CDMA shutdown set for April 28

Voice & Data magazine staff

Australia's CDMA mobile network will cease operations on 28 April — less than two weeks from today — the Communications Minister Stephen Conroy announced this morning.

Senator Conroy said that he was satisfied Telstra had met the requirements to allow closure of the CDMA network.

Telstra Country Wide group managing director Geoff Booth welcomed the confirmation.

Booth said Telstra will now begin contacting customers still on the CDMA network, informing them of the decision and urging them to upgrade to its Next G network before the CDMA cut-off date.

"We will be sending all CDMA customers a further letter and text messages to make sure they are aware of the final closure date, which is now just two weeks away," he said.

Booth said the telco will keep the 1800 888 888 Next G assistance hotline — for customers experiencing "genuine issues" with their Next G handset — open until 1 July 2008 to help facilitate the transition.

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