With all the information about the Mobile 3G network is closing, it might be worth knowing the Olitech phones should be able to work until at least March 2024 in most areas. This might allay some concerns about purchasing older technology. The Olitech Mobile 4G will launch in November 2019 and the 4G Desktop Phone should arrive in 2021.
Olitech’s site says the phone operates on the 850/900/2100MHz frequencies. The 3 carriers in Australia now only operate these bands:
- Telstra – 3G 850MHz
- Optus – 3G 900MHz
- Vodafone – 3G 900MHz
Mobile Phone Networks
Telstra has scheduled shutdown of its last 3G band March 2024. You can read the full announcement here.
Optus and Vodafone have not released a date yet but are expected to close around the same time though possibly longer.
The following article also has plenty of information to help you make an informed decision;
Introducing the Olitech EasyTel 3G Desktop Phone
The Olitech EasyTel is a home/desktop style phone that uses a micro SIM card instead of a fixed line. It offers the perfect solution for those who don't want or need an NBN phone connection. The EasyTel works on the 3G network; no land line is needed.
- Unlocked to all carriers
- Hearing aid compatible
- Backup battery
- Large, raised buttons with a talking keypad
- Optional pendant and SOS button.
Here is what a recent customer had to say about his purchase;
The Olitech EasyTel 3G Desktop Mobile Phone was a life saver for my parents.
My parents are 98 and 90 yrs of age and are still mobile. They have macular degeneration and have hearing difficulties. We recently built a granny flat behind my residence and they moved in a few weeks ago. Over the last 4 -5 months we have tried various ways to get an NBN connection or a adsl 2 connection for a landline because they are used to and require a phone with large numbers. All attempts to get a connection failed and we were quoted $3,000 - $5,000 and we will need to wait for another 6 months or so for NBN. It is only by researching the internet that I found out about this phone. It has all the features they are used to with a land line / desk top phone but does not need nbn or internet. WHAT A GREAT IDEA. When I took it to a Telstra dealer for the sim card, they were shocked, have not heard about it and loved it. They took photos to brief their team about this phone. Please advertise this phone as I'm sure there are many other older Australians going through the same issues that I had, trying to find a suitable phone - given the installation issues we now face " NO Thanks to NBN". Please pass on my thanks to your team for the insight in developing this phone. My parents love it.