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Verizon says it will shut down its 3G network — for real this time — on December 31st, 2022


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acastro_200109_1777_verizon_0002.0.0.jpg Verizon stopped activating phones on its 3G network several years ago. | Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

After years of delays, Verizon says it will finally shut down its 3G CDMA network at the end of 2022 — and the company means it this time.

Verizon initially targeted 2021 for the shutdown and later revised with a more ambitious goal of 2019. That didn’t happen, and as recently as January 2021, the company said the plan was on hold indefinitely. Now, Verizon has confirmed an official shutdown date of December 31st, 2022, and a statement that “the date will not be extended again” on the company’s news site leaves no room for ambiguity.

This move won’t affect anyone who has activated a phone with Verizon in the past few years; the company stopped activating 3G-only phones in 2018. Verizon is also keen to point out that it will be the last...

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