T-Mobile Reportedly Pushes Back Sprint 3G Network Shutdown Date
T-Mobile is reportedly delaying its scheduled shutdown of Sprint’s 3G network again to May 31 (via The T-Mo Report). If the report is accurate, it would be the second time the company has pushed back the date; it was originally going to phase out the network in January, but announced in October that it would extend the deadline until March 31.
T-Mobile did not immediately respond to an email from The edge Wednesday to ask for confirmation of the new date. But a section of the iPhone Global Services Guide on SoftBank’s website, under Sprint’s “CDMA Network Shutdown” heading, says, “Due to Sprint’s circumstances, the date has been postponed from March 31, 2022 to May 31, 2022”. He adds that it is also possible that the date of May 31 will also be “rescheduled in the future”. According to the T-Mo Report, some Sprint customers received emails from T-Mobile confirming the May 31 shutdown date.
As one of the terms of the T-Mobile/Sprint merger, which closed in 2020, Dish acquired Boost Mobile in July 2020 with the goal of Dish taking over from Sprint as the fourth-largest wireless carrier in the States. -United. After T-Mobile announced plans to shut down Sprint’s CDMA network, the two companies engaged in mutual criticism of each other; Dish President Charlie Ergen compared T-Mobile to the Grinch; T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert wrote in a blog post that Dish is “dragging its feet in taking its customers to the next 4G/5G world.”
At stake is the impact the shutdown will have on Dish’s Boost Mobile customers. The Department of Justice told Dish Network and T-Mobile in a July 2021 letter that it had “serious concerns” about the shutdown of Sprint’s legacy network and urged the companies to take “all appropriate action.” to reduce the effect on customers who rely on the network.
When it announced the postponement at the end of March, T-Mobile released a statement saying its “partners” had not followed through “on their responsibility to help their customers through this change” and that ‘he was “stepping up” the customers. on behalf of. It seemed like a thinly veiled reference to Dish Network, whose executive vice president of external legislative affairs Jeff Blum said. The edge back when COVID-related issues and supply chain shortages had slowed customer upgrades. He said the March delay was an acknowledgment by T-Mobile that shutting down the CDMA network could negatively impact consumers who rely on it.