Reminder: Telstra 2G network shuts down tomorrow

Alex Kidman 30 November 2016

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If you’re still rocking a 2G phone on the Telstra network, it’s about to get awfully quiet.

2G services commenced in Australia more than 20 years ago, but all good things must come to an end, and so it is with 2G. Telstra was the first network to signal that it would decommission its 2G network in late 2016, ahead of rivals Optus and Vodafone. That date, specifically, is 1 December 2016, which just so happens to be tomorrow.

I’ve still got a 2G-only phone! What should I do?

If you’re still using a 2G-only device on the Telstra network, or you know somebody who still is, the time to go out and get them a new phone is today. We’ve outlined some of the best options for Telstra customers wanting to switch up from 2G recently, so that would be a good place to start.

Bear in mind that it’s not only services that identify themselves as "Telstra" that will cease offering 2G services tomorrow. If you’re a phone customer of Boost, ALDIMobile, Better Life Mobile, Cmobile (Blue), Lycamobile, MeU Mobile, Southern, Telechoice, Think (Classic plans only) or Woolworths Mobile, then the 2G shutdown also affects you from tomorrow, because all those brands use parts of Telstra’s network as well.

If you’re a customer on Optus or Vodafone, it’s not quite so urgent, but the clock is still ticking. Optus will shut down its 2G network on 1 April 2017, while Vodafone will become the last 2G supplier to shut down on 30 September 2017.

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