What’s happening?

Three, iD Mobile’s network partner, has announced it’s phasing out its 3G network and will be switching it off by the end of 2024. At the same time, they’ll continue to invest in rolling out 4G and 5G, meaning more people in more places will be able to take advantage of being on the UK’s Fastest 5G Network, as awarded by Ookla™.

In total, Three are investing £2 billion into the network, and it’ll help deliver far better connectivity, whether you’re streaming, gaming, browsing or video calling. The goal is lightning-fast speed and excellent reliability - to bring you the best mobile experience possible!

What does this mean for me?

If you have a 3G only phone, you’ll be unable to use data, make calls or send text messages on iD Mobile’s network once 3G in your area is switched off.

If you have a 4G Calling (VoLTE) phone, but 4G is disabled within your phone settings, you’ll still be able to send texts and use your data, but you won’t be able to make calls.

Just so you know, some selected countries are also switching off their 3G networks, so you’ll need a 4G compatible phone to make and receive calls, or use data services. Find out if your phone is 4G Calling compatible.

What should I do if my phone is not compatible?

If your phone is not compatible, we recommend upgrading to a phone that supports 4G calling (VoLTE).

4G calling (or VoLTE) is a free iD service that lets you call over a 4G network. Indoor blackspots can stop you from getting connected. But with 4G calling, that's not a problem. It gives you clearer calls in more places than ever before.

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What is 4G Calling (VoLTE)?

4G Calling (VoLTE) is another great iD feature on selected handsets. This free service lets you make and receive calls over our 4G Network.

We know that indoor blackspots can stop you getting connected. With 4G Calling, that's not a problem.

It gives you clearer calls, in more places than ever before.

What is the network coverage like in my area?

You can see whether 4G or 5G coverage is available in your area using this handy network coverage checker.

When will the 3G network be switched off?

The switch off will be starting in April 2024, with the areas outlined in the map below.

3G masts will be switched off starting in the Midlands area of the UK and some Welsh border towns. There may also be isolated changes to 3G in other areas.

We’re reaching out to all customers who are using 3G or 4G (non-VoLTE) compatible phones to let them know when the 3G services will be switched off in their area.

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Why are Three switching off their 3G network?

In December 2021, the UK government announced 2G and 3G will be phased out by 2033. By switching off these networks, Three can focus funds and resources on new, more efficient 4G/5G tech. And that’ll benefit you even more.

Three are not the only network turning off 3G; other networks in the UK and abroad are phasing out their 3G networks too.

When will the 3G switch-off happen?

3G will be phased out slowly, starting in early 2023. We expect it to be switched off by the end of 2024.

I have a 3G device – what should I do?

Your 3G phone will not be able to make calls, send messages or use data services once 3G in your area is turned off. It’s a great time to upgrade to a compatible 4G or 5G device.

My current phone suits my accessibility needs – do I have to change it?

We know it’s important having a phone that does exactly what you need it to. But if the phone you’re using isn’t 4G calling compatible, you won’t be able to use it on our network after 3G is switched off.