That was the first notice all 2G users got six months ahead of the actual closure of the network. This of course meant that all those people had to obtain a new phone to be able to continue to make and receive calls. I was one of those users.
Some research and I found a nice flip phone that would suit me well. It looked nice and promised to be simple to use too. Next thing find out where to get it at the best price. It was available on eBay, but there were a series of models. I looked through them all and decided on the one I wanted. Put in my order, and THEN read the small print.
Oh NO! I had just ordered a phone that was also a 2G phone. PANIC! Quickly a message to the seller to let them know that I had made a mistake. "Please don't send it." Looking at the next model up, I carefully read the small print. There was nothing about it being 2G, so making the assumption that it was 3G, I wrote and asked whether they would let me pay the extra and get this model instead. That was agreed upon and I eagerly awaited my new phone.
The sellers told me that it should arrive by 5th October, so I waited. I was given a tracking number and checked online. However, once in Australia, overseas tracking numbers can only be checked by phoning in, so I did, on the 13th October. I was politely informed that my phone had arrived at an Australia Post facility on 2nd October. I enquired as to when it had left the facility and was informed that there was no record of it leaving the facility, so i asked whether it was normal for a parcel to be in the facility for 11 days? Well, no. So could she please ask someone to look for my parcel? Well, no, because this is a fully automated facility and there are no people there.
Well, I beg to differ. There must be someone there who opens the door to let the parcels in and again to let them out, so there must be at least ONE person there. The reply was that they were not able to look because it was not my parcel. You see, according to Australia Post, the mail belongs to the sender until it is delivered to the addressee. So, back to the seller and ask them to put in a search request.
Now I had visions of my parcel having been dodged off the conveyer belt by some huge purchase of another buyer, and tumbling through the cogs and wheels under the conveyer, and slowly being pulverized as the wheels kept turning and my poor phone did not have anywhere to go.
After the exchange of several messages with the seller, they agreed to post me a second phone.