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Telstra's 3G network is closing 31 August 2024. Text '3" to 3498 to check if your device is impacted. For more information click here

3G network closure 31st August 2024

The 3G network has been around for decades and is no longer suitable for the connectivity needs of today’s customers. Telstra is upgrading their network to deliver better experiences and as part of this upgrade, is transitioning all services off the old 3G network and on to the modern, more efficient and environmentally friendly, 4G and 5G networks. 4G and 5G offer faster speeds, better voice call quality, snappier call connection and calling over Wi-Fi.

Here's some important information that you should read and if appropriate, take action on.

Devices that will be impacted by the closure

Any device that needs a SIM card to operate could be impacted and should be checked. These include: phones, tablets, laptops, security cameras, personal alarms, medical alarms, pet trackers, health monitors.

Impact of the 3G network closure

The impact of the closure depends on the network capability of your current devices but we have summarised what will happen in relation to a mobile phone and what you need to do as follows:

Device network capabilityUsabilityFunctionality after 31st August 2024Recommendation
3G onlyUnusableUnable to make/receive calls Unable to call 000 in emergencies
Unable to send/receive messages
Unable to use mobile data.
Replace device with 4G/5G VoLTE phone
3G+4G
3G+4G+5G
devices that don’t offer VoLTE
PartialUnable to make/receive calls
Unable to call 000 in emergencies
Can send/receive messages
Can use mobile data.
Replace device with 4G/5G VoLTE phone
3G+4G
3G+4G+5G
devices that do offer VoLTE but are hardcoded 3G for 000 calls.
PartialUnable to make/receive calls
Unable to call 000 in emergencies
Can send/receive messages
Can use mobile data.
Replace device with 4G/5G VoLTE phone that is not hardcoded to 3G for 000 calls.
3G+4G
3G+4G+5G
devices that do offer VoLTE
UsableAble to make/receive calls
Able to send/receive messages
Able to use mobile data
No action required

How to check if a device will be impacted by the closure

You can text ‘3’ to 3498 and Telstra will reply with what they believe to be the impact on the device that sent the SMS.

Also, towards the end of May, when you make a call from a device that will be partially or completely unusable after the 3G closure, you’ll hear this recorded voice announcement:

“When Telstra's 3G network closes on 31 August 2024, it’s likely this phone won’t be able to make calls, including emergency calls. Contact your service provider for details”.

If you hear this message, you should upgrade your phone to 4G/5G VoLTE phone that is not hardcoded to 3G for 000 calls.

Please note: Telstra advises that this information may not be 100% accurate or current so as an additional precaution, you should check that your device is 4G VoLTE capable and not hardcoded to 3G for 000 calls with the manufacturer, either in the device specs or on their website.

What is VoLTE and why is it important?

VoLTE enables you to make calls over 4G on the Telstra Wholesale Mobile Network. This means clearer calls and faster connection times.

To access VoLTE and to be able to make and receive calls (including to 000) after 31st August 2024, you will need a 4G/5G device which is compatible with the Telstra Wholesale Network and is VoLTE capable.

Like to hear it from an independent source?

The Telco Industry Regulator’s website (ACMA) has details on the shutdown. To view this click here.

What next?

The closure just around the corner, so now is the time to check all your devices that use the mobile network and take action to ensure you remain connected and with full functionality from 1st September 2024 onwards

If you’d like to more information, we’d love to hear from you so send us a support request from your Konec Mobile account, drop us an email at help@konec.com.au or call us on 1300 4 KONEC Monday to Friday 9am-9pm AEST.