
deliver a precise GPS time reference to all receivers, even those
which are not (paying) authenticated clients.

-GAWollman

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wollman@bimajority.org| act to remove constraint from the future.  This is
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