According to internal T-Mobile documents obtained and verified by Android Police, the company plans to drop mobile network support for 19 devices on January 29, 2021. Impacted devices include smartphones from Google, Samsung, Sony, and more, as well as older home security cameras and wireless routers.
Here is the full rundown, as per T-Mobile’s 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 ATT and Verizon models; The T-Mobile version of the 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
- Soyea M02
- ZTE ZMax
- Mikrotikls SIA_R11e-LTE6 miniPCIe modem
- Netgear Arlo Security Camera System
The change affects T-Mobile, MetroPCS, and Sprint customers, but the impact will depend on which carrier’s network your device originally uses. T-Mobile and MetroPCS devices will lose all network support starting January 29, while Sprint devices will lose T-Mobile roaming connectivity but can still use Sprint’s legacy 3G network until it’s shuttered in 2023.
It’s possible there are more unsupported devices, but T-Mobile has yet to make a public announcement as of writing so we can only go off Android Police’s information. That said, T-Mobile will reportedly alert customers via SMS text starting December 28, which gives those still using these older products just a few weeks to upgrade.
The short notice is inconvenient, but we’d recommend users upgrade from any of the smartphones listed above even if T-Mobile wasn’t dropping support. 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 an issue, look into 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’ll be a huge jump in performance and security, and you can buy one for a lot less than a new flagship handset.