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Cricket Wireless CDMA Shut Down Schedule


Cricket Wireless has announced a schedule to shut down their legacy CDMA network in three different phases. The shutdowns are expected to happen on a rolling basis and the market shutdown will begin a month before the first ‘sunset date’ and be closed by the bill cycle at the end of the ‘sunset date.’

For example, the first sunset date is March/April. Customers will have their CDMA service terminated by the bill cycle beginning March 15, and the CDMA network will be completely shut down in those markets by April 15.

Here is the schedule for the shutdown:


  • Washington, DC
  • AR:  Little Rock, Fayetteville and Fort Smith
  • DE:  Wilmington
  • IL:  Chicago and Northern Illinois
  • IN:  South Bend
  • MD:  Baltimore
  • NJ:  Atlantic City
  • NY:  Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse
  • PA:  Philadelphia


  • KS:  Wichita
  • NM:  Albuquerque and Las Cruces
  •  NV:  Las Vegas
  • OK:  Oklahoma City and Tulsa


  • All other legacy CDMA markets not listed above will be turned off by mid-September, 2015.


Cricket customers should have been prompted to move from the old CDMA network to the new GSM network. If you are still using the CDMA network (meaning you don’t have a Cricket Wireless SIM card), contact Cricket Wireless to see what you need to do in order to switch to their new, AT&T-powered network prior to the shutdown date. If your phone is still active on the network when they shut it down, you may have trouble reclaiming your number.