The sun has set on 2G in the US, Norway killed its FM radio broadcasts... old wireless tech is dying. But Vodafone Netherlands seems to be ahead of schedule Ė it wants to shut down its 3G network in January 2020.
The reasoning behind this that the country is still way behind on its 4G LTE rollout and Vodafone wants to free up the spectrum used by 3G to boost 4G coverage. But thereís a twist.
Vodafone wants to keep the 2G network as fallback. And this will work only for calling and texting, for some reason 2G data isnít active in the Netherlands. So when it comes to Internet connectivity it will be LTE or nothing two years from now.
Hit the Source link to visit Vodafoneís test page to verify that your phone is LTE-enabled. It should be, unless itís quite old (and it will be even older by 2020). Still, itís worth keeping in mind not to buy 3G-only phones (like a certain Nokia that just upgraded from being 2G-only).
Again, this is Vodafone Netherlands. Thereís no word from other branches if they will follow suit.
I think it's the right way: A 3G device has always 2G so it'll keep working (no need to immediate replacement) 2G only device are most M2M or fixed: they need few bandwidth and are often difficult or expensive to upgrade (stuff like home alarms,...
Greatly depends on terrain (and height from sea-level of the tower), but GSM (2G) has its range limited due to the timeslots (something like 72KM in ER GSM -- with tricks maybe over 100KM), while 3G (and 4G) have been show to work over 200KM -- and d...
2.5G has a max range of 30 km to the base station, 3G 1.6 km or so (not 100% sure on that one). So for sparsely populated areas (which the Netherlands have quite a bit of), sticking to 2G may be practical for Vodaphone.