Bell to Shut Down Entire CDMA Network by Early 2017

Bell users on the company’s CDMA network can start counting down the days because an internal memo details a nationwide shut down by January 1, 2017, reports MobileSyrup.

Below is the timeline for the shut down:

  • March 31, 2014: CDMA EVDO network partner to shut down in BC and Alberta (excluding Edmonton/Calgary)
  • December 31, 2014: CDMA 1xRTT network partner to shut down in Thunder Bay
  • July 1, 2015: CDMA EVDO network shutdown in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and PEI; CDMA 1xRTT network shutting down in BC (excluding Fort Nelson), Alberta, parts of Quebec
  • January 1, 2017: entire CDMA network to start shutting down

It’s no surprise Bell would consider shutting down its legacy CDMA network, considering the real money nowadays is with high end smartphones and data usage on faster LTE networks.

Telus already has plans to shut down its CDMA network by 2015, a move to cut costs as it moves customers over  to its newer 4G/LTE networks through hardware upgrade opportunities.

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  • Surging

    Should boycott all cellphone services, with the ripoff rates they are charging people for new services and ousting CDMA services which are dirt cheap to run these days, they just want to force everyone to a new plan more expensive plan.. what a joke im pissed im on cdma and my 10-4 walkie talkie service was free unless i used it then which it would cost me one dollar all day.. but now bell has taken it over and charging people 15 dollars a month whether you use it or not …. btw my prepaid plan was 15 bucks a month for unlimited mobile browser, unlimited texting all of north america and buck a day 10-4 walkie talkie…… that would cost like 45 dollars on these new ripoff plans, you cant even get the mobile browser anymore because they are shutting down cdma network.. ohhhh wait you can get data for an extra 60 bucks a month which is the same crap as the mobile browser i was getting for free …

  • Cuddly Cooper

    I agree about the cellphone companies. All of a bunch of greedy dickwads