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August 3, 2012
Bad news if you're still rocking a Motorola V600 on the AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) network: Ma Bell wants to switch off its second generation network by 2017.
The Wall Street Journal reports Friday that AT&T revealed its schedule in a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) . The operator still has 12 percent of its customers on its 2G network. It started sending out letters in March encouraging them to switch from the basic GSM service.
AT&T is not the only operator dealing with legacy networks at the moment. Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) is pushing to get its iDEN users off the network by the end of 2013.
Why this matters
AT&T has been focused on finding more spectrum capacity since the failure of the T-Mobile US Inc. deal. The 2G closure should allow it to make more effective use of bandwidth on 850MHz and 1900MHz networks as many will likely switch to 3G on the same bands.
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile
Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.
But hey, Dan is so much more than 4G maps and state-of-the-art headgear. Before joining the Light Reading team in 2002 he was an award-winning cult hit on Broadway (with four 'Toni' awards, two 'Emma' gongs and a 'Brian' to his name) with his one-man show, "Dan Sings the Show Tunes."
His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.
He lives in Brooklyn with cats.
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