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Sale of 2G mobile devices for local use to be banned from Jan 1

Sale of 2G mobile devices for local use to be banned from Jan 1
The sale of 2G-only mobile devices, such as mobile phones and point-of-sales terminals, will be banned in Singapore from Jan 1 next year. TODAY/Wee Teck Hian
Published: 10:44 AM, December 7, 2016
Updated: 12:08 AM, December 8, 2016

SINGAPORE — The sale of 2G-only mobile devices, such as mobile phones and point-of-sales terminals, will be banned in Singapore from Jan 1 next year.

Retailers and equipment suppliers with a Dealer’s Individual Licence (DIL) may continue to sell 2G-only mobile devices for export purposes and/or overseas use from that date, said the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) on Wednesday (Dec 7).

The IMDA will work with the three telcos — M1, Singtel and StarHub — to help 2G users migrate to 3G or 4G networks.

Such users may upgrade their devices while still maintaining their current plans and prices with no additional subscription costs, it added. 

Consumers and businesses are advised to replace their 2G-only mobile devices with 3G- or 4G-capable mobile devices before April 1 next year to avoid disruption to their mobile services. 

Retailers and equipment suppliers who are found to be selling unregistered 2G-only mobile devices for local use after the new ruling kicks in could face a financial penalty, the IMDA said.