AT&T has announced that, come 2017, they'll be hitting the off switch on their 2G EDGE network. That's the network the original iPhone used when it launched in June of 2007, and was bound to until the iPhone 3G launched roughly a year later in 2008. Thomas Gryta reports for the Wall Street Journal:
The telecom giant said about 12% of its contract wireless customers, or roughly 8.4 million people, were using 2G handsets at the end of June, but it will work "proactively" in coming years to move them to more advanced devices. Like the other major carriers, AT&T's customers mostly use phones with third-generation technology, and it is aggressively rolling out a nationwide fourth-generation network.
The next generation iPhone 5 is expected to run on 4G LTE networks, as well as HSPA+ and legacy CDMA networks. The least technologically advanced iPhone that Apple continues to sell, the iPhone 3GS runs on 3G HSPA 7.2. Unlike modern networks, 2G EDGE doesn't handle simultaneous voice and data, but it does still pick up connectivity when faster HSPA networks fail to connect.
Hopefully by 2017 LTE failing back to 3G will be the new 3G failing back to 2G. Anyone here still stuck on EDGE?
Source: Wall Street Journal