Do you need mobile phone repairs when the 2G network gets shut down?
The 2G network, introduced in the early 1990s, looks to be shut done by the end of 2016 for Telstra customers, a little later for Optus.
Coming after the retroactively dubbed 1G the 2G was the first fully digital mobile phone system; the previous 1G used digital signalling with analogue voice transmission. 2G allowed a far greater number of simultaneous calls to be made, and used far less battery power than the previous systems, allowing significantly longer calling time. It was this network that really introduced the public to the mobile phone system.
2G network systems were the first providers of the SMS communications, and the first phones to move away from heavy, bulky handsets to flat wallet sized devices. Later introductions include the first credit payments and first downloadable content. Downloadable ringtones appeared in 1998.
The 2G system was also the network that had a form of smartphone with 1993’s IBM Simon. With 1.8 Mb (yes, Megabyte) memory card the phone seems fairly lame by todays standard. Internet services started to be connected on later phones in about 1999, though the 2G network was really being augmented by the 2.75G by this time. It was 3G that really made such computer connections possible.
The 2G network has actually done well to survive for a quarter of a century. Most people update their phones every few years, and have inadvertently updated to 3G or better in the process. Nonetheless there is still about 1% of the present calls still using 2G. Within a year they will be forced to make an upgrade.
There will undoubtedly be a few individuals who think they need mobile phone repairs when the 2G finally goes offline. In truth they will either need a new SIM card or a whole new phone. Any phone not capable of taking a SIM to connect to 3G must be a decade or more old, and this is bound to be rare.
Almost anybody using an iPhone needs repairs or upgrade as these are well past the 2G ear. Any smartphones or internet savvy devices are also more advanced than 2G, and not need phone repairs. Other devices that cease to work can be taken to Sydney Mobile phone repair. In many cases companies like Telstra will replace SIM cards, providing an n upgrade, for no charge.