Samsung and Micromax are planning to discontinue 2G phones. According to a report both would rather focus on faster 3G and 4G networks, citing reasons such as prices of phones supporting faster networks have dropped.
As per the report, people related to three leading retail chains have revealed that both companies have informed them as well as trade partners about discontinuing 2G phones. Micromax CEO also told the news site that the focus has shifted to 4G phones with increasing number of telcos launching the service. Micromax already has 14 models supporting 4G. Out of the 25 models launched by Samsung this year, 16 are 4G enabled. Such phones would ideally also be capable of connecting to 2G networks
The report also adds that services by Reliance Jio Infocomm has also compelled other telcos to be prepared to compete in the high-speed network space.
A recent report also revealed that India is expected to have 9 crore 4G subscribers and 18 crore 4G smartphones by 2018.