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Seniors’ guide to the 3G shutdown

With the help of Konec Mobile, be prepared for the transition from 3G to 4G network – and get 50% off a new phone too.

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In the rapidly evolving world of technology, we’ve grown comfortable with the familiar. Many of us have relied on 3G mobile devices for years, and they have served us well.

However, it’s crucial to know that Australian 3G networks are on the brink of obsolescence. Vodafone is set to close its 3G towers by year-end, followed by Telstra by June 2024, and Optus in September 2024. That’s less than a year away.

Why the urgency?

Key points

  • Australian 3G networks are on the brink of obsolescence – Vodafone will close its 3G towers by year-end, followed by Telstra in June 2024, and Optus in September 2024.

  • If you own and use a 3G-only mobile device for calls, texts, and internet browsing, you will need to upgrade to 4G or higher device.

  • Konec Mobile – a trusted partner of National Seniors Australia – is offering 50% off a brand-new 4G enabled device, the OPPO A38, with purchase of a Konec 90-day or 365-day plan.

  • Konec Mobile has friendly customer service to help with purchase and activation to make the transition to 4G as smooth as possible.

You might be wondering, why the rush? Well, 3G technology is no longer able to keep up with the increasing demands of our digital lives. With the 3G shutdown, older devices that rely on this network will lose their connectivity.

This means that if you wish to continue making calls, texts, and internet browsing, you'll need to upgrade to a 4G or higher device.

Recent reports reveal that millions of Australians still use 3G-only devices, and many of them are unaware of the impending shutdown. This transition affects everyone, including seniors who would not normally prioritise a mobile phone upgrade.

The shutdown doesn’t just affect our smartphones; some critical medical devices also rely on 3G networks. Ensuring the functionality of these devices is essential for the wellbeing of many people.

Understanding the upgrade: From 3G to 4G/5G

Upgrading to 4G or higher means moving from an older, slower network to a newer, faster, and more efficient one. 3G technology has been around for quite some time, and while it served us well in the past, it’s simply unable to meet the demands of our modern digital lives.

With 4G and 5G, you can enjoy faster internet browsing, smoother video streaming, improved call quality, and the ability to use data-intensive apps without hiccups. But don’t worry, if you’re not interested in video streaming and downloading big apps, you can use 4G network as you used 3G – to simply connect to loved ones and the world around you.

Konec Mobile

So, what can you do to navigate this transition with confidence? Introducing Konec Mobile, a trusted National Seniors Australia partner.

Konec Mobile is here to help you “Konec” to what’s next – and in this case, this means upgrading to 4G without complications or breaking the bank. Konec Mobile uses the Telstra Wholesale Mobile Network, a trusted Australian network.

Konec Mobile knows that switching telco providers can seem like a complicated process. But Konec is here to make the transition as smooth as possible. The sign-up process is straightforward and you can keep your current number or choose a new one from the available options.

Interested in upgrading but may need some assistance? Konec Mobile has got your back. The customer service team is ready to help you every step of the way.

Whether you prefer email or a good old-fashioned phone call, it's just a click or dial away. Reach out at or call 1300 4 KONEC. Konec is always happy to answer your questions, or even assist with the purchase or activation process.

Upgrade your network for less with Konec Mobile

If the upcoming 3G shutdown isn’t enough to spark an upgrade (and as you’ve read in this article, it should!), Konec Mobile has the perfect offer for you – get a huge 50% off a brand-new 4G device, the OPPO A38, when you purchase either a Konec 90 Day or Konec 365 Day Plan.

This fantastic phone retails at $259, but with this offer, you can have it for just $129 when you also buy a plan. This deal is only offered with Konec Mobile – you won’t find value like this anywhere else. 

If the OPPO A38 isn’t for you, Konec Mobile offers other Prepaid Phone Bundles, which includes a discounted phone bundled with a prepaid plan on our network. We’re all about providing affordable alternatives that don’t compromise on quality.

As a member of National Seniors Australia, you unlock an automatic 10% off all Konec Mobile products* – just enter NSA10 at checkout and you’ll get 10% off any plan or bundle. Learn More Here.

Change can be daunting, but it can also be an opportunity for growth and improvement. The 3G shutdown isn't a roadblock; it's a pathway to a better mobile experience.

Konec Mobile is committed to providing you with top-quality mobile network services, unbeatable value, and the support you need in this time of transition.

Want to learn more about Konec Mobile? Head to our partner page on the NSA Website, or head directly to for more information.


*National Seniors Australia discount (NSA10) cannot be used with the OPPO A38 promotion. NSA10 is only available on full price Konec Mobile products, not on those already discounted. Code can be used once per order for a new SIM or Bundle only. Cannot be used for recharges or add-ons. 

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