SHUT DOWN OF 2G NETWORK EFFECTIVELY PREVENTS FOREIGN WORKERS CONTACTING LOVED ONES?

Dear A.S.S. Editor

With the 2G Mobile network nearing its shut down date next month, it is the foreign workers who are going to be the ones most affected by it. Ordinary Singaporeans would most likely already be on 3G or 4G networks, and those who are still on 2G, can just change without any qualms.

But for the foreign worker, like our Bangla construction workers, the shut down of the 2G network will really hit them hard. Currently, most of them just use the 2G phones to call back their families, just to chat with them, being away in a foreign land.But soon they can only call their families using at least a 3G network phone. That means buying a smart phone, which cost at least $100 for the lower end ones. Where can they find money to buy such phones?

Such smart phones are a luxury items to these workers. Unfortunately, whether they can afford it or not, they still need a phone to stay in touch with their families, and also as a means of contact for them when in Singapore, in case they need to go for medical check-ups or for any other matters concerning their work.

Question is, how many of them can actually afford such a luxury? Are we denying them a chance to talk to their families starting from next month onwards?

Elvin Pang

A.S.S. Contributor

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