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Sprint’s Network Has Been Formally Deactivated

No more Sprint! The sun has fallen on what was left of Sprint’s awful LTE network.

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No more Sprint! as T-mobile officially shuts off service image illustration/ Credit: (Smarttechvillas)

Key Notes

  • As of Thursday, Sprint’s LTE network has been deactivated by its new owner, T-Mobile.
  • Sprint’s 3G CDMA network was shut down earlier this year, and what remained of T-own Mobile’s 3G network, enters retirement today.
  • In April 2020, T-Mobile officially took ownership of the corporation, including all of its spectrum and network towers, which will ultimately be rebuilt for 5G
  • Sprint’s 3G CDMA network was the first to perish when T-Mobile started to shut down Sprint’s infrastructure in March.
  • Sprint’s LTE network arrived later and was slated to be officially stopped as of Thursday, June 30th, 2022.

The vestiges of Sprint’s network have been put out to pasture. On Thursday, Sprint’s LTE network was decommissioned by its new owner, T-Mobile. That’s together with Sprint’s 3G CDMA network, which was shut down earlier this year, and what remained of T-Mobile’s own 3G network, which enters retirement today. T-Mobile spokesman confirmed to The Verge that the network shutdowns are currently beginning.

It may come as a surprise that any section of Sprint’s network was still active so recently. In April 2020, T-Mobile formally assumed control of the firm, including all of its spectrum and network towers, which would eventually be reconfigured for 5G. Sprint’s 3G CDMA network was the first to die when T-Mobile began to shut down Sprint’s infrastructure in March. It had initially intended to shutter the network at the end of 2021, but following a heated argument about anti-competitive activity during which Dish CEO Charlie Ergen branded T-Mobile a Grinch, the timeframe was moved back.

Sprint’s LTE network came later and was expected to be formally discontinued as of Thursday, June 30th, 2022. Sprint was late to LTE after wagering initially on WiMAX, and as a result, its LTE network trailed significantly behind the competition by the time it was up and operating. It was flat-out horrible, really.

If you are still using a phone operating on Sprint LTE or T-Mobile’s 3G, there’s a very good probability that you’ve already experienced difficulties with your service. In any event, T-Mobile will be more than eager to get a 5G phone into your hands. Paulsen adds, “Customers who were required to take action as a consequence of these retirement efforts were alerted far ahead of time and got an offer for a free 5G replacement device.”

If the deprecation of old wireless networks brings a tear to your eye, take heart: T-Mobile’s 2G GSM network is still, somehow, operating. The corporation aims to retire it but doesn’t have a defined date yet.

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Dino is a Tech Consultant. Entrepreneur, Website/Blog Developer, Graphic Designer, Blogger and Digital Marketer, he has long been freelancing for more than 6 years before starting up Smartcoretech, during this time was writing for websites like Opera News Hub, Paulworkspace, thescoove.africa etc. He is currently reporting on tech related contents on company's such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, Xiaomi, Facebook, Twitter etc. He also writes on Phone Reviews and Movies. When he is not writing he is working as an IT Manager for a company in his Local. Feel free to contact him via any of the available channels present