While T-Mobile bought Sprint technically almost nine months ago with the ultimate goal of closing “Now Network” and migrating as many customers as possible to the country’s leading “Un-carrier”, this transition from two wireless service providers to a major force to be reckoned with with was always envisioned as a lengthy and rather complicated process.
For what it’s worth, it seems that perennial business is moving at a relatively slow but decidedly orderly pace, as T-Mo plans to stop activating only CDMA devices and devices that lack VoLTE support on Sprint̵
7;s older network already in January 1, 2021, according to a recent letter allegedly received by a “valued business customer.”
There are barely four days away when this is written, which feels like an exceptionally short notice for something so seemingly important, but which only applies to new activations, so existing Sprint subscribers actually have nothing to worry about … yet.
Then comes their time “on or around January 1, 2022” to release all CDMA devices and dual mode CDMA / LTE devices without Voice over LTE features still in use. That’s because Magenta intends to end the archaic Sprint CDMA network in a year from now, which seems to be in line with the general schedule shared by CEO Mike Sievert just a few weeks back.
Sievert described the company’s Sprint killings in 2020 as mostly “isolated” conditions, predicting that efforts will hardly begin “in earnest” at some point in 2022. It is clear that a CDMA network shutdown sounds like a big and “serious” “steps towards burying. Sprint’s name and technology completely after already unite the brand with T-Mobile for marketing purposes and to combine the two 5G resources for, well, Verizon and AT&T crushing purposes.
Although January 1, 2022 is not exactly just around the corner, it’s probably a good idea to look at upgrading or replacing outdated “equipment” as soon as possible. Something tells us T-Mobile will launch a number of sweet offers specifically aimed at making the transition from just CDMA to a 5G-enabled device as smooth and inexpensive as possible over the next 12 months, so be sure to keep an eye on such things also.