Telstra Is Very Formally Killing Its '3G' Network

We've known that Telstra would be losing the 2100Mhz part of its 3G network for some time; it was a legacy of the early 3G tie-up between Telstra and 3 due to be switched over in August. Telstra's started notifying customers early, so if you're still on an 2100Mhz 3G phone, you can expect a letter just like this to drop through your letterbox any day now.

Telstra will still operate its 850Mhz "Next-G" network into the future, but if you're on an older device, your time is limited, as per the letter that Telstra customers are getting. Yes, that's right; a physical letter. Thanks to Fester for sending this in; I was somewhat surprised Telstra didn't notify customers via email or SMS, but there you go.

Update: Fester tells me that when he called through, he was told that as the service was ending, he'd be let out of his contract. That's not confirmed by Telstra at this stage, but could be worth checking if you did happen to be on a 2100Mhz-only contract phone product.

In side Telstra news, the carrier has also confirmed that it will offer the new iPad, though no pricing as yet. Lifehacker will run an updated Planhacker when all details are confirmed.


    i have a galaxy nexus and i got this letter, is that right? or would it be from my old nexus s which was bought from the states?

    Does that mean that quad band phones which have 2100Mhz will have reduced reception or reduced coverage in certain areas?

    Bring it on. I hate it when my Samsung Galaxy Note selects the slower 3TELSTRA network.

      You know that it only does that when Telstra don't have Next G coverage at your location, right?

        You know that only happens in theory, not in reality, right?

        Some devices simply ignore the network priority list, as well.

    is HTC Desire 2100 only?

      If you bought a non-Telstra one there is a chance it could be. There are ones in Europe that don't get onto the 850 MHz frequency. That's probably what it was. All Telstra htc desires can get onto the 850mhz frequency.

    So is it Telstra that own that 2100Mhz band? If so perhaps they will use it for LTE and then the new iPad will work!

      Telstra, VHA and Floptus all have spectrum holdings in the 2100MHz band.

      Despite what Angus has implied from the letter, Telstra are not killing off all their 2100MHz coverage, AFAIK - just the concept that they run a 2100MHz 3G network. There will still be patches of 2100MHz 3G.

      Pre-Paid customers have been receiving SMS about this for some time now.

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