Verizon previously announced an end-of-support date for our CDMA network of 12/31/2019.
Verizon has decided to give more time for its client base to completely migrate CDMA lines of service. In order to support their most valued customers, Verizon is offering a one-time CDMA network extension for a period of one year, to 12/31/2020.
Verizon network users will now have until this new end-of-service date to migrate off the CDMA network. Key dates for all critical infrastructure users of the Verizon Network to incorporate in project planning:
The following CDMA Network services will be discontinued:
- Device ID to device ID changes
- Like-for-like device swaps
- Roaming outside the US
Starting on 1/1/2021
CDMA support, service, and maintenance features (price plan change, suspend/resume) will no longer be available.
After the one-year extension expires, CDMA service will terminate for any device not migrated off the CDMA network.
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Verizon Notice Overview
Wireless carriers are working on making moves to 5G networks. As this transition is taking place, wireless providers are working to make it as smooth as possible. Verizon Wireless in particular is a provider trying to ensure the move is as painless as possible for those operating on its networks.
Back in July, Verizon Wireless provided notices regarding its CDMA network. Most notably how its CDMA network is being retired in lieu of HD Voice LTE network.
According to Verizon, they will no longer permit any 'Like-for-Like' device changes under CDMA network. Because of that, devices with 3G and 4G non-HD Voice won't be usable starting January 1, 2020.
Additionally, this restriction includes transferring of service, BYOD of CDMA device, swapping one CDMA device for another CDMA device, and roaming outside of the US. However, it does not affect suspensions, number changes, upgrades to compatible 4G or 5G devices, and the new line activation of 4G or 5G devices.
Finally, Verizon is moving all devices to its HD Voice LTE network starting January 1, 2021. Which leaves the Verizon CDMA network available only until December 31, 2020. Support will no longer be provided for CDMA devices. Instead, customers will be encouraged to upgrade to newer technologies.
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.
Read the Verizon announcement by visiting this website.