I was interested in getting one of the new Nokia 3310's but I read that it runs on 2.5G. Since Rogers will be shutting down its 2G network in the near future, does that mean the phone wouldn't work anymore after that? Or does that only mean that internet won't work anymore but calls and texts will?
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@icecap If the new phone only supports GSM, then the phone WON'T work for calls or text, when Rogers shuts down it's GSM/GPRS/EDGE Network. The network *could* be shutdown by 2018, so investing in this phone isn't a good idea. Also it looks like it doesn't include any WiFi capability, so you can't use data on it.
It's a shame Nokia didn't include HSPA capability on it, since most networks in the world are in the process of shutting down their older GSM networks.
@Meowmix Everything I read online said that they will be shutting down the GSM network and refarming those frequencies to HSPA and LTE. Also I can't see how Rogers can keep GSM/EDGE/GPRS data Off but calls On, since they are physicaly removing these 2G antennas. Either way buying a device that only supports 2G doesn't make sense since Rogers is only supporting 2G until 2018.
"Since 2002, the company's 2G GSM network with EDGE has operated in Canada. It provides compatibility for GSM-based devices, including those frequently used by international travelers. However, this technology is limited to speeds up to 236 kilobits per second, which is only about four times the speed of dial-up.
Rogers is no longer increasing its GSM coverage footprint and has only committed to support its 2G GSM network until 2018"