This month, Google Fi, a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), is detailing how the T-Mobile 3G shutdown affects your subscription in addition to providing a Pixel update that permits VoLTE roaming.

T-Mobile will begin to discontinue its 3G network in July 2022. As a result, when the 3G networks are shut down, some devices that do not support Voice over LTE (VoLTE) or VoLTE roaming may lose voice calling services, including calls to 911, or connectivity.

Google recommends that you upgrade to a smartphone with VoLTE support since else there will be problems with your home network. In order to confirm overall device compatibility, Google links to the standard Fi checker . The option to use Wi-Fi for voice calls continues to be a limited alternative.

You won’t be able to use your device for voice calls—including emergency calls—when T-3G Mobile’s network is phased out, and you’ll only have limited connection.

Speaking of connectivity, Google Fi makes it clear that users who frequently connect to a 3G network would be affected by this closure and directs users to the coverage map to verify, which at present time only detects 4G LTE and 5G.

The following is how Google Fi sums up the issue for Pixel owners:

The 3G network shutdown affects anyone who use a Pixel 1 or 2. Your phone will not receive the necessary software update to enable VoLTE roaming, and you won’t be able to use your current phone while roaming within the United States.

Due to the lack of the VoLTE roaming upgrade, the Pixel 3 and 3 XL may have reduced call quality while travelling. The 3a users and all other Pixel owners are unaffected.

Google Fi also provides links to

Visit the FCC website for the most recent updates on the 3G phase out. On the T-Mobile site , you may find out more information on the outage. MORE ABOUT GOOGLE FI FTC: We employ automatically earning affiliate connections. More.

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