Ever since the merger of T-Mobile with Sprint was announced as a done deal on April 1st
, we were wondering which exactly phones that are currently sold by the two carriers will be able to take advantage of their networks when they start coalescing, especially in the 5G realm.
While we knew that the unlocked Samsung Galaxies were prime candidates, most folks buy their phones from a carrier, and 5G is currently deployed on widely different bands of spectrum, so it is often not financially feasible for carriers
to integrate support for all of those it wouldn't use.
T-Mobile swooped in this week to clarify the matter, touting that Sprint's Samsung Galaxy S20 5G owners
will be the lucky devils that will be able to access both carriers' 5G networks first, as soon as the end of April.
Where does that leave the rest of the 5G warriors, however, including those who got the 2019 5G flagships at a grand and above? Well, in the doldrums, of course, as Sprint's Galaxy S10 5G
, for instance, will sooner or later be incompatible
with the New T-Mobile's 5G connectivity.
Which Sprint 5G phones will and won't work on the new T-Mobile network after the merger?
Here's what Sprint
has to say on current phones' 5G compatibility with T-Mobile post-merger:
Starting 4/28/20 the only Sprint devices that support the first, largest and only nationwide 5G network are the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G, the Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G and the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G.
Make sure to install the latest device software updates so that we can bring you the first, largest and only nationwide 5G network that is bigger, better and goes farther – covering more people and places with incredible radial reliability indoors and out.
That's that, and you catch the drift. Since T-Mobile is mainly using the low-band 600Mhz spectrum for its "nationwide" 5G network, Sprint’s current 5G network (Band 41) will be redeployed to expand T-Mobile's coverage to the mid-band, shutting down access to Sprint's 2019 5G phones in the process.
So, which Sprint phones won't be compatible with the new T-Mobile's 5G network after the merger?
Fret not, however, as the new T-Mobile will be offering deals
on all of the oldies above that will be incompatible both on the new T-Mobile 5G network, or for a fallback on Sprint's current 5G network at some point in time (4G LTE will be a go, of course):
- Those who currently own, lease or make payments on a 7 Pro 5G (256GB), S10 5G (256GB), V50 ThinQ (128GB) and are paying less than $10/mo. will get a Samsung Galaxy S20 5G for $0/mo. after $41.67/mo. credit with a new 18-month lease.
- Those who currently lease or make payments on a 7 Pro 5G (256GB), S10 5G (256GB), V50 ThinQ (128GB) and are paying more than $10/mo. will get a Samsung Galaxy S20 5G for $10/mo. after $31.67/mo. credit with a new 18-month lease.
- Those who purchased an HTC 5G Hub on an installment plan will get a credit of $12.50/mo. for the remainder of the term. If they purchased the hotspot outright, T-Mobile will give them a one-time credit of $300 applied to their bill.
Way to turn a crisis into an opportunity, T-Mo, and to soothe the worries of all those who may be wondering why are the phones they just paid a premium for a few months ago, now going in the dustbin of 5G history. You basically will be able to keep your payments, and get a Galaxy S20 5G for either free, or for $10 a month as an upgrade, which is a great deal no matter how you slice it.