Verizon is indefinitely delaying the shutdown of its 3G community, pushing again the unique plan for the community to shutter on the finish of 2020 to an as-yet-undetermined level sooner or later.
The information comes from Verizon spokesperson Kevin King, who tells Light Reading, “Our 3G community is operational and we don’t have a plan to close it down presently. We’ll work with clients to maneuver them to newer know-how.”
In keeping with Mild Studying, Verizon beforehand introduced that it deliberate to shutter the 3G community on the finish of 2020, which was already a delay. (The corporate initially supposed to shut the community on the finish of 2019.) Now, plainly Verizon is as soon as once more punting that call down the highway.
The attention-grabbing a part of this resolution is that Verizon is making it solely for patrons who’re nonetheless utilizing their current 3G units. The corporate no longer allows clients to activate new 3G telephones on its community (as of 2018), nor does it supply pay as you go 3G service (as of 2019). Clearly, Verizon would favor that its clients improve to new 4G LTE — or, at this level, 5G — plans (presumably with new telephones that they’ll purchase via the service). However the repeated delays in shutting down the 3G community appear to recommend that the transition isn’t going as quick as the corporate would really like.
Verizon isn’t the one community working to maneuver clients off of its legacy 3G community. AT&T recently advised its clients utilizing 3G telephones that it plans to close down its 3G community someday in early 2022, whereas T-Cell is reportedly looking to make voice over LTE (VoLTE) a requirement early this 12 months.