Google Fi releases compatibility checker to see if T-Mobile’s 3G shutdown will affect you
Just a few more days to go and it’ll be July. This is the timeline when T-Mobile will start switching off its 3G networks. And that also means that non-VoLTE supporting devices will lose voice calling services.
To help with this, Google has rolled out a VoLTE roaming update to some of its best-selling devices: the Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 4 duo, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a (5G), and Pixel 6 duo.
But as explained by Google Fi, some unsupported devices may still lose voice calling services once T-Mobile’s 3G networks are shut down. Ultimately, this means that you won’t be able to use your phone to make emergency calls. It also means that you will have minimal connectivity. But you can still make calls using Wi-Fi.
If you believe that you will be affected by T-Mo’s 3G shutdown, the best way to counter that is to upgrade to a new phone. In particular, if you are still using the Pixel 1 or Pixel 2, you won’t be able to use your device anymore except under Wi-Fi connection. Pixel 3 users will also experience reduced ability for calls while roaming.
You can check Google Fi’s compatibility checker to see if your device is compatible.