**UPDATE** T-Mobile deactivates Sprint Legacy 5G service. Many Sprint devices lose 5G capabilities.
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Migliaccio & Rathod LLP is currently investigating T-Mobile & Sprint due to reports that, once the two recently-merged mobile network carriers integrate their cellular infrastructure, owners of all 5G-capable Sprint phones (excepting the Samsung Galaxy S20) will be unable to access the T-Mobile 5G network unless they upgrade their device. Although the merger will facilitate broader general coverage for customers, Sprint’s current 5G configuration is incompatible with T-Mobile’s, an issue the two carriers have struggled to resolve. Ultimately, T-Mobile has decided to shut down Sprint’s 5G network and rework it to fit their specifications. However, this leaves most owners of 5G-enabled Sprint phones left out to dry; their devices’ technical specs render them unable to access T-Mobile’s low-band 5G network. T-Mobile announced a plan to offer discounted upgrade deals to affected customers. Only Sprint customers who own the Samsung Galaxy S20 will be able to access the new 5G network without an upgrade. Sprint 5G-capable devices that will be affected include:
- Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
- LG V50 ThinQ 5G
- OnePlus 7 Pro 5G
BayStreet Research reports that, from June 2019 to April 2020, Sprint sold roughly 75,000 incompatible devices.
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