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Israel was allegedly behind the Stingray spy devices discovered around Washington, D.C. in 2017, according to an explosive new report from Politico, which notes that they were primarily intended to spy on President Donald Trump and his associates. The Israeli government denies the charge, but Politico’s sources include at least three unnamed former U.S. officials who “served in top intelligence and national security posts.”

It was way back in 2014 we announced that Telstra would be shelving its 2G network by 2017, and just ahead of time, the day has finally come.

The 900 MHz mobile network was switched off today, so if you or a loved one have a 2G SIM card, Mobile Handheld, Mobile Broadband, Tablets or wireless Machine-to-Machine (M2M) device it won't work on Telstra's network anymore. You won't be able to make or receive voice calls or SMS, access voicemail or use data services.

Launched in 1993, Vodafone's 2G GSM network will retire on 30 September 2017.

The 2G network today is carrying less than one per cent of the company's data traffic, and around two per cent of its voice traffic -- with 4G now looking after almost 80 per cent of data traffic.

How will the billion people who still use older 2G mobile phones use them to pay for goods, just like people with smartphones equipped with near-field communications (NFC) wireless links? One answer is to place a tiny 2G base station at the point of sale so that those older non-NFC phones can also make a short-range transaction securely.

Josh Taylor over at ZDNet has picked up on the fact that Optus has been quietly upgrading its 2G network over the past few weeks, with certain base towers in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide supporting EDGE speeds. Other towers around the country will probably need a little bit of work before the update becomes network-wide.

The world is in its 3G stage and moving towards 4G but there was a time when 2G, or second generation, handsets were all the rage. Back in the day, in the early days of 2000, this little black duck was carrying one of the coolest handsets on the planet - the Nokia 7110. It looked a lot like the phone Neo uses in The Matrix. Press a button and cover snapped down to reveal the keypad.

I must have slept through the Vodafone announcement that as part of their ongoing 3G upgrade, which should finish by the end of this month and brings 3G service to 94 per cent of the population, they were also boosting their 2G network. But boosting it they are!