Reminder: Telstra 2G network shuts down tomorrow

Alex Kidman 30 November 2016


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.

Follow us for all the latest mobile phone news and deals

Image: Shutterstock

Latest mobile plan deals on finder

Ask a Question

You are about to post a question on

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Disclaimer: At we provide factual information and general advice. Before you make any decision about a product read the Product Disclosure Statement and consider your own circumstances to decide whether it is appropriate for you.
Rates and fees mentioned in comments are correct at the time of publication.
By submitting this question you agree to the privacy policy, receive follow up emails related to and to create a user account where further replies to your questions will be sent.

Ask a question