3G Network Switch Off
The mobile networks are closing down the 3G network to start using 4G and 5G services which are faster. Not only that, the 5G network is ten times more energy efficient and more reliable. As an example the 3G network only offers a maximum download speed of approximately 21 Mbps.
Which Networks are affected?
All networks are switching off 3G however Vodafone are the first UK network to roll this out with EE and Three following in 2024 and Virgin Media O2 in 2025. Although Vodafone have already started the 3G switch-off in some parts of the UK, it will be early 2024 before the whole network is switched off.
Already affected are Plymouth, Basingstoke, Hull, Oxford and Glasgow.
When will 3G be switched off in Norfolk?
We don’t yet have specific information about the 3G network switch off in Norfolk however we will update this page as soon as we receive more information from the network.
What’s the Solution?
To continue using internet based services you will need to make sure have a modern 4G device. Without this your smartphone will be restricted to Wi-Fi only internet usage.
How to check if your phone is 3G or 4G
On an Android smartphone, go to Settings, Network Settings, Mobile Network. Your device will show you a menu of mobile networks available. If your phone doesn’t show an option as 4G (or LTE) then you don’t have 4G available.
How to switch to a 4G device
Don’t delay, visit one of our stores as soon as possible and we can show you 4G devices which you can switch too. It doesn’t necessarily have to cost you any extra per month if you are due an upgrade on your Pay Monthly Account. We have great offers for 4G smartphones such as this FREE Motorola G32 at £22 per month.
Check out your nearest store here.