News: Singapore to cease 2G telco services from April 2017

The mobile operators – M1, Singtel and StarHub will cease the provision of all 2G services in Singapore with effect from 1 April, 2017 . (as seen on CNA – www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/telcos-to-end-2g-services/1916108.html)

This cease will apply to 2G voice, messaging and data services.

Singapore’s extensive modern 3G and 4G mobile networks has led to high smartphone ownership and usage rates and to better cater for consumers’ increased demand for mobile data and faster access speeds, the spectrum currently used for 2G will be used to provide faster, more advanced 3G and 4G services.

Today, the majority of mobile customers are on 3G and 4G networks, only an extremely small percentage of customers remain on 2G-only mobile devices. The mobile operators will continue to reach out to affected 2G users through various channels as relevant, including SMS, calls and posters at their retail outlets, in the run-up to the 2G network closure.

There are a wide range of 3G and 4G handsets is also available at different price points to enable customers to migrate to newer networks conveniently. Customers currently on 2G-only handsets will only need to place their SIM cards into a 3G or 4G device to enjoy 3G/4G service immediately, and existing users using 3G and 4G handsets will not be affected.

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Some upgrade offers from Singtel:

Offers subject to change depending on handset availability. For the latest information on Singtel’s upgrade offers, please visit www.singtel.com/goodbye2g

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Information as kindly shared by Singtel.

Well it’s not an immediate cease of service for all 3 telco, there’s still about 22 months to switch.
Do take this time to look through to plans and services and make the switch.