However, before they do that, the company needs to figure out how to help thousands of its existing CDMA consumers who are still hooked to the old network. Previous efforts from the company seemed to have done little to encourage these users to use newer 4G and 5G capable handsets. Verizon’s fix to this problem is to send many of these consumers a free 4G phone so that they can shut down the CDMA network by the end of the year without having to worry about anyone losing access to their network.
Verizon started a public campaign in 2016 to replace its outdated 3G CDMA network with modern 4G LTE networks. Verizon initially intended to shut down its outdated network by the end of 2019. The CDMA network was given a new lease on life until 2020 when that did not occur. But when the epidemic struck, Verizon made the decision to give its outdated network one final go. The company’s current goal is to totally decommission this network by the end of 2022.
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The devices Verizon intends to ship to these consumers are the Orbic Journey V, the TCL FLIP Pro, and the Nokia 2720 V Flip. All three devices are 4G capable flip phones running proprietary operating system software that shouldn’t cause too much fuss in the network’s population of old-school holdouts. Because most of the existing CDMA users are on older flip phones, it would make the transition to these newer phones much more straightforward.