As previously predicted, Sprint’s 3G network may be pushed back by T-Mobile, postponing the shutdown even further.
T-Mobile said on Wednesday that it will begin shutting down Sprint’s 3G network on March 31st as scheduled. Customers will be moved over the next 60 days “to ensure they are supported and not left without connectivity,” according to a recent statement sent by the company as part of the shutdown process. The network will be completely shut down by May 31st.
Meanwhile, T-Mobile had originally planned to phase down the network on January 31st, but in October it announced that it would extend the deadline until March 31st, which would have been the second postponement.
After the T-Mobile/Sprint merger concluded in 2020, Dish bought Boost Mobile in July 2020 with the objective of replacing Sprint as a fourth US cellular provider.
Sprint’s CDMA network was targeted by T-Mobile following its announcement that it planned to discontinue it. Dish chairman Charlie Ergen compared T-Mobile to the Grinch, while T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert claimed that Dish was “dragging their feet” in upgrading its customers to the faster 4G/5G network.
Dish’s Boost Mobile subscribers are at risk because of the closure. T-Mobile and Dish Network received a letter from the Department of Justice in July 2021 stating that they had “grave concerns” about the closure of Sprint’s legacy network and urging the firms to take “all reasonable efforts” to minimise the impact.
T-Mobile made a statement stating that its “partners” had not fulfilled their “obligation to aid their consumers through this change” and that it was “stepping up” on their behalf when it announced the postponement until the end of March.
The decision of T-Mobile to postpone the CDMA network’s decommissioning until March was an awareness of the detrimental impact on users who rely on it. There will be a total shutdown of Sprint 3G on May 31st, according to Vox Media (The Verge).