The Age of 3G is Coming to an End in 2025

3G is Being Phased Out in NZ in 2025 with NZ Compare
Thursday, March 21, 2024

Many mobile phone providers in New Zealand have made the call to shut down their 3G services towards the end of 2025. 

This announcement comes in light of the industry wanting to focus on and further expand their 4G and 5G coverage. 

3G is the oldest generation of cellular mobile technology. Its introduction to the world changed the way we become connected to the digital space forever, fostering a society where we can work and stream on the go. However, it has since been surpassed by the incredible developments of 4G and 5G technology, which can deliver incredibly fast mobile data speeds and unlock an even more innovative digital landscape.

So, what does this mean for you?

You’ll Need a VoLTE Capable Phone

If you have a VoLTE capable 4g or 4G/ 5G, make sure it isn’t locked to 3G. There are a couple of ways to check this. You can follow these steps: 

  1. Go into the phone settings
  2. Check the mobile network is on ‘Auto’ or the 4G/5G and VoLTE toggle is on. 


You can just check the phone signal at the top of the screen. If it most often reads 3G, it is likely that you have a phone locked to 3G. 

But if you have the word VoLTE displayed at the top of the phone, next to the signal bar indicator, then you have a phone capable and enabled for VoLTE. 

If you have a 3G locked phone, you will need to look at upgrading your phone before 3G shuts down in 2025. You can use PriceMe to shop for phones, compare models, prices, and find the best deal on your device upgrade. It has never been a better time to unlock the future!

Are you Travelling Overseas?

Mobile operators in some countries are also in the process of shutting down 3G services. Some of them have already gone. If you don’t have a phone that is capable of VoLTE technology, you might not be able to connect to mobile data services while roaming. You don’t want to not have access to the internet while you're exploring new destinations! Mobile data streamlines overseas trips by helping you navigate, keep in touch with family back home, and book restaurants while out and about. Stay connected to the technology of the future and upgrade your phone. 

Upgrade your Phone

Jump on PriceMe to shop for the latest gadgets. From the sparkling new iPhone 15, to the worldclass Samsung Galaxy S24 series, or even the humble Oppo range. PriceMe will help match you with the best phone and the best deal. 

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Further reading: 

Mobile Phone Security: 8 Tips for Protecting your Information and Privacy

A Guide to Mobile Phone Comparison

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