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T-Mobile to Operate 2G Network Through 2020

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Sep 14, 2016, 1:03 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

T-Mobile today said it plans to operate its 2G GSM network through the year 2020. The company has optimized its 2G network to run on less spectrum alongside its LTE 4G network. The vast majority of T-Mobile handsets connect via LTE. T-Mobile is keeping its 2G GSM network alive specifically for Internet of Things and machine-to-machine devices. As such, T-Mobile is attempting to lure away AT&T's IoT and M2M customers by offering free SIM cards and free 2G service through the end of the year to any subscribers that switch. Many IoT and M2M applications require little bandwidth and generally access the network only periodically. T-Mobile is going after AT&T because AT&T plans to shut down its 2G network at the end of this year.

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dougm

Sep 15, 2016, 12:48 PM

4 more years of EDGE.. Ugh.

They could've been refarming their 1900 GSM space into LTE during their 700 and 1700/2100 upgrades, but instead they're going to keep up 2G for the 5% of their customers/IOT devices still on their network. I'm still getting EDGE in many rural areas or roaming on AT&T 2G even where their coverage maps show LTE being deployed. I really doubt their claims that they are going to see an increase due to at&t 2G churn. Probably most of those devices are SIM locked to at&t anyway. They should've killed 3 birds with one stone and just ditched 2G GSM at the same time they did their 700 rollout and 1700/2100 upgrades. Should also update their roaming agreements with AT&T to include HSPA roaming privileges. So tired of 2G, it's nearly useless thes...
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2G is NOT useless. And being forced to replace equipment that works just fine is such a waste. Especially for very small data amounts it saves having to replace and retest deployed systems. It might not bring a lot of revenue but its a viable alternat...
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