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T-Mobile Shutting Down AWS, But Don’t Panic Yet

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T-Mobile has been announcing and warning customers that it will soon be shutting down its AWS HSPA+ network in a number of markets this year with Chicago being the most recent city to see the network shut down. But, don’t panic just yet–LTE isn’t effected, and according to T-Mo News, all customers who need to upgrade will be (and should have been) given the option to upgrade to a free phone to ensure that signal is 100% uninterrupted.

Here’s the schedule of shutdowns by city and date:

  • Indianapolis – February 25th
  • Louisville – May 18th
  • Chicago – June 18th
  • Houston – July 15th
  • Los Angeles – July 22nd
  • Albuquerque – July 25th
  • El Paso – July 25th
  • Oklahoma City – July 27th
  • Savannah (Jacksonville) – July 27th
  • Baton Rouge (Mobile) – July 27th
  • Columbus (Atlanta) – July 27th
  • Griffin (Atlanta) – July 27th
  • Charleston (Carolina) – July 27th
  • Kansas City – August 3rd
  • Roanoke (Virginia) – August 3rd
  • St. Louis – August 5th
  • Nogales (Phoenix) – August 10th
  • Madera (Sacramento) – August 10th
  • Boise City (SLC) – August 10th
  • Del Rio & Kingsville (Austin) – August 10th
  • Miami – August 20th
  • Laredo (Austin) – August 20th
  • Biloxi, Hattiesburg (Mobile) – August 20th
  • Anniston, AL (Birmingham) – August 20th

Most users won’t even notice the difference as T-Mobil has been pushing LTE phones for several years now. In fact, unless your device is more than 3 or 4 years old I doubt you’ll even notice. Regardless, T-Mo news posted a handy list of devices that will need to upgrade or run the risk of reduced signal:

  • BlackBerry 9300
  • BlackBerry Curve 9360
  • BlackBerry 9780
  • BlackBerry 9810
  • BlackBerry 9900
  • Dell Streak 7
  • Dell Venue Pro
  • Google Nexus 1
  • HTC Dash 3G
  • HTC G1
  • HTC G2
  • HTC HD2
  • HTC HD7
  • HTC myTouch 4G
  • HTC myTouch Slide
  • HTC Sensation
  • HTC Touch Pro 2
  • HTC Wildfire S
  • LG Double Play
  • LG dLite
  • LG G2X
  • LG G-Slate
  • LG Optimus
  • Motorola Defy
  • Motorola Cliq
  • Motorla Cliq XT
  • myTouch 3G Slide
  • Nexus S
  • Nokia 3711
  • Nokia Astound
  • Nokia E73 Mode
  • Nokia Nuron
  • Nokia 6263
  • Sidekick LX 2009
  • Samsung Behold
  • Samsung Behold 2
  • Samsung Comeback T-559
  • Samsung Dart
  • Samsung Exhibit 4G
  • Samsung Gravity T
  • Samsung Gravity 2
  • Samsung Gravity 3
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab
  • Samsung Highlight T-749
  • Samsung Memoir
  • Samsung Smiley
  • Samsung T-259
  • Samsung T-639
  • Samsung T-659
  • Samsung T-819
  • Sony Ericson TM-506
  • Sony Ericson TM717
  • T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspot
  • T-Mobile Comet
  • T-Mobile Jet 2.0
  • T-Mobile myTouch Q
  • T-Mobile myTouch
  • T-Mobile myTouch 3G
  • T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide
  • T-Mobile Sidekick 4G
  • T-Mobile TAP
  • T-Mobile WeConnect Stick

 

Customers with any of the above phones who are in the markets that will be experiening shutdowns of the AWS HSPA+ networks will be given a free upgrade to an Alcatel OneTouch Pop Astro, which is an entry level device that will grant users faster network speeds. Alternatively, you can take $100 towards a new phone. Users should receive a text message alerting them to the shutdown prior to the date and will need to call customer service.

If, for whatever reason, you decide you just love your phone too much, you’ll still be able to use your phone and such, but will be limited to 2G speeds, which is really not good for anything other than making calls and sending the occasional text message.

You can read more about the shutdown at T-Mo News.