DOJ letter tells Dish and T-Mobile to figure out CDMA customer migration, or else

DOJ letter tells Dish and T-Mobile to figure out CDMA customer migration, or else


T-Mobile plans to shut down Sprint’s legacy CDMA network on January 1st 2022, a move that Dish Network calls anti-competitive. | Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

The Department of Justice has “grave concerns” about the upcoming shutdown of Sprint’s legacy CDMA network, according to a recent letter spotted by Bloomberg, and is urging both Dish Network and T-Mobile to take “all appropriate steps” to reduce the impact on customers still relying on the network. Many of Dish’s Boost Mobile customers — which it acquired from T-Mobile as a condition of the Sprint merger — still rely on the older 3G network and stand to lose phone service when the Un-carrier decommissions it on January 1st, 2022. It’s been a sore spot in increasingly troubled relations between the two companies.

This July 9th letter from the DOJ was shared by Dish as part of its second quarter financial filings yesterday. It’s addressed…

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