T-Mobile will require VoLTE in early 2021

Carriers are developing their networks to better support new technologies, and as a result, some phones are being abandoned. Some T-Mobile documents reveal that the operator plans to reject any phone that does not support VoLTE in just a few months.

Internal documents obtained Android police (pictured below) reveal what is in store for T-Mobile users in January.

T-Mobile will shut down its 2G and 3G networks, resulting in many phones without support for voice calls and potentially the network as a whole. The carrier seems to be planning to demand it all new phones on their network support VoLTE from August 4, 2020. After that, everything devices that use T-Mobile will have to support VoLTE until January 31, 2021. This is regardless of whether the device is used by the customer or not.

Update 12/24: More information has been revealed since this change was originally reported. The change will take effect on January 29, 2021, and includes the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy S5 Duos, HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle, Desire 650 and Nexus 9. Huawei Mate 8 and P9 are also on the list, as are OnePlus One, Sony Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact and Z3 Orion. ZTE ZMax, Soyea M02, Quanta Dragon IR7, Netgear’s Arlo security camera system and Mikrotikls SIA_R11e-LTE6.

For affected customers, Android police reports that T-Mobile will offer free replacement devices. The offer for these free devices starts today and includes Samsung Galaxy A21, Galaxy A11, Alcatel GO FLIP 3 and T-Mobile REVVL 4.

What does this mean for customers? Potentially, many will have to buy a new smartphone. T-Mobile supports VoLTE on most unlocked smartphones, and most devices sold in the U.S. have been supporting the technology for years. I argue that for the vast majority of customers this will not be a problem.

However, customers who may have imported a smartphone that is not officially sold in the United States and still works on T-Mobile’s network – think Oppo, Huawei or Xiaomi will – are likely to find that their device can no longer make calls. , and this can cause question data as well.

Customers affected by this change will obviously receive text in the near future to notify them of the change. The T-Mobile documentation also confirms that this change will affect Metro (formerly MetroPCS). It is unclear whether this will affect other MVNOs using the T-Mobile network, such as Google Fi, Mint Mobile, Consumer Cellular and others.

It is also significant that it comes only a day after AT&T started informing (and deceiving) customers about a similar change, but their termination is later.

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