Sometimes, if you want to move forward, you have to leave things behind. That’s what is happening to the original iPhone, a phone introduced a little over ten years ago that will no longer work with the AT&T network because the carrier kills “turned off” its 2G network from the original iPhone introduced on January 1, 2017. AT&T ensures that the decision was made to free up space for other wireless solutions of the future, such as the 5G.
Without the available 2G network, users with an original iPhone and an AT&T SIM card will no longer be able to make/receive calls or SMS or connect to the internet, which will prevent them from browsing, checking email, etc. After this power outage, there are two options: use the original iPhone as an iPod Touch or change company, which in the beginning would only prolong the agony.
Today, our 3G and 4G LTE networks cover 99% of Americans. By shutting down our 2G network, this frees up more spectrum for future network technologies, including 5G. In the next few months, we plan to repurpose that spectrum for LTE.
From now on, the minimum connection required to work with AT&T is the 3G WCDMA HSPA 850 / 1900Mhz in bands 2 and 5. In addition to the original iPhone, any device that can not work with that minimum connection will be affected by the power failure 2G.
The carrier encourages customers who still have a 2G device to go to one of their stores or contact customer service so they can renew their phone to one that supports 3G or 4G. To ensure that those affected are aware of this, the company will send a notification that the 2G network is shutdown to any device that identifies that it is only compatible with that network.