T-Mobile unveils official network shutdown dates


It’s official! T-Mobile has given a date for its Sprint shutdown date. 

The Un-Carrier published an official network retirement page on its website. According to the website, the Sprint shutdown date continues to follow the original date. But T-Mo has moved its T-Mobile 3G UMTS network shutdown date from October to July 1, 2022. 

The information doesn’t reveal a timeline for T-Mobile’s 2G shutdown. As guessed by this report, it’s likely because there are a lot of IoT devices that are still using it. 

With this information, the new shutdown dates are:

  • T-Mobile 3G UMTS: July 1, 2022
  • T-Mobile 2G GSM: December 2022
  • Sprint 2G/3G CDMA: January 1, 2022
  • Sprint LTE/5G: June 30, 2022


Source: The T-Mo Report

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  • Interesting hope they focus resources on rural areas since 2G will be shutting down

    • Harlimus

      starlink is going to be the future for rural. i imagine tmobile using starlink backhaul to install rural towers. if you can run them off windmills and solar even better.

  • Sharti24

    Glad we now have an official set in stone network shutdown date

  • Shaun Michalak

    I am kind of surprised to see the T-Mobile 3G and Sprint 4G 1 day apart.. You would think that they would both be the same day so they could flip the switch and get everything over to the T-Mobile network all at once, and shut obsolete stuff down at the same time..

  • D Nice

    I have a good feeling this network has a chance to really compete with VZW one day. I left TMO about 7 years ago. I’m happy to say I’m rejoining today.

    • Shaun Michalak

      The irony that T-Mobile right now has more coverage then Verizon did 7 years ago..

      • Augustine

        More coverage, yes. More availability, no. The old anecdote that T-mobile falters outside of urban areas is still largely true.

        • Shaun Michalak

          Yes, I would say availability too.. You have to remember.. 7 years ago, go west of the Texas line, and Verizon only had something like 5%, maybe 10% (if lucky) coverage there.. No coverage in states like Kentucky, etc.. 7 years ago, enough of Verizons coverage, was pretty large.. Just go back a couple of years ago, and I would say it would have been the size of the state of California.

          7 Years ago, T-Mobile had no low band to use.. They only got bands 12 and 71 within the last 7 years.. They also dramatically densified their network since then too.. so more bandwidth because of it too. But then again, back then people were still on 3G and getting speeds of just a couple megs down at best.. Not 30 and 40 and 100 megs down like now..

          So yes, T-Mobile right now has more availability and coverage right now, then Verizon did 7 years ago.. But people seem for forget that 7 years ago, people were not getting 40 megs down.. Now they expect it.. Here is a quote straight from Verizon from back then.. and remember, any coverage has more availability then no coverage, and you can not it their coverage if they have no towers..

          “Verizon Wireless provides the largest 4G LTE network coverage in rural areas in the United States*. The LRA networks launched to date expand that coverage by more than 62,000 square miles, an area larger than the state of Georgia.

          Started in 2010 to bring the benefits of high-speed mobile broadband to rural communities on a quicker timetable, the program currently has 21 participants. The 18 launched 4G LTE networks cover more than 2.2 million people. Through the program, rural carriers lease 700 MHz Upper C block spectrum from Verizon Wireless and build and operate their own 4G LTE radio networks”

          So basically coverage larger then the state of Georgia, at that time, all in rural, less then 100 people per square miles, of their coverage, was not theirs.. Yet this is exactly what you claim of T-mobile.. faltering outside of a lot of main cities.. Yet Verizon did the exact same thing.. Only had coverage because other’s built out their network so Verizon customers could roam off of them..

        • Augustine

          On a 900 mile road trip last spring, between I and my son, the AT&T phone never lost the signal, even through deserts and across mountain passes, unlike the T-mobile phone, which was intermittently offline.

          Hey, since my car uses a different carrier, even the weekly trip to visit family just 60 miles away in the countryside, T-mobile has signal less than 70% of the way along four lane roads, while the AT&T signal is available 100% of the way.

          Or rather, during walks with my son in our hilly neighborhood, T-mobile connection is like a firefly in the summer twilight. Why? Because AT&T has 3 towers in a mile radius around my place and T-mobile, merely one, on top of the hill, near the main road.

          Don’t know about Verizon, which, as an international traveler, always ignored because of CDMA until LTE came along.

        • Shaun Michalak

          I am not going to deny that T-Mobile has dead spots.. But on the other hand, I have seen plenty of places around here that T-Mobile has coverage that AT&T does not.. I go down to my friends hunting lodge.. T-Mobile has 4 bars of coverage, AT&T nothing. We got family about 120 miles away.. To go see them we go through a little rural community called Hazel Hurst.. For about 10 to 15 miles of road right there alone, AT&T is lucky to even recognize a tower in any part of that stretch, forget about a usable signal.. T-Mobile.. 4 to 5 bars that whole stretch.. and when we go to Hermitage, we often take rural route 7 back.. all farm land type area.. In the Pierpont area, T-Mobile has had coverage there for years.. AT&T never got any coverage there until last year..

          My point is.. It all depends on where you are at.. There are some places that AT&T is great, and superior, and there are other places where T-Mobile is superior.. Your experiences represent your experiences, and not the network as a whole, across the full country.

        • Augustine

          As I said above, it’s anecdotal. Yet, my experience with T-mobile in MI, NY, TX has always been like this: even in the outskirts of urban areas, it falters where others seemingly don’t. Your experience is as anecdotal as mine.

        • Shaun Michalak

          Upper NY you would be correct.. Not very good coverage.. But if you go to the southern half of NY, across the state, T-Mobile has dramatically increased coverage, including rural NY in the past 2 years. They did the same thing across the state of PA.. A couple years ago, almost no rural coverage.. But now, they probably have about the same amount of coverage as AT&T has.. I have never been to Texas so I have no idea there.. But it is like I said, it all just depends on where you are at.

        • Augustine

          No, I mean smack in the middle of Long Island. A stretch to the Hamptons is only half covered. If this is after increasing the coverage, it must have been nil before.

        • Shaun Michalak

          I am not sure about long island, but I have noticed around here that T-mobile has installed new towers in key places, and then a year later came back and installed in the rural areas after that.. I also noticed that they are traveling in an eastward way when they are installing stuff.. For example, here in PA, they installed over by the Ohio borer, and then towers went up in rural areas as they filled it in going east.. I also noticed that if there is a Sprint tower in the area, they they have done nothing to fix coverage where there are sprint towers.. I think they are waiting for that switch to be flipped to convert all those Sprint towers, over to T-Mobile ones, with the new and upgraded frequencies before they decide to install anything more in the area.

          Just to be clear.. I am in no way saying that T-Mobiles coverage is top notch.. Just that they have dramatically improved coverage, in both, cities, and rural area, in the recent years.. But the problem is, they are playing so much catchup from doing nothing for years, that it is going to take time to get good or great coverage everywhere.

        • Augustine

          That’s interesting. I haven’t been in many other parts of the country in the last year, obviously, so it’s good to learn that.

        • Shaun Michalak

          yea, it actually makes me happy.. One of the places that now has coverage in called Grand Valley, PA.. This place is so remote that most places in the area still have outhouses.. A couple of my friends have hunting lodges in the area, and when I go down there, I get something like 4 bars of service on T-Mobile.. 1 year ago, they had no coverage there.. I don’t think you can get more rural then places that still use outhouses for restrooms.. They actually put up multiple towers, in multiple locations in that area..

          Then, a couple months later, they put up some towers about 20 miles east of there, down route 62, which is all mountainous area with very small communities here and there along the way. The one that they put up in the small community of Pierpont, OH, was in 2019.. and that is west of where they put them up this year.

        • D Nice

          You have to admit its getting better. In 3 or 4 years time the network will make leaps and bounds compared to now. I acknowledge its some soft spots coverage wise. The service in my area is night and day compared to 5 years ago.

        • Augustine

          It is getting better. I do find it frustrating the many dark spots that still exist.

  • Augustine

    Also, unlike 3G, which requires several MHz of bandwidth, and rather inefficiently, 2G requires just a sliver of 0.2 MHz, which is about as narrow as an LTE resource block. Though 2G is not very efficient either, its bandwidth requirement is small enough to make it easy to scrape room for it out of an LTE channel. That’s why in many parts of the world 3G is being phased out and 2G is often left alone. It remains to be seen what T-Mobile will actually do to 2G.

    • D Nice

      It’s very interesting. I cant wait to see how things will be in 18-24 months.

    • Johnny Olesen

      Or T-mobile could continue to use 2G by combining 4G and 2G with dynamic spectrum sharing. That is the plan in other parts of the world.

      • Augustine

        Indeed. There are a few alternatives to an outright shutdown of 2G. Time will tell if keeping it up is worth remaining the sole nationwide GSM network.

  • Augustine

    Yes, HSPA is a subset of UMTS, or 3GPP’s 3G.

    • Trevnerdio

      I did forget about that, thank you.