Verizon stops activating 3G phones ahead of 2019 CDMA switch-off

17 Jul 2018

Verizon Wireless has stopped activating 3G CDMA-based handsets, US tech website Droid Life has reported, citing a statement from the telco. Responding to rumours from affected customers, the site reached out to Verizon, which explained: ‘For several years we’ve been publicly saying that our 3G CDMA network will remain available through the end of 2019. Virtually all traffic on our network is on our 4G LTE network. To facilitate a smooth transition to 4G LTE capable products and services, we are no longer allowing devices that are not 4G LTE capable to be activated on our network.’

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Verizon launched its LTE network in December 2010, going live in 38 cities and 60 commercial airports with initial coverage of more than 110 million people. The operator’s LTE footprint now covers more than 300 million people, and the cellco accounts for around 100 million LTE handset users.

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