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CDMA Shutdown "on or about" 1/1/22


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TMo is sending letters out to their business customers giving them a year notice for CDMA going away.

I want to say the shutdown is taking about as long as it took them to fully digest MetroPCS several years back. Even if Sprint LTE remains online, that'll be an impressive feat given how big Sprint's subscriber base was when the merger happened.

Thinking they'll keep the G block and B26 online a bit longer mainly because they don't have anything better to do with those networks; n25 support on their devices is rare, and there's no point in doing n26 unless Dish decides not to buy.

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Considering B26 is so small as to be irrelevant, I could see them reserve the 5 MHz which differentiates B2 and B25 for legacy Sprint customers and the rest going for N2. I could even see them keeping 20 MHz or so of B41 for Sprint customers but not much more than that. 

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19 minutes ago, PedroDaGr8 said:

Considering B26 is so small as to be irrelevant, I could see them reserve the 5 MHz which differentiates B2 and B25 for legacy Sprint customers and the rest going for N2. I could even see them keeping 20 MHz or so of B41 for Sprint customers but not much more than that. 

B26 has just as much bandwidth as PCS-G outside the Southeast/IBEZ, though I likewise think PCS-G will be the last spectrum dedicated to Sprint. Since Sprint has B26 on effectively every site, it contributes just as much capacity as 5 MHz of B25, maybe more due to higher RSRP.

As for PCS NR, some phones already support n25 but that support is inconsistent. Either way, betting Sprint's network is long gone before there's no LTE in PCS.

As for B41, as I'm typing this the nearest B41 cell site is already down to 15 MHz, and Austin is down to a single 20 MHz carrier. Betting that Sprint B41 will be gone before B25 goes down to 5x5.

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16 hours ago, iansltx said:

B26 has just as much bandwidth as PCS-G outside the Southeast/IBEZ, though I likewise think PCS-G will be the last spectrum dedicated to Sprint. Since Sprint has B26 on effectively every site, it contributes just as much capacity as 5 MHz of B25, maybe more due to higher RSRP.

As for PCS NR, some phones already support n25 but that support is inconsistent. Either way, betting Sprint's network is long gone before there's no LTE in PCS.

As for B41, as I'm typing this the nearest B41 cell site is already down to 15 MHz, and Austin is down to a single 20 MHz carrier. Betting that Sprint B41 will be gone before B25 goes down to 5x5.

 

B26 has been turned off in all of the ABQ market. I cannot get anything to connect to it. All phones on my line cannot. I have some travel soon so I will see if it is available in other parts of the state I don't travel often.

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