To those of our customers who currently use Verizon's CDMA network for their M2M and/or IoT devices, this is a friendly notice that they will be retiring this network in 2019.
Verizon recently announced it's plan to officially shut off its CDMA network (1x/EVDO, 2G/3G) on December 31, 2019 and to stop activating new devices on CDMA after June 30, 2018. Verizon's 4G LTE network has now surpassed its CDMA network in coverage, efficiency and in capabilities, prompting Verizon to make this transition.
Starting January 1, 2020 Verizon will only be operating its 4G LTE network, meaning that CDMA services—including voice, data and text messaging; devices and modules supporting 1xRTT-only, 1xEVDO-only, 1xRTT and 1xEVDO; and any combination of 1xRTT and 1xEVDO with other radio access technologies not including LTE—may no longer operate.
Fortunately, most Verizon routers that have been sold new in the past few years should be on the 4G LTE network. However, if you are uncertain about which network your Verizon router is operating on be sure to check in with a certified distributor.