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2G shutting down (starting) June 7, 2021
June 6, 2021
9:14 pm
Burnaby, BC
Forum Posts: 7
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November 12, 2010
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I used to be, and members of my family are still, SOW customers. One of them got an email back in May and just brought to my attention yesterday, that the 2G phones we acquired thru the years from 7-11, may stop working on 2G as of June 7, 2021.

Results may vary (read the FAQ on 7-11's Speakout Wireless site):


June 20, 2021
7:28 pm
Forum Posts: 81
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May 2, 2009
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I think I am experiencing this shutdown thing... Although my phone (Doogee X5 Max Pro) supports various 2G, 3G and 4G frequencies, it does not support the 850MHz (B5) UMTS/HSPA+ network that Speakout suggests that 2G users migrate to. I tried various band settings, and the only one that would connect to Speakout was the 2G setting. I still have 2G coverage here in Winnipeg, but didn't have coverage when I was in western Manitoba a couple of days ago. So, I think it is a matter of time until this phone can't be used with Speakout. (Too bad; I like this phone.sf-cry_gif)
So, as far as shopping for a replacement phone, it will have to support the 850MHz (B5) UMTS/HSPA+ that Speakout recommends. But, is that the only Rogers band that Speakout uses? If I am buying for the future, what other bands should I try to have available, for if/when this 850MHz (B5) gets shut down a few years from now? Is 4G-LTE the eventual next step upwards?