If you still own an original iPhone then it’s now nothing more than a technological relic. And/or a funky looking paperweight. This is because AT&T has shut down its 2G network, rendering the original iPhone less than useless. And it was, let’s face it, already pretty useless.
On January 9th, 2007, Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone . And the world hasn’t been the same since. Most people now own smartphones, and while Android is the market leader by a huge margin, the iPhone is still going strong. Albeit with an insanely impressive camera and no headphone jack.
On January 1st, 2017, AT&T shut down its 2G wireless network. And seeing as in the U.S. the original iPhone was available exclusively on AT&T, this means that AT&T has killed the original iPhone. So, almost 10 years to the day after it was unveiled, the original iPhone is dead.
2G or Not 2G, That Is the Question
To be absolutely honest we doubt there was anyone left still using an original iPhone over 2G anyway. But AT&T’s actions mean that nostalgic owners can’t even fire her up and take her for one last spin. Which is really rather sad considering how important the original iPhone was/is.
Luckily there are 14 newer iPhones out there in need of love. So why not dig out your iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus and enjoy it while you still can.
The iPhone is dead… long live the iPhone!
Do you still own an original iPhone? When was the last time you powered it up? Did you find it capable after all these years? Or was it slow and sluggish? How do you feel about AT&T shutting down its 2G network? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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