T-Mobile US’s long-awaited deactivation of the legacy 3G CDMA networks inherited from Sprint begins today, although question marks have emerged regarding the full shutdown timeline. Earlier this week The T-Mo Report, a US blog, uncovered evidence suggesting that the final switch-off deadline had been bumped from 31 March to 31 May. Adding credibility to the rumours, one of the sources was former Sprint owner SoftBank, which had amended its global services guide accordingly.
By way of a clarification, a T-Mobile spokesperson told Fierce Wireless: ‘We are proceeding as planned with the orderly shutdown of our CDMA network beginning on 31 March. As part of our shutdown process, we are migrating customers in some areas over the following 60 days to ensure they are supported and not left without connectivity, and the network will be completely turned off by no later than 31 May.’
In other news, T-Mobile has announced that it is expanding access to its fixed wireless service in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. As such, T-Mobile Home Internet is now available to nearly three million more homes in 54 cities across these four states. The move builds on recent expansions in the Southeast, Texas and Midwest. The service is now available to more than 30 million households across the country.