A spokesperson from Verizon, Kevin King, said that the 3G network of their company is still operational and they don’t have plans to shut it down anytime soon. He further added that they would help their workers in moving to the latest technology.
The company announced to shut down its 3G network by the end of 2020 which itself was already a delay. Moreover, prior to the 2020 delay, Verizon also announced to close their 3G service at the end of 2019. However, Verizon has made this decision only for its existing 3G device users and won’t allow new customers to activate their 3G devices on its network (as of 2018). The company won’t even offer 3G prepaid services to them (as of 2019). But, Verizon would prefer that its users upgrade to the newer 4G LTE or 5G plans, by now which will be available only if the users buy new devices through the carrier. Unfortunately, the continuous delays seem to look as if the company is not getting the transition as fast as it desired.
Similar to the Verizon, networks including, AT&T and T-Mobile are also making their efforts in moving their customers off their 3G legacy.