T-Mobile postpones Sprint 3G shutdown to March 31st, 2022

T-Mobile will wait a while longer to shut down Sprint’s 3G network. The Verge reports T-Mobile has delayed the CDMA network shutdown from January 1st, 2022 to March 31st of that year. The carrier pinned the delay on “partners” who hadn’t “followed through” on helping their customers transition to newer network technology.

This would supposedly give partners “every opportunity” to fulfill their obligations. “There should be no more room for excuses,” T-Mobile said.

The explanation appears to be a not-so-subtle attempt to pin the blame on Dish. The satellite TV provider bought Boost Mobile from T-Mobile in July 2020 and planned to use Sprint’s legacy network until it could

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