Of us utilizing Dash’s legacy 3G CDMA community could have simply gained a slight reprieve, with a brand new report revealing that T-Cellular has pushed again the date of its shutdown by one other two months. T-Cellular, which merged with Dash in 2020, had deliberate to decommission the ageing 3G community on March 31, 2022. Nevertheless, The T-Mo Report has found that the service has quietly prolonged the deadline to Might 31, 2022, as a substitute.
The change initially got here to mild through a publish on Reddit, the place somebody seen the brand new date on the website of Softbank, which beforehand owned Dash. Though T-Cellular hasn’t made a public announcement, The T-Mo Report confirmed that a number of Dash prospects with older telephones acquired an e mail straight from the service. These with telephones that may’t use LTE have been instructed that they now have till Might 31, 2022, earlier than the Dash CDMA community shuts down. Nevertheless, even this date might not be closing. A footnote on the Softbank web page provides that “there’s a risk that the date of Might 31 will likely be rescheduled in [the] future.”
Sunsetting legacy 3G companies
T-Cellular initially needed to close down the Dash 3G community on January 1, 2022, however delayed it to March 31, when its associate, Dish, raised issues that it didn’t have sufficient time emigrate its legacy prospects over to the Increase Cellular community. When Sprint merged with T-Mobile in 2020, it was required to divest itself of its prepaid services, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile, which were sold off to Dish to ensure the industry remained competitive. Regulators hoped that Dish could rise from the ashes of Sprint to take over the vacated fourth-place spot on the top carriers list.
With the acquisition of Boost Mobile, Dish was also permitted to piggyback on T-Mobile’s network for seven years. Although nothing in that agreement prevents T-Mobile from shutting down legacy 3G services such as the old Sprint CDMA network, it’s been under pressure from the U.S. Department of Justice to work with Dish to reduce the impact on the many customers who rely on the older 3G technology.
Dish has been scrambling to upgrade customers to newer phones, but it’s not moving fast enough for T-Mobile. In a blog post final summer time, T-Cellular CEO Mike Sievert accused his “associates at Dish” of “dragging their toes in getting their prospects upgraded to the superior 4G/5G world,” calling the problem a “manufactured disaster, orchestrated by Dish.”
In October, when T-Cellular prolonged the shutdown for the 3G CDMA community to March 31, the corporate released a statement that it was “stepping up” on behalf of companions that hadn’t “adopted by on their duty to assist their prospects by this shift.” It appears evident that one of many “companions” in query was Dish.
In the meantime, Dish executives have pointed to COVID-related points and provide chain issues as causes for the delays. Nevertheless, T-Cellular has been fast to level out that it’s been efficiently transitioning its Dash CDMA prospects since early final yr, offering them with new 5G telephones without spending a dime on plans that can present higher service at no further value.
It’s not clear if Dish is the rationale for this newest extension, as T-Cellular hasn’t made any official announcement but. T-Cellular has but to update its Network Evolution page with the brand new date, which nonetheless reveals March 31, 2022. T-Cellular additionally plans to decommission its personal 3G UMTS community by July 1, 2022, and Dash’s LTE community by June 30, 2022. Though the corporate plans to retire its even older GSM 2G community ultimately, it has but to set a date for that.