I got a text from Vodafone (my network provider in the UK) to say that they are closing their 3G network next year and that “as my phone uses 3G for texts and calls” I’ll “need a newer one to experience a better connection on our 4G network”. Can anyone here tell me if this is right, and if so, recommend options to deal with it?
You tagged your post with “Fairphone 2”, so I assume you got one. Fairphone 2 supports 4G, so no worries about the phone. Maybe you use an old contract which doesn’t include 4G network in case? If you have a direct contract with the network provider, they should automatically upgrade you to use 4G without additional costs.
Do you use one SIM only or do you use dual SIM? In FP2 there is only one SIM slot that can support 4G. Also I’m not sure about voice support over 4G network in UK, so it might be the phone downgrades to GSM when receiving voice call or when you initiate a call which might interrupt an ongoing data transfer.
For texts and calls after the 3G shut-off, your phone will, because of its missing VoLTE capability, fall back to 2G which will remain turned on. This has the disadavantage that calls and data won’t be usable simultaneously.
As long as 2G remains turned on, the Dual SIM feature will still be usable. To sum it up, the 3G shut-off is no reason to ditch your FP2.