Your original iPhone won’t work on AT&T anymore, as first noted by The Verge. That’s because the carrier shut down its sluggish 2G network on January 1, 2017 which the handset relies on for phone calls and cellular data.

According to AT&T itself, they’ve decided to phase out the GSM 850/1900 MHz 2G network to free up resources and spectrum bandwidth for future rollouts of more advanced wireless solutions, like 5G.

Owners of the original iPhone attempting to use AT&T’s 2G network after the shutdown will be unable to make or receive calls, including emergency calls, send or receive text messages or use cellular data services for checking email, browsing the web and more.

Following the 2G network shutdown, the minimum requirement needed to operate on AT&T’s network is now 3G WCDMA (UMTS) HSPA 850/1900 Mhz Band 2 and Band 5. Devices that do not support these specifications may also be impacted by the 2G shutdown. “You may be able to keep your current rate plan when you upgrade your device, however it is possible you will need a new one,” said the carrier.

The carrier is urging customers who are still clinging onto an old 2G handset to visit an AT&T store or contact customer service as quickly as possible to upgrade to a 3G or 4G LTE device. The carrier will send you a notification regarding the 2G network shutdown if it identifies a device on your account as using AT&T’s 2G network.

The original iPhone supports only GSM 2G networks and lacks a 3G chipset. Apple recently celebrated ten years since introducing its phone which changed the mobile landscape and the entire industry.

The iconic handset has sold more than one billion units thus far. Later this year, iPhone should receive a major facelift in the form of iPhone 8 with an OLED screen, upgraded internals, all-new industrial design with glass front and back and more.

Source: The Verge

  • Ken Ross

    Color me confused. It will or won’t work?

    “Your original iPhone won’t work on AT&T anymore, as first noted by The Verge. That’s because the carrier shut down its sluggish 2G network on January 1, 2017 which the handset relies on for phone calls and cellular data.”

    “Owners of the original iPhone attempting to use AT&T’s 2G network after the shutdown will be unable to make or receive calls, including emergency calls, send or receive text messages or use cellular data services for checking email, browsing the web and more.”

    • Mr.Coolfreak

      The two statements aren’t contradictory, both say 2G network will be shutdown- thus you won’t be able to call or text or use data

      • Ken Ross

        I see what I missed. Thank you for you patience with this “old” man.

    • I understand it can seem confusing. Re-read paragraphs 2 and 3. This should clear things out.

      TLDR: nothing works anymore (no phone, no SMS, no data).

  • First one to adopt. First one to abandon. Typical AT&T monkey business.

    • Who’s still using the first iPhone anyway?

      • Rowan09

        Exactly it’s time to move on.

      • I do have the first iPhone but I won’t expect the carrier to keep it working just for me and 0.05% of all people.

        Collectors doesn’t use the first iPhone as the main phone and it still work on wifi tho.

        Time to move on

      • Rowan09

        Oh sweet. I sold my 4GB when the 3G came out and so on and so on.

      • ravinigga

        Collectors 🙂

      • HamptonWalley

        Every real iphone fan should own an original Iphone!

  • Glad I unlocked the one I got online. Now it’ll work on T-Mobile’s 2G network.

  • Digitalfeind

    They are also trying to phaseout original unlimited data users. Another $5 price hike to those of us with the data plan. They will still throttle speeds too. This crap about building their spectrum is bs. All they want is more money. T-mobile is just looking better and better.

    • Julio Hernandez

      You can switch over to T-Mobile and I think within 30 days if you don’t like the service you can get a full refund of everything. Idk if that’s still going on and if there’s restocking fees but I say try it, I’m on T-Mobile and used to have AT&T and I’m very happy.

  • DopamineAddicted

    Why are people saying 2017 will see the iPhone 8? In nine years of releasing phones when has apple jumped a name? They won’t skip the ‘S’ series so this years iPhone will be called the 7S. Have you forgotten what happened to samsung when they skipped the Note 6 and jumped to the Note 7? Boom!!! Explosion!!! Lol btw anyone wants to sell me their iPhone 2G?

    • Tim

      They are releasing the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus which will probably look similar to the current iPhone 7, but since this year makes it a 10 year anniversary for the original iPhone they are also going to release iPhone 8 which is supposed to look different (OLED panel, minimum bezels, no home button etc).

      • DopamineAddicted

        Great points. Since when an ‘S’ upgrade is boring? I don’t think apple will skip a name. I’m holding on to my 6S plus till September

    • Blip dude

      Because there is some doubt that Apple won’t simply do anything for the iPhone’s 10th Anniversary. Do you honestly think this will simply a typical boring S year? Sure an S model will be released, but so will 3rd model. It might not even be called “iPhone 8.”