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 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 theres 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 isnt 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 Vodafones test page to verify that your phone is LTE-enabled. It should be, unless its quite old (and it will be even older by 2020). Still, its 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. Theres no word from other branches if they will follow suit.
Source | Via (in Dutch)