T-Mobile USA, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE bring back activations for Non-VoLTE phones

  • 10 September 2022
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T-Mobile, PLEASE BRING BACK ACTIVATIONS FOR NON-VOLTE DEVICES!!!!!!! There are many people in this country that want to use their older 2G- as well 3G capable phones along-side their LTE or 5G capable devices, and that is including me! I want to state that it is very bothersome when I want to use my 3 T-Mobile branded Nokia 3390s, or even my 5190, that they keep disconnecting with modern SIM cards I activate! It is very greedy of T-Mobile to do this to block new customers from using not just 2G devices, but also older LTE device such as:

Galaxy S3

Galaxy Note 2

iPhone 5

iPhone 5c

iPhone 5s

Galaxy S4

Galaxy Note 3

and many more early Non-VoiceHD LTE devices that are kind of rendered useless because of this forced VoLTE that new SIM cards are programmed on.

 

In many European countries like Germany where Deutsche Telekom is keeping 2G service active in it’s full glory and explaining that 2G service will stay, and they even reassured people that 2G is staying for probably like ever, why don’t we have that system here too where we can use whatever phone we want for forever? I mean, the 2G network will be around for a long time here so what’s the issue to allow activations for non VoLTE devices?

 

As I said earlier I have many Nokia 3390s (and I plan to get more) that I would like to use on the T-Mobile network and that will make me very happy and many others like me as well, and T-Mobile will make lots of money for new activations of 2G service too and I know they are looking for that. I will literally activate all of my 2G-3G phones in a heartbeat once they bring back Non-VoLTE activations! T-Mobile USA, the Nokia 3390s have only 64k SIM support and I BEG YOU GUYS TO PLEASE BRING BACK 64K SIM SUPPORT AS WELL!!!!! I WANT TO USE MY NOKIAS AND OTHER BRANDS FOR MANY MORE YEARS TO COME!!!!! T-Mobile, I know you are reading this, and I want to point out that since you guys have no set date for a 2G shutdown and won’t for a really long time to come, I do want you guys to seriously invest thought into bringing back activations for old Non-VoiceOver LTE back, if you guys can also please favor these old phones a little more and explain how awesome they are too when you guys create that specific page for old phones and activations too! T-Mobile, Thanks for keeping 2G GSM service active for us BUT PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE JUST LISTEN TO US AND BRING BACK 64K SIM SUPPORT SO WE HAVE EASY ACTIVATIONS That way you guys will have many more customers come on the network if that’s what you guys are looking for!!!!!!!

 

Thanks, David!


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Since you don’t need a fully functional smartphone (i.e. T-Mobile can’t text you if you didn’t have VoLTE, you can’t dial 911), then why not use a hotspot, and use your ‘device’ with everything but the phone feature ?  Similarly, you could take your device to another carrier.

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“ Since you don’t need a fully functional smartphone (i.e. T-Mobile can’t text you if you didn’t have VoLTE, you can’t dial 911), then why not use a hotspot, and use your ‘device’ with everything but the phone feature ?  Similarly, you could take your device to another carrier.”

On my present phone -- NOT having these two features -- TM DOES text me (too much) and I can call 911. VoLTE is a sub-function of VOIP -- that I do have -- and use often for WiFi only calls. I often use a “hot spot” -- but only with my laptop -- not for phone functions.

Thanks.

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Just as a note:  Verizon decommissioned CDMA, AT&T decommissioned 2G and 3G ( 3G still has signal in San Simeon CA on AT&T), Sprint decommissioned iDEN.  T-Mobile , being the last holdout, still has ‘some’ 2G in some areas.  Haven’t seen 2G in new buildouts, or many rural areas with B12/B71 LTE (eg. UP of Michigan).  Use your devices with a portable WiFi hotspot, and circuit switched  voice / txt is EOL.  You can contact FCC and plead your case.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2G#:~:text=Past%202G%20networks,-Country&text=2G%20availability%20cannot%20be%20guaranteed,be%20shut%20down%20in%202024.

Likewise CTIA (trade group for wireless)

https://www.ctia.org/what-to-know-about-the-sunsetting-of-2g-3g-networks-in-preparation-for-5g

https://blog.telegeography.com/2g-and-3g-shutdowns-continue

https://flickswitch.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/articles/23000020408-2g-3g-switch-off-in-south-africa

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https://www.blackberry.com/us/en/support/devices/end-of-life

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