Why Are Carriers Are Turning Off 2G & 3G Reception?
AT&T & Verizon are slowly turning off 2G cell phone towers in many rural markets. Why? Because they need the capacity and or spectrum in that market for 4G and LTE. 3G and 4G provide faster data speeds but voice service can often be less reliable.
If you have been a long time customer with an older phone and suddenly you don't have coverage any longer, you are probably one of those people who either have to upgrade their phone or find a new carrier. Many carriers still service 2G customers so its best you do your homework in a particular market and find out who has 2G service.
I think the FCC has done an incredible disservice to consumers not mandating that carriers provide transparency on where they are turning off 2G service. Thus, our map database Deadcellzones.com has exploded with contributions of dead zone problems this year on our map. Consumers are confused and don't know what to do. These present an opportunity for an aggressive smaller carrier to capitalize on this incredibly horrible service and transparency the big carriers are providing. Stay tuned because the fireworks are just beginning!