In line with a previously announced timetable, Taiwan’s mobile operators have stopped offering 2G services. The China Post reports that all GSM-based cellular services have been discontinued, affecting around 60,000 subscribers belonging to Chunghwa Telecom, 20,000 signed up with Taiwan Mobile, and around 8,000 contracted to Far EasTone.
Following the 2G network shutdowns, subscribers are unable to make any outbound calls, except to emergency numbers, while the sending and receiving of text messages or use of data service are also no longer possible. Those customers still utilising a 2G-only handset are able to visit one of their network provider’s service centres to purchase a new 3G- or 4G-capable device, and should they opt to do so their existing number can be retained. It is understood that there will be a six-month grace period in which 2G numbers will be held, but should customers not elect to switch to a 3G/4G service before the end of December the number will be lost.