Reminder: Vodafone’s 2G shutdown starts from today
It's time to wave goodbye to that old brick phone, as Vodafone starts shutting down the nation's last 2G network from today.
It's been a while coming, but Vodafone has started the process of shutting down its nationwide 2G network from today. Originally scheduled for 30 September 2017, Vodafone gave its network a delay of execution through to 31 March 2018, before again delaying the shutdown process, not to mention switching it from a nationwide process to one that will be staggered over several months to cover each state in turn.
Specifically, from today Vodafone is shutting off its 2G services in Queensland, so if you're still rocking that classic Nokia handset (no doubt with a few scratches and a somewhat worn number pad), and you're in Queensland, then your time is up and it's time to upgrade.
If you live in Victoria or Tasmania, you've got a couple of weeks left to prepare, with services in those states set to see the chop from 14 May. In Western Australia, the Northern Territory or South Australia you've got until the end of the month, more or less, with Vodafone 2G to cease operations out west from 28 May 2018.
Finally, the last vestiges of Vodafone's 2G networks will be switched off in the ACT and New South Wales from 14 June 2018.
How can I tell if I'm using a 2G handset?
If it's more than about five years old, that's a pretty good start, but strictly speaking, what you want to look for are symbols such as "E", "EDGE", "GPRS" or even "2G" on some handsets.
That's a dead giveaway that your handset is 2G only, or possibly that it's only looking for 2G networks. It may be worth checking phone settings to see if you can in fact access 3G frequencies before opting for a new handset.
If you have a dual SIM phone with a couple of years on it, consult your manufacturer's specifications for your handset. In many cases, the second SIM may work as 2G only, in which case you're going to be limited to it being a single SIM handset, at least in Australia. There are some locations internationally where 2G network frequencies are still used, but within Australia, the end of 2G is coming in the next six weeks.