Tello forced migration from Sprint to T-Mobile

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3 weeks 13 hours ago #1 by joseph
What is the arrangements regarding Tello forcing all remaining Sprint CDMA lines to migrate to the T-Mobile GSM network on or before October 31? I received a text from them stating this requirement.

Are all resellers of Sprint service operating on this same timeline? When is T-Mobile scheduled to disable CDMA?

Any suggestions for an inexpensive flip phone for basic voice service on the T-Mobile network? (Are they offering any free handsets for remaining active CDMA lines?)
 

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3 weeks 13 hours ago #2 by KentE
Tello isn't offering free phones: I'm not aware of any MVNOs that are.

Timeline seems to vary a little, or at least the timeline of MVNO's warning their customers about this. Tello says Oct 31. If T-Mobile sticks to the current schedule, that's 2 months before the CDMA network gets shut down.
I have a Red Pocket $3/mo line on legacy Sprint, and Red Pocket hasn't said a thing to me about the shutdown. (Of course, it's happening whether Red Pocket tells it's customers about it or not.)
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3 weeks 5 hours ago #3 by bingyee

Tello isn't offering free phones: I'm not aware of any MVNOs that are.

Timeline seems to vary a little, or at least the timeline of MVNO's warning their customers about this. Tello says Oct 31. If T-Mobile sticks to the current schedule, that's 2 months before the CDMA network gets shut down.
I have a Red Pocket $3/mo line on legacy Sprint, and Red Pocket hasn't said a thing to me about the shutdown. (Of course, it's happening whether Red Pocket tells it's customers about it or not.)

I don't think Dec. 31 is necessarily the deadline to migrate out of Sprint's network if you have a Sprint capable 4G VoLTE capable phone.  That shutoff isn't until June of next year.  My dad is actually using the same RedPocket plan you mentioned above and his iPhone 6s should theoretically be fine come January.  I wish I could find out for sure though through actual use, but unfortunately his year is up in December and I am planning to move him off RedPocket.

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3 weeks 3 hours ago - 3 weeks 3 hours ago #4 by joseph
@bingyee Then why is Tello using October 31 as the cutoff date?

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3 weeks 2 hours ago #5 by KentE

Tello isn't offering free phones: I'm not aware of any MVNOs that are.

Timeline seems to vary a little, or at least the timeline of MVNO's warning their customers about this. Tello says Oct 31. If T-Mobile sticks to the current schedule, that's 2 months before the CDMA network gets shut down.
I have a Red Pocket $3/mo line on legacy Sprint, and Red Pocket hasn't said a thing to me about the shutdown. (Of course, it's happening whether Red Pocket tells it's customers about it or not.)

I don't think Dec. 31 is necessarily the deadline to migrate out of Sprint's network if you have a Sprint capable 4G VoLTE capable phone.  That shutoff isn't until June of next year.  My dad is actually using the same RedPocket plan you mentioned above and his iPhone 6s should theoretically be fine come January.  I wish I could find out for sure though through actual use, but unfortunately his year is up in December and I am planning to move him off RedPocket.
 

Yeah, thanks for the correction!:  I'm just used to thinking in the frame of my older CDMA Sprint devices.  (And I'm guessing those are the devices many are using on Sprint MVNOs.  Just to be clear, my phone on Red Pocket CDMAS is definitely not capable of VoLTE on that network, or any other.

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3 weeks 2 hours ago #6 by KentE

@bingyee Then why is Tello using October 31 as the cutoff date?
 

2 possibilities: 
1)  Tello's wholesale agreement with T-Mobile may specify the earlier date.
2)  Tello doesn't want to deal with a crush of last-minute folks trying to find a solution, and upset when their phone quits working. That's not unusual with MVNOs that pride themselves on customer satisfaction-- better to get them to transition earlier than the absolute deadline, and not lose service.  (Ting has followed a similar path with transitions, for just that reason.)  
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