Leaked document reveals possible Sprint LTE network shut down date

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Ever since T-Mobile acquired Sprint last year, the company has been vocal about its plans to shut down Sprint’s CDMA signal on January 1, 2022. But many seem to have forgotten about Sprint’s LTE network. 

As revealed by a newly leaked document, it’s possible that T-Mobile could be shutting down Sprint’s LTE network on June 30, 2022. 

Although T-Mobile has not yet confirmed this target date, many are already talking about what could potentially happen once the shut down takes place. For one thing, a large number of legacy Sprint customers could be left without service. And the only logical thing to do at this point is to switch to a newer device that is compatible with T-Mo’s LTE or 5G network. 

The good news is that there are plenty of affordable devices being released these days. So if you’re one of the customers that will be affected by the network shutdown next year, you can already start looking into changing your device soon. 

 

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  • Bklynman

    Didn’t Tmo give ppl free phones or big discounted when they acquired MetroPCS? If yes why wouldn’t they do it now?

    • marque2

      The problem is not T-Mobile. The problem is Dish. They don’t want to give their patrons new phones.

      • Trevor Ketch

        Or move fast enough to deploy their own networks. Dish, it seems, is out of its league…

      • Bklynman

        Mmmm,I know Dish was to get part of Sprint,Boost/Virgin? Or were they were suppose to come up with there own cell company?

        • iansltx

          Yes, Dish is building their own network, but they want TMo to keep CDMA on long enough that they can switch customers directly to VoNR capable phones on the cheap, for their own network, rather than having folks get T-Mobile LTE phones in the interim. So they’re complaining.

        • slybacon

          Do we have any proof that Dish has actually started building a network? I feel like they just want to freeload off T-Mobile for 6 more years.

        • iansltx

          Yes. They have sites deployed and said they will have a real network in Vegas by year end. Have heard from a vendor or two they’re pulling hardware from as well.

        • marque2

          No proof yet, there have been some articles about demo nodes created, but they aren’t in general use. The plan is though per the contract requirements that they start soon.

          Last I heard, they are dealing with the devil to get Amazon to help them out.

        • Shaun Michalak

          Double devil you mean.. Amazon Web Services and Los Vegas all wrapped up into one.. Double the pleasure, double the …. Devil??

        • Shaun Michalak

          Only their word, and their press releases.. As far as I know, nothing is up and running yet.. From what they said, their first location is going to be Las Vegas, Nevada, and that is supposed to be some time late 2021.. The thing that kind of scares me about that is the fact that they are doing it in conjunction with Amazon Web Services to get it up and running..

        • marque2

          Dish got all of Sprint’s boost customers and a guarantee to piggy back off of the TMobile network for 7 years giving Dish the opportunity to build out a new network. Dish complained about TMobile removing cgms (“2g” technology) because they didn’t want to give discounted phones to their boost users. I am sure getting rid of Sprint LTE would cause Dish to complain even more.

        • Shaun Michalak

          Dish is supposed to have their own company.. But they are having multiple problems right now.. First what they got.. They got Sprint Prepaid customers.. This includes Sprint prepaid, Boost, and Virgin Mobile.. Regular Sprint customers went to T-Mobile..

          As for the problems.. None of the current chipsets are known to support VoNR or CA.. CA is where you can connect to multiple bands at the same time, even if they are under different technologies (4 and 5G for example).. VoNR is kind of like VoLTE.. It is where you can make one connection to do both data and talk.. Right now, with the current abilities of the phones chipsets, if someone decides to talk on the phone while browsing the net, the phone connection will be dropped to 4G while data is used on 5G. Once VoNR is supported, they will be able to do everything on 5G.

          The problem is that no phones support that right now, and Dish wants to wait until this is supported so they can do one major upgrade to new phones for all their customers at once. Since Dish will be 5G only, they will not have 4G to rely back on.. But the X60 chipset that supports it, is not supposed to be out until later this year, or next year..

          This also leads the problem with the network. Since they will not be installing any 4G for backward capabilities, they can not get up, and run their network, until they have phones that support it.. If they do, then they will be limiting their customers to just data, or talk, until the phones support both.. Which is part of the reason why they can not put up a network right now in full use for their customers.. Even if they did have the bugs worked out.

        • Sharti24

          What are you talking about? The X60 chip is currently out and running on the S21. Plus i believe (not 100% sure) the X55 can do VoNR

        • slybacon

          My iPhone 12 (using the X55) still shows 5G when I’m on a phone call. Not sure if it’s actually using VoNR or just displaying that 5G is available. Before VoLTE came out on iPhone, I remember distinctly that it would drop from displaying LTE to 4G. So, I kinda think the X55 does support VoNR. I do know that the X60 is required for 5G CA.

        • Sharti24

          The 5G icon is as fake as the coronavirus! First off you cant tell if you’re connect to low band, mid band or mmW. (Att and Verizon have separate icons for mmW). Tmobile is using NSA for most of their “5G”. who knows when you’re connected to SA, mmW or mid band on their network.

        • slybacon

          I’m pretty sure based on my download speeds of 600 Mbps I’m connected to SA 2.5Ghz 5G.
          Next time I’m on a phone call, I’ll also do a speedtest.

        • Francisco Peña

          nothing beats ATT 5GE icon which wasn’t even 5G.
          Everyday people aren’t careing if they are different flavors of 5G. they just hear “Yo, I’m on 5G” and be happy.

          Besides, with the mmw, if you cool enough to get it, as soon as a leaf floats by, or you do a 180degree turn away form the unit, you lost that signal. lol

        • marque2

          Basically Dish is hoping they can transfer everybody at Boost (and Virgin Mobile) to a new Dish network with one phone swap. If T-mobile keeps shutting down Sprint networks, Boost customers will all need a T-mobile compatible phone first and then the new mondo Dish phones with just 5g.

        • Shaun Michalak

          True.. and since they are now out (didn’t realize they were out until it was just brought to my attention), they can use those phones to do a one step upgrade to their network.. But then again, the problem is, they probably want to do this with cheaper phones, not $1000 phones.. Either way, the only people that they will have to do this stepping with are people that are still using 3G only phones.. If someone got a new phone 2 years ago, it would support 4G LTE, so they would have nothing to worry about.

        • Shaun Michalak

          First, No, the modems for the X55 chipset are not compatible, or in use, so that they can use VoNR.. That is why they always drop back to 4G service for talking, while still using 5G for data.. So i was right about that.. The snapdragon 888 (which uses the X60 processor) setup is the first that supports both, the VoNR and CA support..

          As for the phones with the X60 snapdragon processor in them.. I thought that they were not supposed to be coming out in the US for a couple more months.. But you are correct.. I looked up all the phones that have that processor that I could find, and one thing I noticed is most are ones that T-Mobile does not carry, and a good portion of them are phones that are only being sold in China.. Still, the S21 just came out this month, so it is not like they have been out for any real length of time.. List of phones that have it, be it sold here or not..

          1. Samsung Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, S21 Ultra
          2. Meizu 18, 18 Pro
          3. Xiaomi Mi 11
          4. Oppo Find X3 Pro
          5. Vivo X60 Pro Plus
          6. Redmi K40 Pro & K40 Pro Plus
          7. Vivo IQOO 7
          8. Nubia Red Magic 6 & 6 Pro
          9. OnePlus 9 Series
          10. Asus Zenfone 8 Series
          11. Mi Mix Fold

        • Sharti24

          The S21 came out at the end of January so its been out for like 6 months.

          And i do believe the X55 can do Volte on tmobile with a software/firmware update.

        • Shaun Michalak

          Yup, you were right.. I was looking at multiple pages and one talked about a phone that got released in June.. I got them mixed up.. and you are right, it does support VoLTE, but VoLTE is 4G, not 5G.. It was not so much about the X55 chipset that was more of the restriction, but more the modems and other software / hardware that went with that setup that restricted the VoNR being able to be used.. The 888 chipset / processor bundle was the first one that is capable of VoNR and CA, and that used the X60 processor..

          So basically it is kind of hit or miss.. did the actual x55 processor support it.. Yes, but the hardware / modem that went with it did not..

        • Sharti24

          Ok cool. Yeah i meant VoNR not VoLTE. No worries. When will t-mobile release CA and VoNR on their network? By end of year hopefully because the iPhone 13 will be out in September.

        • Shaun Michalak

          I know they talked about installing it in 2021 last year.. Well, the VoNR part that is.. Not sure about CA.. But it would seem that they would have things in place where they could get both on their towers by now.. So I really have no idea.. Maybe they already do, but just never said anything about it?? It is not like they have been that forward with info since the big man left a half a year ago..

        • marque2

          Mi Mix – isn’t that a cat food?

        • Shaun Michalak

          lol.. I think you are thinking about meow mix.. But I think that is an over seas model that does have some US capabilities.. If you look up the price, it is not in US dollars.. Also, no band 66 or 71 support (T-Mobile), no band 14, 29, 30, or 66 (AT&T), and no 13, 36, 38, or 66 (verizon).. and the only 5G band it supports in the US is N41..

    • Mark Cucchiara

      They are. They are offering free Samsung and OnePlus devices right now, encouraging people to jump from a Sprint sim to a T-Mobile sim.

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