2degrees to Shut Down 3G Services in New Zealand by Late 2025

2degrees announces the discontinuation of its 3G service in New Zealand, focusing on the expansion of 4G and 5G networks.


  • 2degrees will shut down its 3G service by the end of 2025 to prioritize the development of 4G and 5G networks.
  • The company will expand 4G coverage to areas currently reliant on 3G services.
  • Direct communication will be initiated with customers using 3G devices to facilitate the transition.

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2degrees to Shut Down 3G Services in New Zealand by Late 2025

2degrees, New Zealand telco, has revealed plans to discontinue its 3G service by the end of 2025. According to the company, the decision was made to focus on expanding its 4G and 5G networks as newer and more advanced generations have surpassed 3G technology.

Also Read: 2degrees Acquires MyRepublic New Zealand Broadband Base

2degrees emphasized that while 3G has been a reliable technology, the time has come to phase it out and focus on newer technologies. This aligns with the global trend of telcos repurposing the 3G spectrum for 5G purposes.

Expanding 4G Coverage

To ensure a seamless transition, 2degrees will expand its 4G coverage to areas currently dependent on 3G services. The company said it will directly communicate with customers still using 3G devices or handsets that are incompatible with 4G. Additionally, the company said older 4G handsets that fall back to 3G for calling will need to be replaced within the next two and a half years.

Also Read: Spark to Close Its 3G Network in New Zealand in Late 2025

4G-Ready Devices and Compatibility

Most consumers and businesses should not have any problems because incompatible handsets have not been on the market for a while, according to the telco.

However, the majority of consumers and businesses are not expected to face any issues, as incompatible handsets have not been available for some time. Moreover, 2degrees said it offers 4G-ready mobile devices starting at NZD 119, enabling calling, texting, and data usage without relying on 3G.

Also Read: 2degrees Launches Hyperfibre With 2 Gbps and 4 Gbps Internet Speeds

Sustainability Practices

In line with its commitment to sustainability, 2degrees said it encourages customers to participate in the RE:MOBILE program, allowing them to drop off their old devices at any 2degrees store.

The transition from 3G to 4G and 5G signifies a significant step forward in enhancing mobile network capabilities, allowing telecommunications providers to deliver enhanced services.

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