It has been ten years since the release of the first generation of iPhone. It took a lot of time and technology used by us has changed a lot. Mobile networks are great example of these changes. Recently, the largest provider of telecommunication services in the United States, i.e AT&T, has disabled its 2G GSM network. Thus, ten years old iPhone which does not support 3G suited only to the museum.
This information was communicated already four years ago, and in May last year the exact date of turning of 2G GSM network was announced. AT&T will be able to focus more on developing new and future-proof fifth generation network, i.e. 5G. For the majority of smartphone owners this change will not be even noticeable. Most people use newer technologies, namely 3G and 4G LTE. For a smaller group, which has a much older mobiles (including the title first generation iPhone), this means only one thing. Time for a change the phone.
End of 2G GSM network in AT&T is also the end of support for the first iPhone
Apple released its first iPhone in 2007 and this device was AT&T exclusive in the United States. Its specification allowed working only in the 2G network, without the support of 3G, which offered faster transfer than the previous generation. Of course, the next generation of iPhones already support 3G networks, as well as the latest 4G technology. Unfortunately, the original iPhone never got that opportunity. 2007 was a technological marvel for Apple, as well as AT&T, where the technology was a top-flight, highly superior to the competition. After 10 years at the end of these solutions they have to go down in history, to be able to further penetrate the market. This step will force the holders of the first iPhones and other 2G GSM mobiles working so far in AT&T network to switch to newer models.
The decision to exclude outdated already second generation networks will definitely pay off for the operator. The frequencies obtained in this way will be used by new LTE base stations. This will also facilitate the planning of new investments and the implementation of 5G network. I am curious if other operators decide on a similar step. But first they have to spread VoLTE service. Only popularize voice calls using a 4G network will allow for relief 3G stations and turn off 2G network.