Newly issued prepaid SIM cards will no longer support 2G handsets, say telcos

Newly-issued prepaid SIM cards in Singapore will no longer support 2G handsets from Nov 15, 2016, the three telcos said in a joint statement on Wednesday (Nov 9).
Newly-issued prepaid SIM cards in Singapore will no longer support 2G handsets from Nov 15, 2016, the three telcos said in a joint statement on Wednesday (Nov 9). PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - Newly issued prepaid SIM cards in Singapore will no longer support 2G handsets from Nov 15, the three telcos said in a joint statement on Wednesday (Nov 9).

This is to ensure that mobile users migrate in time for the closure of 2G networks next April, M1, Singtel and StarHub said.

Customers purchasing prepaid SIM cards will be kept informed progressively at point-of-sale and other channels, they said.

While existing prepaid SIM cards will not be affected, the telcos urged customers to upgrade to 3G or 4G-capable handsets early to make the transition to 3G and 4G networks.