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    AirVoice and AT&T 2G shutdown

    I've been following the threads here about the AT&T 2G shutdown and how it effects H2O. I figured the same would apply to AirVoice but just to be sure I dropped a note to Customer Service and received the following reply:

    As of 12/31/2016 ATT will phase out the 2G towers so 2G devices will not work under ATT towers, we use ATT towers so a 2G device will not work with our service.

    This probably doesn't effect 99% of AirVoice (or H2O) users, but there are some people out there still using flip phones--my mother-in-law for example--or as an emergency "glovebox" phone.
    My smartphone is a lot smarter than I am.

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    We've been getting messages from AVW on the two little-used flip phones on our account. One is my mom's ex-AT&T Sony Ericsson 3G flip. No issue there. The other is my spare phone, also a S-E and 3G, but unlocked T-Mobile. Looks to me, based on my check of phone specs, that the T-Mo/AT&T band difference should not be an issue, but if it is, it's not the end of the world to replace that phone quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steveinmn View Post
    We've been getting messages from AVW on the two little-used flip phones on our account. One is my mom's ex-AT&T Sony Ericsson 3G flip. No issue there. The other is my spare phone, also a S-E and 3G, but unlocked T-Mobile. Looks to me, based on my check of phone specs, that the T-Mo/AT&T band difference should not be an issue, but if it is, it's not the end of the world to replace that phone quickly.
    I believe you can use both phones with any AT&T MVNO as long as they are 3G. And you can still use a 2G phone on a T-Mobile MVNO which is why I plan to port my mother-in-law's 2G Pantech to US Mobile. I try not to move the cheese with her. She'll have the same number and the same phone and won't even know the difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Relztrah View Post
    I believe you can use both phones with any AT&T MVNO as long as they are 3G. And you can still use a 2G phone on a T-Mobile MVNO which is why I plan to port my mother-in-law's 2G Pantech to US Mobile.
    I was able to confirm with AV that "if it's an unlocked 3G GSM phone it will work". Good enough for me.

    I like your T-Mo MVNO idea. But I think my real direction (at least for my phone, the T-Mo unlocked one) is an app for my primary phone (iPhone SE) that will let me direct a second number to it. I need to have the separate number but it doesn't get a lot of use. Then the flip won't matter at all.

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