A dozen more smartphones will stop working on T-Mobile network Later this month, as of January 29, 2021.
This appears to be a result of the network update that will start on January 29th. Since these devices are outdated, manufacturers will not send software updates to make them work on the T-Mobile network. So they will not be able to establish a network connection.
The support document issued by T-Mobile states that “T-Mobile and Metro customers who use these older devices will lose all network connections if they do not replace their devices.”
Given the age of some of these phones, it is definitely time to upgrade to a new phone. Most of these are from 2014, 2015 and even earlier.
Interestingly, this update is not about shutting down an old network. This was what many expected. And there have been some rumors that it’s about VoLTE, but T-Mobile says that’s not the reason.
These are the smartphones that won’t connect to T-Mobile on January 29th
These phones include: AT&T or Verizon Galaxy Note 4 (T-Mobile-branded version will still work, but needs software update), AT&T Galaxy Note Edge, HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle, HTC Desire 650, Huawei Mate 8, Huawei P9, Mikrotikls SIA R11e-LTE6, OnePlus 1, Quanta Computer Inc. Quanta DragonIR7, Samsung Galaxy S5 Duos, Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, Sony Xperia Z3, Sony Xperia Z3 Orion, Sony D6616 Xperia Z3 Orion, Soyea Mobile Communication Equipment Co Ltd SOYEA M02 and ZTE ZMAX.
Additionally, there is one tablet that no longer works, which is the Google Nexus 9.
These are all much older devices, the most recent from 2016. Many of them were not sold by T-Mobile – which is why they were not able to update this network in the future.
Fortunately, T-Mobile has a number of great deals available on newer smartphones at the moment so you can get a new phone at a very low price.