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The iPhone has been capable of running on AT&T’s 2G network since the dawn of the first iPhone release. When connected to GPRS, an "O" is shown in the Status...
08-03-2012, 05:47 PM #1
AT&T to Put End to 2G Network By 2017
The iPhone has been capable of running on AT&T’s 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 today’s uses for the Web, the move by AT&T seems understandable, as 2G doesn’t come anywhere near the download and upload speeds of 3G or 4G. Additionally, support for 2G networks is not really on every phone company’s 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
Last edited by Anthony Bouchard; 08-03-2012 at 08:06 PM.
08-03-2012, 06:22 PM #2
Well, it is still a long way off. Hopefully they can increase the coverage of their signal by focusing on 3g and above. 2g should have died already, but glad to see that it is finally en route.
08-03-2012, 06:50 PM #3
Hah. Look how long it took them to get descent 3G coverage... FFS maybe they'll have descent LTE coverage by then.
08-03-2012, 06:54 PM #4
By 2017 I'm assuming 3G will feel as slow as 2G... Cause public wifi is increasing and so is 4G and what not."You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not"
08-03-2012, 07:04 PM #5
I am part of that 12% 98% of the time despite being an avid iPhone updater (I've only skipped the "s" models because I can't justify tiny incremental updates)... 3G coverage does not exist where I live. Although I don't receive the signal for the faster network, I still update for a better device. The nearest reliable 3G signal is over 50 miles from where I live... If AT&T expects customers to continue to pay for service, they'd better not discontinue it before updating it.
08-03-2012, 07:36 PM #6
You do realise that 2G and Edge are different don't you? 2G was launched in 1991, whereas Edge which is 2.75G was launched in 2003.
The iPhone status bar icon for 2G is a circle, with the icon for Edge being an E.
08-03-2012, 07:44 PM #7
08-03-2012, 08:08 PM #8
How did you get this screenshot? Did you just happen too be in an area that had no 3G/4G reception?
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08-04-2012, 03:11 AM #14
please, may you send a link to that wallpaper ? i love the texture and the color
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08-05-2012, 10:43 AM #17
How AT&T can call their "4G" network 4G is a complete joke. It's so slow compared to LTE
08-05-2012, 11:25 PM #18
Now they are gonna take the coverage I can get Is its at&t's goal to make sure we only have wifi coverage
08-07-2012, 05:57 PM #19
I'll miss not having my battery drain so much from 4g all day... I'll miss you edge network...
*Yes i use edge on my 4s via NCsettings(4s has no turn off 4g option[3g for 4&below])
Last edited by Durz0; 08-07-2012 at 06:00 PM.
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