Vodafone has issued a warning to Glasgow customers amid plans to axe its 3G network.

The telecom giant will begin switching off 3G across the city at the end of July.

The move will also impact VOXI customers as its network is powered by Vodafone's network.

The decision to scrap the 3G network across the UK will help the firm strengthen its 4G and 5G networks, the company claims.

Vodafone's 2G network, which currently covers over 99 per cent of the UK population, will remain in place for calls and texts.

As part of the planned switch-off, Vodafone has shared information, guidance, and advice including how to check if a mobile device is 4G capable and how to update software where needed.

Guidance on how to use 4G calling is also available. The information can be accessed here.

Andrea Dona, Vodafone’s network director in the UK, said: “Our focus remains to continue to build the UK’s most reliable mobile network and to continue to do this, we need to ensure our technologies are fit for purpose. 

"3G use has already dropped significantly as most of Vodafone’s customers now use the 4G network.

"Currently less than 4% of the data is used on our 3G network, in comparison to more than 30% in 2016.”

“We’re also strengthening and improving our 4G and 5G coverage and this can only mean good news for our customers as well as the wider UK economy.

"At the same time, we’ve been working hard to make sure our customers are fully aware and have the information and tools they need to support themselves, as well as friends and family through the programme."

Vodafone has partnered with social impact organisation We Are Digital to set up a digital skills helpline for customers that need support with digital technologies.

The helpline is manned by specially trained advisors who can aid callers in setting up a phone or tablet.

Andrea added: "The Digital Skills Helpline is a great asset, bringing customers the skills they may need to make the most of their device.

"On this solid bedrock, now is the time to say goodbye to 3G and focus on the current benefits and future possibilities of our 4G and 5G networks.” 

The Digital Skills Helpline – on 0800 987 4110 – is free to call from any UK mobile or landline, and is open to everyone, whether they are a Vodafone customer or not.

Customers who want to know more about the Vodafone 3G switch-off programme by clicking here or by visiting their local Vodafone store.