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The Original iPhone Is Now Dead Because AT&T

Dave Parrack 19-01-2017

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 Instant Inspiration: Watch Steve Jobs' Greatest Ever Speeches Not everybody is a fan of Apple. Nor was everybody a fan of Steve Jobs, one of the two Steves who founded the company, and the one who turned it from an also-ran into the... Read More . 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 Everything You Need to Know About the iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus No headphone port, water and dust resistance, and Apple's best camera yet -- this is the iPhone 7. Read More 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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  1. Nellie Shankles
    January 22, 2017 at 2:33 am

    I don't have an I phone .I have a Samsung tablet.Do I need to be concerned about this?

  2. Phil N
    January 21, 2017 at 4:01 am

    Not entirely useless. Last year I traded mine into T-Mobile, thinking I might get $5 or something but apparently it was not listed in their system so for any phone not in the system they give $50.

  3. Todd
    January 21, 2017 at 2:35 am

    I've never owned one, but in 2017 wouldn't there be a way to unlock it?

  4. Frank
    January 20, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    An original iPhone likely wouldn't even hold a charge. Battery chemistry "dries up", and most phones don't have much use after a few years or so anyway.

    • Ptaco Loco
      January 21, 2017 at 4:36 pm

      I haven't seen iphone batteries 'dry up" or really stop orking completely - unless they get submerged in the agua. I just let a friend borrow a iPhone 4S (6years old) & he is commenting on the long battery life vs ASUS Phone.

  5. Rich
    January 20, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    For those that want to continue to use their original iPhone you can call 1-800-Waa-Waaaa . You can't expect a company to continue to support EVERY technology it ever created. Why not ask Apple to support the Apple II so that it can connect to the internet using 802.11AC?

  6. Rich
    January 20, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    My original 2g iphone works great as an ipod on wifi. It's primary use to play bedtime music for the children docked in a speaker.

    • Mike
      January 23, 2017 at 4:22 pm

      How do you dock your children in a speaker. I can't even get mine to go to bed on time!

  7. Rob
    January 20, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    If shutting down the old 2G network frees up funding and manpower to continue to improve new technology then this is the right move.

  8. David Nieporent
    January 20, 2017 at 1:55 am

    It can still be used on WiFi.

  9. the dave
    January 19, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    They killed Kenny... THOSE BASTARDS!!!!!!