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Our very own @leeshor brought this interesting story to our attention. Apparently, GSM wireless data connections will finally go the way of the "dodo" bird sometime in 2017. Of course, this will leave a few people out there stranded if they are still sporting older devices.
Here's a quote from the story, but be sure to hit up the source link below for the whole picture:
On Monday Singaporean operators M1, Singtel and StarHub became the latest operators to set a timetable for turning off their GSM networks. They will do so on April 1, 2017, following in the footsteps of Telstra in Australia, which plans to do so by the end of 2016, and AT&T in the U.S, which will flip the switch on Jan. 1, 2017.
For many mobile phone users, the switch-off could pass almost unnoticed. Today, the majority of mobile customers have phones that also connect to 3G and 4G networks; only a small percentage of subscribers still use GSM-only phones, according to the Singaporean operators. When Telstra made its announcement last year, it said GSM accounted for less than 1 percent of the total traffic.
What do you guys think? Too soon, or just about time?
Source: GSM wireless will die in 2017 and that s bad news for older devices PCWorld