Goodbye 3G. Adios, Farewell, Sayonora.


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Remember 1G? Maybe, like a vague memory you’re not sure actually exists. That’s the hope for 3G, and Verizon is working on discarding their 3G technology and replacing it all with their 4G LTE. Some carriers have kept their 3G technology, even 2G in some cases, to use for voice calling services. December 5 marked the three-year anniversary of Verizon’s launch of 4G LTE technology. Verizon Wireless now has more than 500 markets covering more than 303 million people in 50 states, or 95 percent of the U.S. population. On the company blog, Verizon explained, “What’s next for Verizon Wireless? Deployment of AWS spectrum in most major markets is adding capacity to the network, as more than 66 percent of the company’s data traffic now rides on 4G LTE. And next year, customers will be able to experience Voice over LTE (VoLTE), a 4G LTE technology that can enable a host of advanced services, including HD Voice and video chat. 4G LTE roaming for Verizon Wireless customers outside the U.S. will also begin in select countries.” This marks the end for Verizon’s 3G network. Kevin Fitchard at Gigaom tells an interesting story about how recently the network in New York recently switched from CDMA signals to LTE. Click here to read how Verizon quietly switched their network over.

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