T-Mobile will require VoLTE compatible devices for future line activations

24 July 2020
In anticipation of T-Mobile’s phasing out of 3G networks, the company will no longer support 3G-only devices starting in January.

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Anonymous, 25 Feb 2022Sounds kind-of political to me.yep-security is a broad word-anything can qualify and no one needs to prove anything...because of...you got it, security!

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    • 25 Feb 2022

    Robert, 05 Dec 2020Not a bad idea to switch back to non-Chinese devices becaus... moreSounds kind-of political to me.

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      • krL
      • 06 Dec 2020

      I use Tmobile Mobile Internet Data only plan on my Huawei Mate 20 phone so its not a big deal. Most of the calls I made are from Google Voice, Skype, Messenger, Kakaotalk, Viber, etc.

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        Dometalican, 24 Jul 2020Considering my wife's Huawei Mate 20 Pro has the capab... moreNot a bad idea to switch back to non-Chinese devices because of security concerns. See it as an opportunity to save your own safety in a long run.

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          • 05 Dec 2020

          Alan, 22 Aug 2020I don't really care about voice - I always use WhatsAp... moreBetter to stay away from Chinese phones anyway

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            • 05 Dec 2020

            If you want to check your IMS Service Status, just dial *#*#4636#*#* then click Phone Testing, then the 3 dots in the upper right, then IMS Service Status. This will tell you if your phone is currently supported by your carrier to handle VoLTE.

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              • 22 Aug 2020

              I don't really care about voice - I always use WhatsApp or Messenger as most of my calls are international. Guess we'll see. Don't really want to trash my $300 xiaomi note 8 pro I bought 6 months (not in the US)

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                • 08 Aug 2020

                I bought a Samsung Galaxy j7 (j730g) 2 years ago.
                It is supposed to be 4g and has all the neccessary bands but my carrier which uses tmobile has informed me that my phone is not volte enabled and service will stop in January. Manufacturer has said that my phone does not have volte but many independent references say it does.

                  Anonymous, 26 Jul 2020is there actually an app that I can use that will tell me w... moreYes, Net Monitor shows you. There's a widget for the homescreen as well.

                    Anonymous, 26 Jul 2020is there actually an app that I can use that will tell me w... moreLTE Discovery for Android. On an iPhone dial *3001#12345#*

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                      • 26 Jul 2020

                      Anonymous, 26 Jul 2020WHY would you even get a new Huawei phone if you're in... moreSince the Mate 20 series was the last to be allowed Google services out of the Mate phones, it was a piece of cake. It's still running well on EMUI 10.1.

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                        Dometalican, 24 Jul 2020Considering my wife's Huawei Mate 20 Pro has the capab... moreWHY would you even get a new Huawei phone if you're in the U.S.? I'm pretty sure you can't even sideload any Goodwill services to them and work anymore and even if you do once Google recognizes it or the apps themselves they shut down thats a waste of money

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                          kevinmcmurtrie, 25 Jul 2020Midrange and flagship phones usually support VoLTE for mult... moreis there actually an app that I can use that will tell me what bands my phone is actually operating on at any given moment?

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                            • 25 Jul 2020

                            the problem isnt finding a volte enabled device.
                            the problem is telecoms require said devices to be whitelisted even if they are capable. who knows what business deals and softblackmail theyll require from manufacturers to bend over.

                              Misfit2Fields, 24 Jul 2020So.. like, okay... Does this mean that phones that are unlo... moreMidrange and flagship phones usually support VoLTE for multiple carriers. Bands 12 and 71 are good indicators that VoLTE or VoNR will work on T-Mobile since those are their extended coverage bands. LTE 2+4 or 2+66 aggregation is a good sign too, since that is used in highly congested areas where 2G/3G would be futile.

                              Of course, having VoLTE/VoNR doesn't mean it works. Certain brands have specification sheets that the products can't live up to.

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                                apprise, 24 Jul 2020Seems like 2G is also still supported in UK. In fact typing... moreThey should just shut down the 2G. No need for that anymore. AT&T shut it down 3 years ago. In 18 months 3G will be going away too. The future.

                                  All this means is that your phone must support 4G LTE. It can still support 3G, like most new phones still do. But it can't be an older 2G- or 3G-only phone. Unlocked has nothing to do with it. Most people don't have to worry.

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                                    • 24 Jul 2020

                                    Considering my wife's Huawei Mate 20 Pro has the capability to use VoLTE and VoWifi but the T-Mobile SIM in it doesn't enable that feature, they BETTER be good with ANY phone that has the capability and the bare minimum 2/4/12 LTE bands. Otherwise, I will be really upset since I changed carriers to them back in March.

                                    I know I am due for a new phone from the LG V20 I got from Sprint (Asus ROG 3 is looking good but I'll be waiting for the Zenfone 7 pro or if Huawei's got a Mate 40X up its sleeve) but my wife's phone works perfectly fine so she shouldn't HAVE to get a new phone.

                                      I wish this would have came out before I decided to buy the Poco f2 pro.... Would have got a s10 or s105g... Hell, maybe even a op7 for around the same price. >.>

                                        So.. like, okay... Does this mean that phones that are unlocked or not from T-Mobile won't work anymore? Cause T-Mobile phone options lacking...