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Three to Shut Down Australian Network at Midnight

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Customers on the Three network in Australia are being reminded that their service will be shut down at the end of today.

Customers still using the service have until midnight to either migrate over to the Vodafone network, or port their number to another network. Once the Three service closes, the customers will also lose their phone numbers and wont be able to migrate them to alternative providers.

Vodafone Australia -- which is actually a 50:50 joint venture between Vodafone and Hutchison Whampoa -- announced that the Three network would close down earlier this year.

Hutchison Whampoa launched its Three network in 2003, but in 2009 decided to merge it with Vodafone in a 50:50 joint-venture. Since then the company has been focusing on the Vodafone network and brand.

In 2011, Vodafone stopped offering Three branded services to new customers, although it has supported existing customers.

The company warned that it would shut the network down in June, and has been migrating the remaining "several hundred thousand" customers onto its remaining Vodafone network.

Vodafone said 97 percent of the affected customers had already changed providers but would not disclose an exact number.

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