T-Mobile said Wednesday that Sprint’s 3G network shutdown is progressing as planned, beginning March 31. As part of the shutdown process, the company said in an emailed statement The edgeit will migrate customers over the next 60 days “to ensure they are supported and not left without connectivity, and the network will be fully powered down no later than May 31.”
previous reports recommended that the actual shutdown date was pushed back to May 31, which would have been the second delay; T-Mobile originally wanted to phase out the network in January, but announced in October that it would extend the deadline to March 31.
As one of the conditions of the 2020 merger of T-Mobile and Sprint Dish has acquired Boost Mobile in July 2020, aiming for Dish to take Sprint’s place as the fourth wireless carrier in the United States. After T-Mobile announced it was planning to do so Shutdown of Sprint’s CDMA network, the two companies who criticized each other; Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen in comparison T-Mobile to the Grinch; T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert wrote in a blog post that Dish was “dragging his feet to upgrade its customers to the superior 4G/5G world.”
At stake is the impact the shutdown will have on Dish’s Boost Mobile customers. The department for This was announced by Justice Dish Network and T-Mobile in a July 2021 Letter that it has “serious concerns” about the shutdown of Sprint’s legacy network and urged the companies to take “all appropriate steps” to reduce the impact on customers who rely on the network.
When T-Mobile announced the delay until the end of March, T-Mobile gave one statement said its “partners” had failed in “their responsibility to help their customers through this transition” and that it would “step up” on behalf of the customers. That appeared to be a thinly veiled reference to Dish Network, whose executive vice president of External Legislative Affairs Jeff Blum said The edge at the time when COVID-related issues and supply chain bottlenecks had slowed customer upgrades. He said the March delay was an admission by T-Mobile that shutting down the CDMA network could have a negative impact on consumers who rely on it.
Update March 30 2:33pm ET: Clarifies that shutdown will begin on March 31st and will be fully shut down by May 31st.
https://www.theverge.com/2022/3/30/23002956/tmobile-shutdown-date-push-back-sprint-3g-dcma-network-dish T-Mobile is beginning the shutdown of Sprint’s 3G network, which is expected to be completed “no later than May 31.”