The city-state’s Infocomm Media Development Authority has proclaimed that it will de-register 2G-only devices for sale in Singapore starting in the new year. While exports are still allowed, devices for domestic use will not be sold.
Furthermore on April 1, operators in the area will have shut down their last 2G towers. M1, Singtel and Starhub will restack the spectrum with 3G or 4G solutions while customers with 2G phones will be protected from any service plan shuffling, though they will have to eventually get a 3G phone and are advised to do so as soon as possible.
For AT&T in the US, it’ll be a similar, yet difficult task to say goodbye to EDGE and the like on the first of the year, especially as T-Mobile and Verizon have protracted plans to keep 2G alive in the US for a while. Reasons differ between the difficulty of customer migration and Internet of Things appliances’ reliance on the network.