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Is T-Mobile Pushing EoL for 3G Back?

T-Mobile _ NWIDAAccording to a report on AndroidPolice (link below) T-Mobile may be pushing their End of Life date on 3G. 

In fact, T-Mobile hasn’t/won’t make its plans to kill off its (and Sprint’s) 3G networks exactly known. Over the past several months, T-Mobile for Business customers have been receiving letters about the details for the device requirements as the company begins shutting down its CDMA and other 3G networks. Originally, the dates provided were: 

  • The network would no longer accept CDMA-only devices and phones without T-Mobile VoLTE support starting January 1.
  • It would block all new activations for devices that only support T-Mobile 2G or 3G beginning January 30.
  • T-Mobile’s UMTS 3G network was scheduled to close down on October 1.
  • Sprint’s CDMA 3G network will follow “on or around January 1, 2022.”
  • T-Mobile’s 2G network would be shut on or about December 31, 2022.

Two of those milestones have now been delayed according to a source to The T-Mo Report. The block on 2G and 3G device activations has been put on hold indefinitely while the UMTS shutdown won’t happen until April 2022, 6 months later than planned.

According to an internal document from last July, consumer T-Mobile customers, Metro by T-Mobile, and all other MVNO customers were supposedly stopped from activating devices that don’t support T-Mobile’s VoLTE protocol starting in August – and that the company planned to remoe existing non-compliant devices off the network at the turn of the year.

However, there hasn’t been a general notice on the 2G and 3G shutdowns.

Link to original article here


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