Vodafone is gradually phasing out its 3G coverage in the UK, replacing it with strengthened 4G and 5G services.
- The switch off allows 3G radio frequencies to be used for faster, more efficient 4G and 5G services.
- 2G will remain for calls and texts with services such as Voice over 4G and WiFi Calling also available.
- Vodafone is providing extra support to vulnerable customers through communications campaigns and its new Digital Skills Helpline.
Following successful switch-off pilots across Plymouth and Basingstoke in February 2023, Vodafone has announced its plans to start switching off the remainder of its UK 3G network from June 2023.
The decision to switch-off 3G – which is in line with all UK mobile network operators – will see 3G coverage gradually phased out and replaced by strengthened 4G and 5G services, so customers across more parts of the UK can access more reliable connectivity. Vodafone’s 2G network, which currently covers over 99% of the UK population, will remain in place for calls and texts.
The retirement of Vodafone’s 3G network is also an important part of the strategy to reach Net Zero for its UK operation by 2027, with modern 5G networks being much more energy efficient. Sending a terabyte of data across the 5G network uses just 7% of the energy used to send the same amount of data across the 3G network.