Will my iPhone 2G work at all after 05.15?

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Will my iPhone 2G work at all after 05.15?

AT&T is turning its EDGE network off and they say I must upgrade my phone. I'm using 2G jailbroken iPhone because it works with my other SIM cards. They offered to give me a new phone but not an unlocked model. Plus iPhone 4 accepts micro SIM and I need the regular size slot.

 

I suppose the follow up question is: is there any other carrier that I could continue using my phone with? ie, T-Mobile, StraightTalk etc. Or the switch will affect eveyone (after all the smaller companies lease spectrum from ATT & Verizon, right?)

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tenant13 wrote:

AT&T is turning its EDGE network off and they say I must upgrade my phone. I'm using 2G jailbroken iPhone because it works with my other SIM cards. They offered to give me a new phone but not an unlocked model. Plus iPhone 4 accepts micro SIM and I need the regular size slot.

 

I suppose the follow up question is: is there any other carrier that I could continue using my phone with? ie, T-Mobile, StraightTalk etc. Or the switch will affect eveyone (after all the smaller companies lease spectrum from ATT & Verizon, right?)


I would say you will have problems once they disable Edge but I did not think it wa happening this quickly?  Do you need to move a SIM between phones and that is why you need a standard sim vs the micro sim?  You can always get an adapeter for times you need a standard size sim.

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You can use the phone on T-Mobile.  Both T-Mobile and Sprint are independent mobile network operators (MNOs) with their own towers/equipment.  There are roaming agreements that exist, but that doesn't make either carrier dependent on AT&T or Verizon Wireless.

 

Your phone should still work on T-Mobile or Simple Mobile.  There's one other MVNO that allows you to choose between AT&T and T-Mobile service, but I can't remember if it's Net 10 or Straight Talk.

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When and where has AT&T officially said they're turning their E network off? I know they will in the future, but I would think that would be widely reported. Can you post a link or proof please? As for you, if your report is true, you'll need a new phone, or you'll need to switch to another network to use your first-generation iPhone.

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That information might not be widely distributed because the network upgrade will only affect the few people who still haven't upgraded to 3G and higher. How many are out there? Nobody else will notice anything because they are off the EDGE network anyway. And perhaps it's only happening around NY? So today, I exchanged my old iPhone for iPhone 4. It was free so I opted for that instead of a $100 for 4S. I don't have a contract and this was not considered an upgrade so I will ask them to unlock it and try to cut my other SIMs so they fit into a smaller slot. I honestly did not want that switch but every possible rep I called told me that my 2G will just stop working. "You may experience degradation" is apparently just a nicer way of saying that. The iPhone 4 might have been free but my monthly bills instantly went up by $30 - data is $10 more and texting is another $20. Not happy about it.

 

I'm attaching the original AT&T email with the information.

 

Due to upcoming network improvements, your current older-model 2G phone must be exchanged.

If you do not take action soon, you may not be able to send or receive calls, and you may experience degradation of your wireless service in certain areas.

However, AT&T is giving you the chance to save up to $100 on a new phone, without a new service commitment, if you act by May 15, 2012. This makes many popular smartphones free to you with no contract required!*


You must act now:
 
1. Bring a printout of this email along with your current wireless phone to an AT&T company-owned store by May 15, 2012. Find a participating location in Metro NY, Northern NJ and CT at att.com/storelocator.
 
2. An AT&T representative will ensure that your phone is the one associated with the mobile number ending in xxxx.
 
3. Exchange your current 2G phone and save up to $100 on your choice of a new phone.
 
Visit your local AT&T company-owned store in Metro NY, Northern NJ and CT before May 15, 2012, to avoid service interruption. 
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I hope you're able to get the phone unlocked officially, as the unofficial channels are spotty at best on the newer versions of iOS. As far as your bill going up, that was inevitable. The original iPhone had something of a sweetheart deal from AT&T because it was only sold at full price. Subsequent generations of the iPhone used the same smartphone data & texting packages as everyone else.

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I do hope AT&T cut the edge, because I have a prepaid phone Samsung A107, it has a button in the middle that when you press and it go to the internet using the edge data immediately.

 

I tried to ask AT&T to disable the edge data, or even asked the staff in the store to disable that function for me, however, it's set up by the system can not disable.

 

So if they cut the edge, it's good news to me.

 

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i understand you have a jail broken Iphone. just upgrade to a new 4s,or go  to  apple and pay full price for  a unlocked Iphone 4s. if you do not give up your 2G i guess your inter net service for your 2G will be gone. nothing more to say here. it depends on you either get  A new iphone or lose part of your service on the 2G.

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Thanks for the information! I'm just curious, is it for your area or for the whole nation?

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Underlyingsound wrote:

Thanks for the information! I'm just curious, is it for your area or for the whole nation?


Since this does not seam to be wide spread in the press as one would expect, I am wondering if it is local and may be a result of ATT having to turn over spectrum to T-Mobile as part of a failed merger?  Eventually it will be for all as they need the spectrum to grow with other services elsewhere.

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Information on iPhone unlocking can be found here by copying this link into your browser:
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A customer posted an email in another thread that makes it seem like it's just the greater NYC area for now.

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No, it may not be good news. If they're phasing out their EDGE data network, then AT&T may also be phasing out their 2G voice network along with it. Once that occurs, phones that aren't at least 3G won't work at all in those areas where GSM/EDGE has been turned off.

 


dnschan wrote:

I do hope AT&T cut the edge, because I have a prepaid phone Samsung A107, it has a button in the middle that when you press and it go to the internet using the edge data immediately.

 

I tried to ask AT&T to disable the edge data, or even asked the staff in the store to disable that function for me, however, it's set up by the system can not disable.

 

So if they cut the edge, it's good news to me.

 




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Or ALL of your service, if they're turning off GSM voice along with EDGE data...

 


graphite07 wrote:

i understand you have a jail broken Iphone. just upgrade to a new 4s,or go  to  apple and pay full price for  a unlocked Iphone 4s. if you do not give up your 2G i guess your inter net service for your 2G will be gone. nothing more to say here. it depends on you either get  A new iphone or lose part of your service on the 2G.




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Hello, I have a little trouble, can you help me

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Since I started this thred, I might as well - sort of - end it: with a few answers. 

 

1) I did get the new iPhone 4. I could have paid $100 and get 4S but what I really want is iPhone 5 so I opted for a free phone for now.

2) AT&T officially unlocked it right away BUT since this is a 3G enabled phone, my monthly payment instantly went up by $30

3) I switched to T-Mobile

 

I would have happily stayed with AT&T, honestly - but they are just not competitive enough with their prices. 

 

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