T-Mobile confirms that it’s deactivated Sprint’s 2.5GHz 5G coverage


T-Mobile has been busy lighting up its 2.5GHz 5G, activating it in a few new major new cities this week. And now T-Mo has confirmed that it’s taken another step toward rolling out that mid-band 5G coverage.

T-Mobile has deactivated Sprint’s 2.5 GHz 5G service so that it can refarm that spectrum for use on its own network. T-Mo confirmed the move to Fierce Wireless, adding that Sprint customers with a Galaxy S20 5G do have access to T-Mobile’s 5G network.

“We are working to quickly re-deploy, optimize and test the 2.5 GHz spectrum before lighting it up on the T-Mobile network,” a T-Mobile spokesperson said. “In the meantime, legacy Sprint customers with compatible devices can enjoy T-Mobile’s nationwide 5G network.”

So far, we’ve seen T-Mobile deploy 2.5GHz 5G to Philadelphia, New York City, Chicago, Houston, and Los Angeles. There are still a few other cities that had 2.5GHz 5G from Sprint but don’t yet have it from T-Mobile, such as Dallas-Fort Worth, Kansas City, and Phoenix.

Today’s news does mean that some 5G early adopters on Sprint are losing access to a 5G network because they don’t have an S20. That includes customers who bought devices like a Galaxy S10 5G, LG V50 ThinQ, and OnePlus 7 Pro 5G. Those phones won’t stop working completely because they’ll still run on Sprint’s 4G LTE, but 5G is one of the major features of those phones and so some owners may be disappointed about losing that

To help them, T-Mobile has been offering trade-in deals to help those Sprint customers upgrade to a Galaxy S20 5G. Customers who own or are making payments on one of those older Sprint 5G phones and are paying less than $10 per month can get a Galaxy S20 5G for $0 per month after a $41.67 per month bill credit with an 18-month lease, while customers paying more than $10 per month for one of those devices can get an S20 for $10 per month after a $31.67 monthly bill credit and 18-month lease.

Source: Fierce Wireless

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  • Shaun Michalak

    I will be more impressed when they install it in my area, and actually have phones that do not cost $500 + to support it.. Till then, it means nothing..

    • marque2

      You can buy two LG V60s for the price of one – no extra line needed. Brings the phones to $350 each unless you want a second screen then it is $400.

      Also pick up your no strings attached free line while you are there.

      Deal is still on today.

      • WONDROUS5000

        NOTE this ended the day marque commented, July 2.

      • dcmanryan

        I really wish I needed two of them as I really wanted that phone. I bought the OnePlus 8 instead and I hate it and I’m still debating on keeping it even with the 50% off. The camera is garbage and the the curved edge screen are deal breakers for me.

  • marque2

    This site should do a better job with TMobile specials. They will have customer appreciation specials all month.
    Right now they have 2 for 1 deals on 5g v60 phones no extra line needed. They are also giving a free line away on magenta accounts for the cost of a Sim card. Free Samsung 10 inch tablet with purchase of 2 year $10 a month data plan.

    Tmonews used to point out these deals in the past.

    • WONDROUS5000

      As of 7/3 –
      V60 deal has ended.
      free line for life is still going on eligible plans.
      The samsung tablet deal is actually an 8.4″ tablet, and the line required to get it free is actually $20m (unlimited data).

      • marque2

        Sorry V60 deal was still going last night when I posted.

    • dcmanryan

      There quite a lengthy thread on the free line promo. It’s not just Magenta plans either. But I do agree with you that this site should let us all know about every promo and not just some of them.

      • marque2

        I think the article mention a get one line get another free. Not the just walk in and get a free line with no strings.

        Stupidly we now have an article up about some update on the V60 phone with a thanks to “Paul” for alerting this site. Who cares about an update. I wrote this site about the V60 deal two weeks ago when it started and crickets. His V60 update article sure would be more important if he more people know about how to get the phone.

      • Mike

        Perhaps this site is not getting all the information they need to put out a proper news article. You would think Tmobile would reach out to them so new material can be added. Its not the John Legere days anymore, sadly.