AT&T to Put An End to 2G Network By 2017
The iPhone has been capable of running on AT&Tís 2G network since the dawn of the first iPhone release. When connected to GPRS, an "O" is shown in the Status Bar; for Edge, an "E" is shown in the Status Bar in place of the 3G or Wi-Fi indicator, as shown in the screenshot above. 2G speeds are not the fastest way to enjoy a cellular connection, but for newer iPhones, it can be used to save battery life while still being connected on the go.
According to a report by The Wall Street Journal
, AT&T announced that it will be putting an end to their 2G network by the year 2017, as only 12% of their wireless customers are using the 2G network. This point in time is still nearly 5 years away, giving AT&T phone owners the chance to replace their older cell phones with newer, up-to-date phones with 3G and newer cellular technology built into them.
With todayís uses for the Web, the move by AT&T seems understandable, as 2G doesnít come anywhere near the download and upload speeds of 3G or 4G. Additionally, support for 2G networks is not really on every phone companyís mind nowadays. Phone companies are upgrading their handsets with newer 3G and 4G network chips, which give us download and upload speeds closer to those that we get on our home Wi-Fi networks.
By 2017, there is an adequate chance we might start seeing the next new revolution in cellular network technology; even beyond 4G. When this time comes, we will probably be looking back at 3G the way we look at 2G today.
Sources: The Wall Street Journal