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I have a 3G ZTE Z222 of which I'm fond.   My friends with Sprint have been notified of an imminent Sprint 3G shutdown. I searched that topic on this forum and found that my phone will be good till 12/2012 or "such time as there is a national shutdown."  I need something more specific as flip-phones are getting scarcer by the week, and the only 3G flip-phone offered by AT&T right now is, bluntly, junk.   How imminent is a national shutdown?

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That date should be 2021, not 2012.

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‎05-07-2019 11:33 AM

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@quadriped ATT is shutting down the 3G network to make room for 4G LTE and 5G network. Think ATT will furnish new compatible phones like they did when the shut down their 2G network. 

 

https://www.mobileworldlive.com/featured-content/top-three/att-upgrades-3g-spectrum-to-5g/

 

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Thanks, that's very helpful. So the bottom line is I should start shopping for a new phone before the end of the year?

But if ATT offers me only a smartphone, I'll switch to another carrier. Or I'll buy a 4G flip-phone before they switch. I have no use for those oversized, bloated electronic toys.

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@quadriped 

 

Before long even flip phones are going to be smartphones.  You are in the 3% that don't want a smartphone.

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That's OK, I rarely follow the trend, and I'm too mature to care what others think of me.   My phone is small enough to fit into my pocket, and I have a landline and 3 desktop computers at home.  I work from home online, and I don't want to be connected 24/7.  I (and most of my friends) will wait till we're forced into it, and then I would use it only for phone calls anyway. I bought  a GPS for my car already.  

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‎05-07-2019 10:11 AM

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@quadriped wrote:

That's OK, I rarely follow the trend, and I'm too mature to care what others think of me.   My phone is small enough to fit into my pocket, and I have a landline and 3 desktop computers at home.  I work from home online, and I don't want to be connected 24/7.  I (and most of my friends) will wait till we're forced into it, and then I would use it only for phone calls anyway. I bought  a GPS for my car already.  


Nothing wrong with that.  ATT does sell 2 flip phones that have 4g LTE in them so you should be future proof if you get one of those.

 

This one is a perfect example https://www.att.com/buy/phones/xp3-8gb-black.html

or

https://www.att.com/buy/phones/att-cingular-flip-2-4gb-dark-gray.html

 

 

 

 

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There will be LTE flip phones available well before 3g shuts down. You have more than a year before you have to worry about it.   Verizon already had them last year and they are shutting CDMA down at end of this year.   

 

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@lizdance40 wrote:

There will be LTE flip phones available well before 3g shuts down. You have more than a year before you have to worry about it.   Verizon already had them last year and they are shutting CDMA down at end of this year.   

 


ATT is only selling LTE flip phones just like verizon.  ATT's do have 3g in them tho.

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The first is actually a smart-phone, and way beyond my budget.  I called and the only one they have now is the Cingular Flip2.  I know the feature phones have already disappeared from some other sites or been replaced with junk.  I'll wait till my current 3-month payment is due to expire and decide then.

 

What's CDMA and LTE?

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@quadriped wrote:

The first is actually a smart-phone, and way beyond my budget.  I called and the only one they have now is the Cingular Flip2.  I know the feature phones have already disappeared from some other sites or been replaced with junk.  I'll wait till my current 3-month payment is due to expire and decide then.

 

What's CDMA and LTE?


I am trying to figure out how 189 is to high.  Its not a gophone so it has the real retail price is all.  Its not a smartphone tho as its running sonims own software.  It does use android but after playing with one its not a smartphone.

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I'm trying to explain this politely, since other people's financial situations are beyond your understanding.

  I . can't.  spend.  $189.  on.  any.  phone.

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And we are trying to explain "politely" that That. Is. Not. Our. Problem.

 

You could sell your 3G phone while it still has some value and get a landline.

 

Phasing out 3G is not a money-grab. There are good reasons for it. Obsolescence is a fact of life with high tech products. 

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My finances are not your problem. Your problem is understanding that everyone's finances are different. 

I have a landline.  And if you think cell phones haven't become a money-grab, calculate how much hundreds of dollars people now pay for their cell phone usage, always being encouraged to get everything "unlimited."   Whatever happened to "budgeting your time" and "budgeting your money?" I'm not a Luddite because I choose to make most calls from home..

 

I consider this thread closed.

 

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Finances being front and center:   I’ll play a little devils advocate.  

1.  Wait until At&t says you can’t use your current phone.  They offered free phones when 2 g was shut down.

        And false economy?

2.   Why keep 2 services?   Close to 60% of Americans do not have a landline, White pages are passé.  The cost of a landline has become unreasonable.  You can port your landline to cellular and have one service cheaper than you are paying now for 2.  

   The cheapest landline offer for local service only around me is $15 a month, but usually companies want $40, and your paying $8.33 for emergency cell service, if your paying on time, you have buckets of credit on your account you aren’t using. 

 

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