The National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH) and the Hungarian Ministry of Innovation and Technology announced in October 2021 that they joined forces with the International Development and Fund Coordination Agency Co. (IDEFA) to launch a large-scale targeted funding programme for the replacement of mobile devices. Under the initiative people using telephones not suitable for high quality mobile internet use, will receive modernisation grants in the amount of HUF 20 000 to replace their phones to at least 4G-enabled devices. The funds may be claimed from 14 February.
The registration option for dealer companies who intend to take part in the mobile device replacement funding programme initiated by the National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH) has been made available on the website of the International Development and Fund Coordination Agency (https://mobilcsere.nffku.hu/). Interested companies, dealers, mobile service providers have until 31 January 2022 to register.
The programme for mobile device replacement was launched by the infocommunications authority because market expectations and service providers' statements suggest that 3G technology will be phased out in Hungary between 2022 and the first half of 2023. Every natural person who has an active device enabling no higher than 2G or 3G reception and has a place of residence in Hungary is eligible for the funding. First, 3G-enabled devices may be replaced with the help of the funding between 14 February and 8 May, then 2G-enabled devices may be replaced until the budget is exhausted or until 17 July.
On its netrefel.hu website the infocommunications authority gives a precise description of who is eligible for the funding, under what conditions and to what amount. For further official information about the funding programme and the detailed guidelines for applicants please go to the website of the International Development and Fund Coordination Agency carrying out the programme (https://mobilcsere.nffku.hu/).