Optus Says Bye-Bye To 2G Network

Optus Says Bye-Bye To 2G Network

Optus has called it quits on its 2G network, saying it will be shut down in April 2017. You should probably let your grandparents know about it.

The telco released a statement today saying it will re-allocate some of the 2G spectrum to make improvements on its other mobile networks and services.

While people are already on faster 3G and 4G networks, there is still a small percentage of the population that refuses to move from 2G. It’s generally those from the older generations who are stubbornly sticking with their 2G mobile devices from the 1990s. (I’m pretty sure my grandpa is one of them. I should really buy him a new phone.)

For those who also know people who are still using Optus 2G mobiles, do them a favour and inform them of the network’s impending demise. At least they have a couple of years to research those newfangled new “smartphones”.


  • I think you need to check your time lines on when 2G was released in Australia.

    You will find that GSM/2G wasn’t intro’d until late in the 90’s

    • From the press release linked in the article:

      The Optus 2G GSM network was launched in 1993

      So it was actually the early-mid 90’s, which, like the late 90s, is still part of the 1990’s

  • NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO the Immortal Nokia 3310? Please don’t tell me this is the end of the intrepid device that could snake better than today’s poor excuses (although I guess snake will keep on working 🙂 )

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