This week, Google Fi started advising customers that it will no longer enable smartphones that do not offer VoLTE support. The change indicates that T-Mobile is ready to phase out 3G and reuse spectrum as part of its 5G rollout plan and since Google Fi is an MVNO, it must do the same.
As first reported in July, T-Mobile will stop activating devices that cannot make calls with VoLTE (Voice over LTE). Some smartphones released a few years ago may not offer native support for VoLTE unless they are carrier brand devices. These devices have switched to 3G during phone calls and will therefore no longer be supported next year.
Operator Google is offering a credit of $ 100 to affected customers if they purchase a device directly from Google Fi and activate it before December 31. Customers eligible for this credit must have an active non-VoLTE device on an Fi line as of December 3. They must also have received this email notification regarding the credit. It should be noted that the credit can be combined with other promotions on current smartphones.
T-Mobile never knew exactly when it planned to end its national 3G network, but it is taking the necessary steps to do so as early as next year to expand its 5G network.