According to an article in Light Reading (link below) T-Mobile has decided to turn off its 2G GSM network on April 2, 2024.
“Across the industry, wireless companies have retired older network technologies as part of an important progression to ensure all customers can enjoy a more advanced 4G and 5G network,” T-Mobile explained on its website. “Moving customers who are on old networks onto modern, advanced high-speed networks means they will need to have phones and devices that can tap into the latest technologies.”
T-Mobile’s 2G shutdown will happen almost seven years after AT&T shut down their 2G network, which happened in 2017.
“2G is still useful because the FM modulation (like the stereo in the car) travels a long distance,” analyst Joe Madden of Mobile Experts told Light Reading in 2021. “There are millions of IoT devices that use 2G (example: a coke machine in the basement of the college dorm) where no other signal can penetrate. 3G and LTE are not really a good substitute, although NB-IoT is now able to replace GSM with similar long-range characteristics.”
T-Mobile shut down Sprint’s 3G network on March 31, 2022, and its 4G network on June 30, 2022. They also shut its own 3G network on July 1, 2022.
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