Systems that depend on the AT&T 2G Cellular network will find themselves without service when 2017 begins. The situation means that any device which uses the AT&T 2G GSM 850/1900MHz network "will need to upgrade their devices as they will be unable to make or receive calls, send or receive text messages, or use data services after 12/31/2016" the company noted in its web site.
One estimate suggests between 10 and 14 million GPS devices, cell phones and tablets will need to be replaced.
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AT&T is providing answers to a lot of questions about the 2G network sunset as well. The reason boils down to the ever increasing reliance on mobile capability. The company notes that mobile data traffic grew 75,000 percent between 2001 and 2006. But that pales by the 150,000 percent increase in traffic on its mobile wireless network from 2007 to 2015. To handle all of that AT&T is changing how it allocates its spectrum in ways that will accommodate a deluge of high speed data created by social networks, smart phones and other wirelessly-connected machines.
We depend on data in our wireless world. Stay ahead of the curve and don't go dark at the 2G "sundown".