T-Mobile shuts down Sprint’s legacy 5G network
Sprint and T-Mobile continue to shift things around as part of their merger that went through earlier this year. As expected, T-Mobile is now shutting down Sprint’s 5G network. T-Mobile started this process back in April and has been refarming Sprint’s 2.5GHz spectrum to augment its own 5G network.
We knew this day was coming and some existing Sprint 5G smartphones would be left without 5G access. Older Sprint 5G smartphones that used the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 modem will not be able to connect to T-Mobile’s new 5G network. These phones include the Sprint OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, and LG V50 ThinQ 5G. Earlier this summer, Sprint launched the LG V60 ThinQ 5G and the OnePlus 8 5G, which use the newer Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 modem. Those devices, along with the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G, can use T-Mobile’s 5G network.
As mentioned, T-Mobile is using Sprint’s 2.5GHz mid-band spectrum to build out its own 5G network. The carrier has already re-deployed the new 2.5GHz spectrum in New York City and it reactivated it in parts of Chicago, Houston, and Los Angeles. New York City is currently the only city that has T-Mobile’s low-band, mid-band, and mmWave 5G.
According to BayStreet Research, around 75,000 now-incompatible Sprint 5G smartphones have been sold. If you’re an owner of one of the devices that lost 5G access, there are a few deals you can take advantage of. You can get the LG V60 ThinQ with the dual-screen attachment for $14.16/month for 18 months or the OnePlus 8 5G for $10/month for 18 months. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a 5G city or not—these offers are still open to you.