Optus will start killing its 2G network from next week

Alex Kidman 28 March 2017

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If you’re rocking an old school phone with Optus, it’s time to upgrade.

We’ve known for some time now that the death of 2G services in Australia (excluding Christmas Island) is imminent, with Telstra shuttering 2G services late last year, Vodafone set to cease service on 30 September and Optus initially due to kill its 2G network from 1 April.

If you check your calendar, 1 April 2017 is this Saturday. However, Optus has decided (pretty much at the last minute) that 2G services will get an oh-so-temporary reprieve. Instead of flicking the switch this weekend, it will instead stagger its shutdown of 2G services nationwide.

If you’re in the Northern Territory or Western Australia, you can expect your Optus 2G signal to disappear on 3 April. However, residents of South Australia, Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania and the ACT have until 1 August 2017 to buy a new 3G-compatible phone to use on the Optus network. After that time, if you go seeking an Optus 2G signal, you won't find it anywhere.

Optus indicates that it’s been in contact with customers who may be affected by the closure, but it’s worth remembering that if you’re using an MVNO that uses the Optus 2G signal, then you will also be affected.

You can always search for a brand new smartphone contract on our mobile phone plan finder, or, if your interest is purely in mobile telephony, consider the range of available Nokia 3310-esque handsets already on the market.

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