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Thursday, September 18th, 2014 3:38 PM

Will 2G phone work on 3G network?

I hear that AT&T will be "cannibalizing" 2G in two years or so. I really like old flip phones like the RAZR, but some models use 2G. So would a 2G phone work on a 3G network?

Thanks.

ATTDmitriyCM

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8 years ago

 

Hi @Amydn16 

 

If the phone only supports 2G networks but the area is 3G it might not work at all or at best it'll only work for phone calls. Your best solution will be to choose a phone that supports a 3G network.

 

Please let me know if you have any other questions.

 

Thank you,

Dmitriy

Amydn16

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8 years ago

Hi Dmitriy,

 

Thank you for answering my question. Is it true that AT&T will shut down all 2G networks by 2016?

ATTDmitriyCM

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8 years ago

 

Hi @Amydn16 

 

I don't know the exact time frame, but eventually yes, older 2G network will be shut down to free up spectrum and resources for future developments.

 

Thanks,

Dmitriy

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7 years ago

I really like the security of my flip phone and would love to keep using it, even though it's a 2G phone.  I don't need the bells and whistles on the newer phone and only use my flip phone for talk only.  Also I don't have a secure place to keep my phone when I am on travle as the flip phone by being in my front pocket.  Is there anyway my 2G phone will keep working as a talk phone goes without being forced into buying another phone when this one is working just fine?

 

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GLIMMERMAN76

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7 years ago

Nope Jan 1st 2017 will be the last time a 2g phone will work. The vacated space will be used for lte and 5g service.

ACE - Sage

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7 years ago

You can replace the 2G flip phone with a 3G flip phone and go on as you have for the past 10 years.  You do not have to have a screen or a 4G phone.

 

 

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7 years ago

I have seen phones with "3G data capabilities".  Does that mean it will work after ATT discontinues 2G service at the end of this year?

Tutor

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4 Messages

7 years ago

Also, to switch to a 3G phone, does that require a new SIM, different from the one in my 2G phone?

 

ACE - Sage

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7 years ago

If you have a 2G only phone, which is unlikely, you would need a new SIM card.  

In order to work on ATT a phone needs to have 3G bands 850 and 1900. Not all phones will work on ATT, so choose one that is ATT compatible.

 

You don't have to buy from ATT.  Amazon has several ATT Gophone, so does Best Buy.  

 

 

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