According to internal T-Mobile documents received and verified Android police, The company plans to drop mobile network support for 19 devices on 29 January, 2021. Affected devices include smartphones from Google, Samsung, Sony and more, as well as older home security cameras and wireless routers.
Full rundown here, According to T-Mobile Internal list:
- Google Nexus 9
- Huawei Mate 8
- Huawei P9
- HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle
- HTC Desire 650
- OnePlus 1
- Quanta dragon ir7
- Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Both AT&T and Verizon models; T-Mobile version of Note 4 is not affected)
- Samsung galaxy note edge
- Samsung galaxy s5 duos
- Sony xperia z3
- Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
- Sony xperia z3 orion
- Sony D6616 Xperia Z3 Orion
- Soy M02
- ZTE ZMax
- Microtickles SIA_R11e-LTE6 miniPCIe modem
- Netgear Arlo Security Camera System
The change affects T-Mobile, MetroPCS, And Sprint customers, but the effect will depend on which carrier basically uses your device. T-Mobile and MetroPCS devices will lose all network support starting January 29, while Sprint devices will lose T-Mobile roaming connectivity, but may use Sprint’s legacy 3G network until shutdown in 2023.
It is possible that there are more unsupported devices, but T-Mobile is yet to make a public announcement in writing, so we can only turn off Android Police information. That said, T-Mobile will reportedly alert customers via SMS text starting December 28, which still gives them just a few weeks to upgrade to use these older products.
The brief notice is inconvenient, but we would recommend users to upgrade from any of the smartphones listed above even if T-Mobile’s support is dropped. Not only are new phones faster and packed with better features and cameras, they also receive regular security patches that older phones do not.
If price is a problem, look for mid-range devices like the Pixel 4A and 5A, or Samsung’s Galaxy A51. As long as the phone is still supported by its manufacturer, it will be a huge jump in performance and security, and you can buy much less than a new flagship handset.