T-Mobile To Shutter Sprint’s 3G Network In March 2022
As newer mobile technologies start to roll out, it means that older technologies will eventually need to be phased out. Given that we’re now in the age of 5G, it means that there is decreasing need for 3G connectivity, and so for Sprint customers who are still using the carrier’s 3G network, that will come to an end in 2022.
T-Mobile has announced that come March 31, 2022, they will be shutting down Sprint’s 3G network. According to the carrier, “To build out our revolutionary network that will deliver the broadest and deepest 5G experience FOR ALL across the country, we need to sunset outdated CDMA technologies as soon as possible so every consumer, no matter their circumstances, will have access to the best connectivity and best experience.”
It seems that the initial deadline was set for the 1st of January, 2022, but due to interruptions by some of the carrier’s “partners”, this is no longer possible which is why a new date has been set. “Recently it’s become increasingly clear that some of those partners haven’t followed through on their responsibility to help their customers through this shift. So, we’re stepping up on their behalf. We have made the decision to extend our deadline for the CDMA sunset by three months to March 31, 2022.”
It is unclear how many users will be affected by this shuttering of Sprint’s 3G network, but like we said, 5G is the new standard and with pretty much all phones supporting at least LTE, we can only hope the disruptions will be minimal.