T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint 2G/3G/4G LTE network shutdown dates: the sunset!
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While it is not exactly clear what will happen to your IoT connections just yet, such as the weather news in your BMW, those who have oldie 3G phones will see them stop working when T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T shut their 3G networks down. As for 2G networks, those take much less spectrum to service, and a bunch of gear still uses them, so some carriers are being more generous with their retirement.
Will my 3G phone stop working when T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T shut down their 3G networks?
Unfortunately, yes, for the most part. “When we shut down the 3G network, there won’t be data or voice service for devices that don’t have at least have 4G capabilities. This means that while some device features might still work, you won’t be able to access our network unless you upgrade to a newer device,” says AT&T, and that is valid for all 3G phones on all carriers when their respective networks are sunset.
AT&T 3G network shutdown date and free phone replacement
- AT&T 3G network sunset: February 22, 2022
- Free phone: AT&T RADIANT Core
AT&T announced February 22, 2022 as its 3G network shutdown date, and warns that the carrier would “no longer activate phones that don’t support HD Voice since they won’t be compatible to work on our network when 3G shuts down.” Same as with Verizon’s 3G network shutdown, basically.
T-Mobile and Sprint 3G/2G/4G LTE network shutdown dates
- Sprint 2G/3G CDMA network shutdown date: April 1, 2022 (formerly January 1, 2022)
- Sprint 4G LTE network sunset date: June 30, 2022
- T-Mobile 3G network shutdown date: April 1, 2022 (formerly October 1st, 2021)
- T-Mobile 2G network shutdown date: January 1, 2023
T-Mobile has listed the dates for shutting down Sprint’s 3G and 4G LTE networks, and migrating people to modern broadband speed pastures. These are January 1, 2022 for Sprint’s 3G network sunset, and June 30, 2022 for the 4G LTE connections, respectively.
Verizon 3G network shutdown date
- Verizon 3G network sunset: January 1, 2023
After December 31st, 2022, says Verizon, if you are a Big Red customer still using a device that is 3G (CDMA) or 4G that does not support HD Voice (Non-VoLTE), the device will no longer make/receive calls, send/receive text messages, or use data services. Until this date, your device will still be able to use these services.