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3G shutdown 2021: Why your old phone is about to quit

3G shutdown 2021: Why your old phone is about to quit

Today we're taking a peek at the expected dates that 3G networks will shut down in the year 2022. These dates are important, since they show the end-point for functionality for some of the oldest mobile smart devices still in service today. It's not only smartphone and tablets that have the potential to stop connecting to mobile data - it's accessories and IoT devices that connect with 3G, too.

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T-Mobile 3G network shutdown has a new and hopefully final date

T-Mobile 3G network shutdown has a new and hopefully final date

5G has been the battle cry of network operators and device manufacturers for a few years now, but the push hasn't been as fast or as easy as they had hoped. In addition to setbacks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, wireless carriers' plans to retire old networks and technologies to free up resources have also been met with some resistance and delays. That said, the deadline for 3G networks is can no longer be delayed, and T-Mobile is finally setting its foot down on when it will shut down not only its own 3G network but also Sprint's 3G and LTE networks.

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T-Mobile Apple TV+ free a year (12 months): The fine print

T-Mobile Apple TV+ free a year (12 months): The fine print

The latest way in which Apple is getting in to the homes and eyes and minds of everyday citizens with Apple TV+ is with T-Mobile USA. It would appear that T-Mobile is delivering an Apple TV+ subscription to not only new customers, but existing customers. You'll need to sign up for the free 12-month subscription to Apple TV+, and you'll need to cancel your subscription at the end of the 12-month period if you want to avoid being charged for further use.*

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T-Mobile will eliminate the Sprint LTE network next summer

T-Mobile will eliminate the Sprint LTE network next summer

T-Mobile and Sprint merged last year after finally gaining approval to do so. As customers of Sprint know, T-Mobile has been pushing new SIM cards to get people off some of the older Sprint networks and onto the newer T-Mobile networks. T-Mobile has now confirmed that it intends to shut down the Sprint LTE network next summer.

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Dish brands T-Mobile shady Un-Uncarrier over Boost network shutdown

Dish brands T-Mobile shady Un-Uncarrier over Boost network shutdown

Dish has accused T-Mobile of the sort of shady carrier behaviors that T-Mobile made a business out of accusing AT&T and Verizon of performing, demanding the FCC weigh in on the upcoming shutdown of the CDMA network many of its subscribers still rely upon. Dish and T-Mobile were meant to be collaborating closely in the aftermath of T-Mobile's merger with Sprint, but now the smaller carrier claims its erstwhile partner is now getting sneaky.

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Got a 5G smartphone? What’s the right ‘plan’ forward

Got a 5G smartphone? What’s the right ‘plan’ forward

The whole 5G thing is becoming more of a story with the launch of some exciting new mobile phone models designed to take full leverage of the new wireless connectivity. As a new 5G smartphone pops-up with each passing day, we are seeing all prominent network carriers stateside doing their bit to ensure you have 5G coverage no matter what part of the country you’re in. While these are early days and everyone’s just working on increasing their portfolio – it seems appropriate to know, which of the top-tier carriers have what 5G plans you can choose from to get on from the word go.

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Do you need a 5G phone? Short answer: Not yet

Do you need a 5G phone? Short answer: Not yet

Today's entry in our ever-expanding exploration of 5G connectivity checks the most basic question: Do I need 5G? This question can be answered by looking at the world's transfer from 3G to 4G, and 4G LTE. In short: There's a significant amount of time between now and the point at which you'll absolutely NEED your next smartphone to have the ability to connect to 5G data.

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New T-Mobile plan offers four 5G lines for $100 as extra coverage lights up

New T-Mobile plan offers four 5G lines for $100 as extra coverage lights up

T-Mobile has announced a new four-line price plan, bringing unlimited data down to under $25 per line, as it tries to prove that its merger with Sprint truly is a good deal for subscribers. The new promotion will only be offered for a limited time over the summer, the carrier said today, though promises to be its lowest postpaid deal so far.

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T-Mobile USA Scam Shield lets you switch numbers for free

T-Mobile USA Scam Shield lets you switch numbers for free

T-Mobile revealed Scam Shield today for the protection of all T-Mobile, Sprint, and Metro by T-Mobile users. Scam Shield is a program under which T-Mobile will launch several features. Scam Shield includes free scam identification and blocking, enhanced Called ID, and ID monitoring. T-Mobile also suggested that users can now get a "free second number to keep your personal number personal" as well as a "free number change if needed."

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OnePlus got into Verizon stores, but it still has a problem

OnePlus got into Verizon stores, but it still has a problem

OnePlus scoring Verizon as an official carrier partner was a big deal back in April, but sales aren't living up to expectations according to a new report. The news that Verizon would offer the OnePlus 8 in-store was seen as evidence that the fan-favorite had hit critical traction for US sales success, but instead we may have had another reminder that the American cellphone market is a tough nut to crack.

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Phone service issues appear across USA: T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon

Phone service issues appear across USA: T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon

On the afternoon of June 15, 2020, T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint appeared to be having issues with connectivity. Phone voice calls and data connections seemed to be extremely slow and/or broken entirely for several hours. At 3:18 PM Central Time, CEO Neville Ray posted a Twitter message suggesting the network was being fixed.

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The Sprint brand is not long for this world

The Sprint brand is not long for this world

Now that Sprint and T-Mobile have their merger in the books, it looks like the Sprint brand is living on borrowed time. That won't come as a shock to anyone as the goal from the start has been to have T-Mobile absorb Sprint's network and customers, but in just a few months' time, we could see the Sprint consumer brand begin to disappear from storefronts, salesperson polo shirts, and bill headers.

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