Is Verizon shutting down 4G?

Answered by Frank Schwing

As of now, Verizon is not shutting down its 4G network entirely. However, they have announced plans to eventually phase out their 3G CDMA network. The transition to 4G and eventually 5G networks is part of the natural progression of technology and network upgrades. Let me explain the details.

Verizon’s 4G network, also known as LTE (Long-Term Evolution), has been in operation since 2010 and remains a crucial part of their mobile network infrastructure. It provides faster data speeds and improved network reliability compared to the older 3G network.

The decision to shut down the 3G CDMA network is primarily driven by the need to make more efficient use of the network resources and spectrum. As more customers upgrade to 4G and 5G devices, the demand for 3G services has significantly decreased. By phasing out the 3G network, Verizon can repurpose the spectrum for more advanced technologies, such as 5G.

It’s important to note that the 3G CDMA network shutdown will not happen overnight. Verizon has been proactively notifying customers and encouraging them to upgrade their devices to 4G or 5G capable ones. They have also been working with device manufacturers to ensure a smooth transition.

If you are currently using a 3G CDMA or 4G device that does not support HD Voice (Non-VoLTE), your line will be suspended before your December 2022 bill period begins. This means your device will no longer be able to make/receive calls, send/receive text messages, or use data services.

To avoid any service disruption, it is recommended that you upgrade your device to a 4G or 5G compatible one. Most modern smartphones already support these networks, so you may just need to check if your device is capable or contact Verizon for assistance. Upgrading your device will not only ensure uninterrupted service but also allow you to take advantage of faster data speeds and improved network capabilities.

Verizon is not shutting down its 4G network entirely. However, they are phasing out the older 3G CDMA network to make way for more advanced technologies. It is recommended that customers using 3G or non-HD Voice devices upgrade to 4G or 5G compatible devices to avoid any service disruptions.