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T-Mobile reportedly pushing back deadline for Sprint 3G network

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T-Mobile is reportedly postponing the planned shutdown of Sprint’s 3G network again until May 31 (via The T-Mo Report† If the report is correct, it would be the second time the company has pushed the date back; originally it was supposed to phase out the network in January, but in October it said it would extend the deadline to March 31.

T-Mobile did not immediately respond to an email from The edge on Wednesday to confirm the new date. But part of the Guide to global iPhone services on SoftBank’s websiteUnder Sprint’s headline “CDMA Network Shutdown,” “Due to Sprint’s circumstances, the date has been postponed from March 31, 2022 to May 31, 2022.” It adds that there’s also a possibility that the May 31 date 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 close 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 replacing Sprint as a fourth wireless carrier in the US. After T-Mobile announced it plans to shut down Sprint’s CDMA network, the two companies faced some back and forth criticism of each other; Dish chairman Charlie Ergen compared T-Mobile to the Grinch; T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert wrote in a blog post that Dish was “dragging their feet to let their customers upgrade to the superior 4G/5G world.”

At stake is the impact the shutdown will have on Dish’s Boost Mobile customers. The Justice Department told Dish Network and T-Mobile in July 2021 letter It said it had “serious concerns” about the shutdown of Sprint’s legacy network and urged the companies to take “all appropriate steps” to mitigate the impact on customers who rely on the network.

When it announced the delay to the end of March, T-Mobile released a statement saying that its “partners” had failed to fulfill their “responsibility to help their customers through this shift” and that it was “acting” on customers. On behalf of. That seemed like a thinly veiled reference to Dish Network, whose executive VP of External Legislative Affairs Jeff Blum told The edge when COVID-related issues and supply chain shortages had delayed customer upgrades. He said the March delay was an acknowledgment from T-Mobile that shutting down the CDMA network could negatively impact consumers who rely on it.

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