T-Mobile has switched off Sprint's 5G network, three months after the carrier's $26.5 billion merger with Sprint was completed on April 1. It's redeploying the airwaves as part of its own 5G service, but unless Sprint's 5G customers have a , they'll need a new phone to use T-Mobile's 5G network.
Though, it's now switched off , which was also live in parts of Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Washington, DC, Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Kansas City and .
T-Mobile is already switching the 2.5GHz spectrum back on, and it's available now for 5G in some areas of LA, New York, Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia.
"We are working to quickly re-deploy, optimize and test the 2.5GHz spectrum before lighting it up on the T-Mobile network," a T-Mobile spokesperson said in an emailed statement.
The carrier is offering replacement phones for former Sprint 5G customers. Customers who lease or finance a 5G phone at more than $10 a month will be given a Galaxy S20 5G for $10 a month after $31.67/month credit on an 18-month lease. Customers who own, lease or finance a 5G phone for less than $10 a month will be given a Galaxy S20 5G for zero dollars a month after $41.67/month credit on a new 18-month lease.