VoLTE Compatible Devices
Getting a new phone with VoLTE Compatible Devices is not something everyone finds pleasing- Whether it is because it is out of your budget or your happy with the one you have and have become used to it.
However, there comes a day when everyone has to upgrade because of a broken screen, or it won’t turn on. If you are a T-mobile user, you will either have to upgrade your phone or change your carrier for the upcoming year, with force. Why?
Documents obtained by AndroidPolice
According to documents obtained by Androidpolice, T-mobile is shutting down its 3G voice network, giving its users the time for an upgrade till the end of this year.
T-mobile will be putting this order in to use in January. Unlike other carriers that have shut down the 2G networks and many like AT&T, who have warned their consumers that in 2022 4g voice calling will no longer work, giving consumers more time than T-mobile.
T-Mobile requires all users should have devices that are compatible with Voiceover LTE (VoLTE). The ones that are not compatible will get impacted starting from January 2021.
Consumers of T-mobile either got mail on December 18th or a text SMS on December 28th, letting consumers know that if their phone is not VoLTE compatible, they cannot connect to the network.
When T-mobile got asked to verify the obtained documents by Andriod police: they verified that the legacy voice network will go offline soon enough. This change will influence consumers to upgrade their phones, whether they want to or not.
The majority of the phones or devices affected are from 2015 or earlier years.
The devices that T-mobile will no longer connect to in the upcoming year are:
- Samsung Galaxy Note 4
- Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
- HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle
- HTC Desire 650
- Google Nexus 9
- Huawei Mate 8
- Huawei P9
- Mikrotikls SIA_R11e-LTE6
- Netgear Arlo Security Camera System
- OnePlus 1
- Quanta Dragon IR7
- Samsung Galaxy S5 Duos
- Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
- Sony Xperia Z3
- Sony Xperia Z3 Orion
- Sony D6616 Xperia Z3 Orion
- Soyea M02
- ZTE ZMax
Consumers using T-Mobile’s MNVO, Metro, or one may know as MetroPCS, will also get affected by this VoLTE move. It is not clear when these changes will apply to MVNO’s using T-Mobile networks, like Mint Mobile, Google Fi, and Consumer cellular, but one can expect the timeline to be the same for them.
The great competition between carriers makes each carrier wanting to give their consumer the best experience, and to do so, LTE and 5G are all the rage these days. The progress of technology has transformed the nationwide network with the 5G.
Actual Timeline for 3G Shutdown
T-mobile had yet to confirm the actual timeline for the 3G shutdown stated, as it is not clear whether non-VoLTE compatible phones are also getting kicked out or not. Before you go rushing to change your phone- have a look at whether your phone is compatible with VoLTE.
Any phones produced and sold in the last five years are compatible. However, older and imported phones may not be. It will not only affect their everyday users. It will also affect tourists because T-mobile’s prepaid travel SIM will also only work with a VoLTE compatible phone.
Having consumers buy new phones does not put T-Mobile in good light, especially during this pandemic, when many are having financial difficulty.
On the obtained documents, it states that any consumers targeted will get additional offers, and if that is the case, then maybe consumers should wait and see for a week or two before rushing to a decision. Consumers impacted will have to wait and see whether T-mobile puts any discounts or offers on purchasing new devices.