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Deadline Extended - Verizon MVNOs Can Activate 3G and Non-VoLTE Phones Until Dec 31, 2018

Back in February, Verizon notified some of its MVNO business partners that it would no longer allow the activation of 3G and non-VoLTE LTE devices after June 30, 2018. Today, NWIDA, the National Wireless Independent Dealer Association, reported that the deadline has been extended until December 31, 2018. NWIDA says that Expo Mobile and two other unnamed Verizon MVNOs received emails from Verizon announcing the delay.

It's not known if the extension also applies to Verizon Prepaid and postpaid. In fact it looks like it doesn't, at least for non-LTE devices.  Verizon's list of approved non-Verizon devices still has a big banner at the top of the page reading "Effective July 1st, 2018, Verizon will no longer accept uploads or activations for any CDMA-only MEID/ESN on our network." (see image above).

The reason to block activation on 3G and non-VoLTE devices is simple. Verizon is planing to shut down its 2G and 3G networks December  31, 2019 and offer only LTE service after that date. VoLTE is required for making calls over LTE. For a smooth transition, Verizon needs to get as many of its customers as possible on VoLTE capable LTE phones before the end of 2019.

What this change means for users is that they will still be able to activate non-LTE and non-VoLTE phones on Verizon MVNOs until the end of this year. However, when Verizon shuts down its 2G and 3G networks at the end of 2019, 3G phones will become useless and non-VoLTE LTE phones will no longer be able to make or receive calls.

I feel that Verizon is badly bungling the transition to LTE-only for MVNOs and their customers. For one thing Verizon has not even enabled VoLTE for most of its MVNOs, making it difficult to verify it a given phone supports VoLTE. For another, it's very hard for end users to determine if a phone supports VoLTE on Verizon. Verizon has not published a list of VoLTE supported phones. The only list I've found (on Verizon MVNO Boom Mobile's site) doesn't seem to have been updated in over a year. I think that any phone that Verizon currently lists here as available to postpaid customers as well as the phones on Verizon's list of approved non-Verizon devices are probably VoLTE capable. Why can't Verizon communicate clearly which of its phones are VoLTE capable?

Source: NWIDA

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  1. Great article .

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  2. "Hey dummy, this ain't no 1992 Toyota Camry DX. Buy a new phone, or get cut off."

    --How I expect the Verizon announcements to go, maybe with a touch more politeness.

    And really, as many readers of this site keep buying any and all phones going on sale--this really ain't affecting none of "us" in practicality. This largely has the potential to mess old people who are just getting the hang of their lockscreens or how to change their wallpaper to pictures of their grandchildren. Verizon Wireless can (and likely will) easily use its might to commission cheap branded replacements from LG, Alcatel, and maybe ZTE. If you have your service on a Verizon-networked MVNO though? Well, ya'll should've been put those dollar savings into a better off-contract phone LOL

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    1. They need to hurry up withing bringing out new inexpensive flip phones .

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    2. A lot of words, no substance.

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  3. Does this mean you’ll get less voice coverage when 2g and 3g are shut down?

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    1. That remains to be seem. Presumably, Verizon will try to extend LTE coverage to everywhere that has 2G now and also improve VoLTE reliability and availability.

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  4. My family's phones all support VoLTE but we had to turn it off because it doesn't work at our home. By 2020 we won't be able to make calls from home. So much for the best network in the country.

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    1. Turning off 2G and 3G circuit switched protocols means they can refarm all of that sweet sub 1000MHz bandwidth into LTE, at which point your packet switched VoLTE experience should improve.

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    2. ...but you are probably in the 10% that Verizon doesn't care about.

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  5. Been hearing all kinds of issues with Visible, Verizon's ultra cheap mvno like prepaid division. Dropped calls, no signal, poor cs, this not working that not working . I understand a lot of teed off customers are getting a free three months to cool their jets during this "beta" phase. Supposed to be native network Volte only. Not there yet though it seems.

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  6. I can't find that banner on Verizon's website. Where is it?

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    1. Click the "list of approved non-Verizon devices" link in the second paragraph.

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  7. I can't wait.

    Once CDMA goes under and Verizon reallocates the spectrum, and T-mobile buys up and absorbs Sprint, unlocked phones can finally go LTE/5G only and still be fully compatible with all major US networks.

    No more "7x problems," where the exlusion of a CDMA radio makes it not worth bothering to be Verizon-compatible.

    I'm looking forward to the death of locked phones and the competitive free for all that'll follow, even though it'll inevitably lead to consolidation and price hikes as all things do.

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    1. Your vision is good but doesn't go far enough. We need a "third pillar" open and secure OS that respects people's privacy and has a good selection of quality apps.
      It might be combined with an open-hardware style phone like FairPhone, or the developer could enter into licensing agreements with phone OEMs that are not locked into exclusive Google GMS agreements.
      Only then can we rest. I am tired of being 'Google's and Facebook's Product,' and Apple is developing new advertising services.

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    2. That's a pipe dream. The OS wars are over and Google won.

      It's far too late to get in on the ground floor now that people, devs and businesses are already invested in their ecosystem of choice.

      We're in the post-Chrome era, where as the release of iOS was the only post-IE opportunity devs had to get it right before Google swept in and conquered the market.

      There's literally no reason to even try a new OS now, as droid has already become the "good enough" that most people can settle for.

      What's more, because every app is a botnet unto itself that needs way too much power thanks to Android's still-far-too-generalized permission system, your data will still be mined no matter how secure your OS, just like your emails are only as secure as where they came from or were sent to.

      Rather than building a competing platform, you'd actually get more done just by bribin- I mean "lobbying" politicians to outlaw analytics, or at least force them to be an entirely separate product and bar them from being bundled into other hardware, software or services.

      If you can't beat 'em, have the government stomp them into the pavement.

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  8. There is a large number of seniors and technology challenged Verizon post paid and prepaid users spending $45 - $70 on Verizon 3G service using flip phones which they only use for talk and do not use for texting or data, Verizon makes large profits from these customers. With the shutdown of 3G service these same users will be forced onto the Verizon 4G lower costs plans and with the limited flip phones available will learn how to text and use data on smartphones resulting in more Verizon network usage and less profits for Verizon

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    1. ... which is all good as these seniors move out of the 19th century.

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