TIM says goodbye to the 3G network, here's what will happen

TIM says goodbye to the 3G network, here's what will happen

TIM says goodbye to the 3G network

After Vodafone, TIM also officially launches the procedures for the disposal of 3G connectivity in favor of 4G and 5G networks. This is declared by the company itself, which on the official blog announces the shutdown, starting from April 2022, of the 3G network throughout the country.

Users with older smartphones, which do not yet support 4G connectivity, they therefore have a few months to prepare for this great change.

The cases taken into consideration by TIM in its official communication are three: customers who own devices with 3G connectivity, smartphone owners 4G first generation, which still do not support the Voice over Network (VoLTE) 4G service, and finally those who have a SIM card with a capacity of less than 128k, which only supports mobile network services up to 3G.

In all these cases, consumers will receive, over the next few weeks, a personal communication on their telephone number with more information on the discontinuation of the 3G network and on the options available. For owners of non-compatible telephones, TIM strongly recommends evaluating their replacement with a smartphone compatible with new network technologies, including the VoLTE service.

TIM centers have equipped themselves with basic range devices whose price ranges from 60 to 100 euros, to ensure an upgrade accessible even to those in conditions of economic hardship. If, on the other hand, you want to take advantage of the opportunity to buy a new leased smartphone, further options are available, including devices with 5G connectivity such as the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G.

SIM card holders with a capacity of less than 128k will instead be invited by SMS to go to a TIM center to request a replacement without losing their number. The operation actually requires 15 euros, which will however be reimbursed within 24 hours on the remaining credit of the SIM. According to the MondoMobileWeb newspaper, the Unlimited Minutes Free promotion for voice traffic will also be activated.

What will become of non-compatible devices after the switch-off of the 3G network? The devices will continue to work, make and receive calls and send SMS using the 2G network, but as can be expected, Internet browsing will be extremely slowed down. In terms of network infrastructures, on the other hand, TIM promises to upgrade the 4G network over the next few months, which currently covers more than 99% of the Italian territory, and the new 5G, of which TIM has the best mobile coverage and the most high speed in Italy.

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