AT&T to drop 2G by 2017

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It is going to take a hell of a lot of new towers in rural areas to
replace 2G with 3G.
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Also as part of our ongoing efforts to improve our network performance
and help address the need for additional spectrum capacity, we intend to
redeploy spectrum currently used for basic 2G services to support more
advanced mobile Internet services on our 3G and 4G networks. We will
manage this process consistent with previous network upgrades and will
transition customers on a market-by-market basis from our Global System
for Mobile Communications (GSM) and Enhanced Data rates for GSM
Evolution (EDGE) networks (referred to as 2G networks) to our more
advanced 3G and 4G networks. We expect to fully discontinue service on
our 2G networks by approximately January 1, 2017. Throughout this
multi-year upgrade process, we will work proactively with our customers
to manage the process of moving to 3G and 4G devices, which will help
minimize customer churn. As of June 30, 2012, approximately 12 percent
of our postpaid customers were using 2G handsets. We do not expect this
transition to have a material impact on our operating results, but will
continue to evaluate the financial impact of transitioning customers
from 2G devices to 3G or 4G devices.

Re: AT&T to drop 2G by 2017
On 8/6/2012 3:58 PM, miso wrote:
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Re: AT&T to drop 2G by 2017
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I'm not sure I follow your comment here, but apparently AT&T has
upgraded user phones in the past when doing technology changes. If you
don't have a smart phone, you probably aren't upgrading your phone on a
two or three year basis.  Upgrading phones would be a cost to AT&T.

So AT&T may help with new phones, but that doesn't alleviate all the
other problems dropping 2G will cause. For instance, T-mobile uses a
different 3G band than AT&T. I suppose new phones could cover both
bands, but by and large, most phones don't do 3G on both networks.
Canadian 3G IIRC is like T-mob, and European 3G is like AT&T.

Basically you will need at least quad band UMTS or higher if you expect
to use both AT&T and T-mobile. Preferably pentaband UMTS and LTE.

The latest flyer from T-Mobile indicates they are adding LTE to the
network, but I don't know if that is their own LTE band or if they are

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