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Verizon Wireless: To Retire CDMA Network on January 1, 2020

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This year, wireless carriers are making the move to 5G network. And as this transition is being done, wireless providers are doing their best to make the transition as seamless as possible. Verizon Wireless is one of the providers who are ensuring this happens smoothly.

Earlier today, Verizon Wireless revealed some updates to its CDMA network. More importantly, how it is retiring CDMA network in lieu of HD Voice LTE network.

According to the wireless carrier, Verizon will no longer be permitting any 'Like-for-Like' device changes under CDMA network. This means that devices that have 3G and 4G non-HD Voice will no longer be allowed starting January 1, 2020.

The restriction also includes transferring of service, BYOD of CDMA device, swapping one CDMA device for another CDMA device, and roaming outside of the US. The restriction does not affect suspensions, number changes, upgrades to compatible 4G or 5G devices, and the new line activation of 4G or 5G devices.

In addition to this, Verizon will be moving all devices to its HD Voice LTE network starting January 1, 2021. This means that Verizon CDMA network will only be available until December 31, 2020. Service requests for CDMA devices will not receive limited support. Its users will be encouraged to make an upgrade to newer technology.

The changes after 2021 will affect 3G-only devices, 4G LTE smartphones that do not support HD Voice, CDMA connected devices, and proprietary customer built 3G equipment.

To read more on Verizon's announcement, visit this website.



Source: Verizon

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  1. The news is that they actually extended CDMA only devices (like grandma's flip phone) life another year. Isn't this like the 3rd date extension? Last drop dead for CDMA was Dec. 31 2019, now to limp along another year or until the next extension. Pretty soon VZW will be like the boy who cried wolf.

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    1. agreed! confusing trying to keep up with the moving date. I'm using cheap old phone on VZN MVNO and trying to figure out when I need to switch.

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  2. Headline is off by one year. CDMA retires Jan 1 2021. Other services stop a year earlier.

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  3. So basically, everyone's grandpa is going to have to give up their 7 year old Moto X from 2014 because it doesn't support HD voice. Probably a good thing anyway. Do they have until 2020 or 2021?

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  4. > Verizon will be moving all devices to its HD Voice LTE network starting January 1, 2021. This means that Verizon CDMA network will only be available until December 31, 2020.

    Is your title wrong then?

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  5. Re: Anon 07/31 - That Moto X Pure 2014 changed my life dude!

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  6. Okay, here's the question: What happens to Total Wireless? Their prepaid phones don't allow for access to the "Advanced Calling Features". They have the VoLTE SIMS but not the menu for WiFi calling (or HD Voice). Do they become largely useless because they are CDMA phones that are limited out of the starting gate on enabling the Advanced Calling Features? Since there is no CDMA to CDMA transfers or BYOF after a certain date, what happens to the providers that have been selling CDMA prepaid phones with (presumably) crippled firmware? Will they be obligated to issue a firmware patch so that the HD Voice functions work (along with the WiFi calling they currently prohibit) or does the phone at that point need to be upgraded?

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  7. I'm a TW user with a MotoE2gen with no HD on settings menu. I never got a straight answer from TW's worthless customer service, nor from VZ or Motorola (Lenovo)about my phone compatibility post 12/31/19. TW claimed my phone wouldn't work today. It's now NY's Day and my old phone so far works just fine. But I'm in a semi rural area, let's see what happens when I get to a more urban environment where VZ has likely upgraded it's towers. I suspect that my phone, according to the announcement above, will be just fine until the end of 2020. My phone is rugged, reliable, dependable and isn't made out of glass so it won't break in it's hard external case when I drop it. Takes lousy pictures but I'm not looking to be Ansel Adams. I see no need to upgrade it now if not forced too. I look at all cell providers as scammers anyway. See: Hype about 5g.

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    1. You are good for another year. Who knows, maybe in six months VZW will announce another delay of CDMA EOL. Eventually will need to replace grandmas flip phone (Gusto 2), almost bought her a Cymbal over a year ago, glad I held off.

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  8. If one upgrades the CDMA device associated with the prepaid account to a 4G LTE device, will the terms of the plan remain the same after Jan. 1, 2020?

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    1. What MVNO / carrier? If VZW directly, prepaid or postpaid?

      I have transitioned a VZW prepaid account on a grandfathered plan to a new 4g flip phone w/o issue. Never even spoke to a human, just on line / OTA activation.

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  9. what is the cheapest 4G LTE to switch to?

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