With the T-Mobile / Sprint merger finalized earlier this month, T-Mobile announced several updates for customers of both carriers. These updates are not part of the long-term plans that T-Mobile has set, but they provide some good benefits for Sprint customers right away. However, this is not all good news as some Sprint customers will be at a disadvantage in using 5G.
Sprint Galaxy S20 5G owners were part of the announcement from yesterday, gaining access to T-Mobile’s sub-6 GHz (600 MHz) low-band 5G network. However, the Galaxy S20 5G is not the only 5G phone from Sprint. What about the rest of the lineup? Unfortunately, older Sprint 5G phones will not gain access to T-Mobile’s 5G network and they will eventually lose Sprint 5G as well.
The devices affected by this are OnePlus 7 Pro, LG V50 and Galaxy S10. T-Mobile is relaunching Sprint’s existing 5G network, which will eventually shut it down. Since those devices lack the hardware needed to connect to T-Mobile’s sub-6 GHz low-band 5G network, they would be out of luck. Sprint’s 5G network is currently in ten markets in the US, including New York City, which will be closed shortly before the redeveloped network goes live.
Older 5G devices will still use Sprint’s 4G LTE network. And with yesterday’s news, they will be able to roam on T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network. T-Mobile will alert Sprint customers who own these devices about this upcoming change. They will be offering a variety of incentives for those users to get the Galaxy S20 5G.
|Those currently leasing or paying themselves on 7 Pro 5G (256GB), S10 5G (256GB), V50 ThinQ (128GB) and are paying less than $ 10 / mo. Samsung Galaxy S20 5G will be available for $ 0 / mo. After $ 41.67 / mo. Credit with a new 18-month lease.|
Those currently leasing or paying on the 7 Pro 5G (256 GB), S10 5G (256 GB), V50 ThinQ (128 GB) and paying over $ 10 / mo. Samsung Galaxy S20 5G will be available for $ 10 / mo. After $ 31.67 / mo. Credit with a new 18-month lease.
Those purchasing the HTC 5G Hub on the installation plan will get a credit of $ 12.50 / mo. For the remainder of the term. If they purchased a lump sum hotspot, T-Mobile would give them a lump sum credit of $ 300 applied to their bill.
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