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T-Mobile has merged with Sprint – Here’s what it means for your devices

T-Mobile has merged with Sprint – Here’s what it means for your devices

T-Mobile has merged with Sprint
Here’s what it means for your devices
T-Mobile has merged with Sprint
Here’s what it means for your devices

Read in C|NET: T-Mobile has merged with Sprint.

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T-Mobile has at last merged with Sprint, uniting the nation’s third- and fourth-largest carriers and shaking up how some of you may get your wireless service. But this massive shift in the industry brings with it questions for people with T-Mobile and Sprint devices.

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With more than 100 million users, the two carriers now have a customer base closer in scale to larger rivals AT&T and Verizon. Having one less wireless player elicited concern from regulators that easing competitive pressure would mean higher prices, but T-Mobile has maintained it would continue to serve as the aggressive “Un-carrier” underdog representing consumers. 

But there will be big changes coming, especially for Sprint customers who all of a sudden have a new provider. From devices and 5G to rate plans and features, here is a breakdown of what you can expect. 

Will my phones still work?

Just because the merger has closed does not mean that your Sprint phone will no longer connect. Both T-Mobile and Sprint’s networks will still be up and running, and devices that connect to them should still be able to do so for now without any interruptions.

Will my coverage be improved?

With Sprint now joining T-Mobile users on both networks should start to see improvements in coverage. In fact, this process has already started, with T-Mobile expanding a roaming agreement to let Sprint users onto its network as part of its response to the coronavirus pandemic

What about T-Mobile customers?

T-Mobile customers will gain extra capacity thanks to Sprint’s spectrum. This should mean faster speeds and better performance.

“More spectrum means better performance, whether it’s 5G or (4G) LTE,” says Walter Piecyk, an analyst at LightShed Partners. “And T-Mobile is buying more spectrum.”

Will I need to get a new T-Mobile phone if I’m on Sprint?

Nope. And if you bought a phone in the past few years — such as a recent iPhone or Galaxy — it likely already has support for both T-Mobile and Sprint’s respective networks. In February, a Sprint spokeswoman said that “about one-half,” or about 20 million users, of the company’s branded customers “have devices that are already compatible with T-Mobile’s network.”

Exactly how much of T-Mobile’s network your phone will be able to tap into, such as T-Mobile’s wider-ranging 600MHz spectrum (also known as Band 71), will depend on how recent it is. 

If you have an iPhone XR, XS or later you should be good for the full T-Mobile experience, but devices older than 2018 may not be able to tap into the full capabilities of T-Mobile. A full list of devices that support T-Mobile’s 600MHz spectrum can be found here

Apple’s second ever iPad is officially obsolete

Apple’s second ever iPad is officially obsolete

Apple’s second ever iPad is officially obsolete
Apple’s second ever iPad is officially obsolete
As we noted earlier this month, one of Apple’s earliest tablets is now officially classified “obsolete” by the company.

Apple’s iPad 2, released in 2011, packed a dual-core A5 processor, thinner form factor, and VGA front-facing and 720p rear-facing cameras. However, what was state-of-the-art almost a decade is ago is now considered so old that Apple Stores will no longer service it.

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This applies to all versions of the iPad 2, including Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi and cellular versions.

The only exception to this rule is Apple’s home state of California and Turkey. Both of these markets have consumer protection laws that mean that Apple will have to continue supporting the iPad 2 until March 2021.

Vintage and obsolete
Apple classes vintage products as ones which were discontinued five years ago. Obsolete products, meanwhile, are those discontinued more than seven years back. It means that Apple users are unable to obtain service and parts from Apple or Apple service providers.

While it’s now reached the end of its life, the iPad 2 hung around for an impressively long period. It outlasted both the iPad 3 and iPad 4. Apple sold the iPad 2 until 2014. The last operating system upgrade compatible with it was iOS 9.x.

You can check out a list of all Apple’s vintage and obsolete products (at least, going back to Steve Jobs’ return to Apple in the late 1990s) here.

Apple won’t repair your ‘obsolete’ iPhone 5 any more

Apple won’t repair your ‘obsolete’ iPhone 5 any more

Apple won’t repair your ‘obsolete’ iPhone 5 any more
Apple won’t repair your ‘obsolete’ iPhone 5 any more
The iPhone 5 may be 6 years old at this point, but for many Apple fans this remains one of the greatest iPhone models ever built, and a genuine classic.

Sadly, there’s a bit of bad (if predictable) news from Apple: According to the company’s latest update of “vintage” and “obsolete” devices, the iPhone 5 is now considered too old for Apple repairs.

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No more repairs

The official difference between “vintage” and “obsolete” largely comes down to differing legal requirements around the world, where laws require differing levels of support for older products. For most places, however, these terms are largely interchangeable in terms of what it actually means for customers.

As Apple notes on its official website, “Owners of iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Mac products may obtain service and parts from Apple or Apple service providers for 5 years after the product is no longer manufactured — or longer where required by law … Apple has discontinued all hardware service for obsolete products with no exceptions. Service providers cannot order parts for obsolete products.”

The iPhone 5 was officially discontinued on September 10, 2013 after the announcement of the iPhone 5s and 5c. The iPhone 5c did feature virtually the same internal hardware as the iPhone 5, but — if we’re reading the rules correctly — it seems that the iPhone 5 is unlikely to be eligible for repairs in most places.

Unfortunately, with the abandonment of the iPhone SE, this has been a bit of a sad year for fans of the iPhone 5 form factor. While the iPhone 5s, 5c and iPhone SE will be supported for repairs for a bit longer, this is one more step toward the end of the road for one of the greatest ever iPhone designs.

Of course, there are always independent third-party repair shops you could try like PC Expert Services. We repair iPhones and iPads here in Irvine.

Source: Apple

These MacBooks will hit Apple’s dreaded ‘vintage and obsolete’ list soon

These MacBooks will hit Apple’s dreaded ‘vintage and obsolete’ list soon

These MacBooks will hit Apple’s dreaded ‘vintage and obsolete’ list soon

These MacBooks will hit Apple’s dreaded ‘vintage and obsolete’ list soon

MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models that launched in 2013 and 2014 will reportedly be placed on Apple’s list of “vintage and obsolete products” at the end of April.

Despite what the name implies, this doesn’t mean these devices just became useless. Instead, it’s going to be harder to get them serviced.

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Apple promises that iPhone, iPad, iPod and Mac products can get repaired by Apple Stores or authorized service providers for five years after the product is no longer manufactured. According to an Apple internal memo leaked to MacRumors, the products passing the five-year mark at the end of April 2020 are:

  • MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2013)
  • MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2013)
  • MacBook Air (11-inch, Early 2014)
  • MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2014)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2014)

All these models will be listed as vintage, not obsolete.

Some Apple products are vintage, others are obsolete

macOS and iOS computers and peripherals are considered vintage five years after they were last manufactured. With this designation, they can still get serviced by Apple and authorized service providers, but that’s “subject to availability of inventory,” according to Apple.

Vintage Macs can even get operating system upgrades. The 2012 MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models classified as vintage are also on Apple’s list of computers compatible with macOS Catalina, the latest version.

After two more years, products are labeled obsolete, which is the end of the line for authorized repairs. “Apple has discontinued all hardware service for obsolete products with no exceptions. Service providers cannot order parts for obsolete products,” notes the Mac maker.

While this sounds harsh, the “newer” MacBooks currently classified as obsolete were made in 2011.

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Domain name – This is shown as www.yourcompany.com, and is usually a yearly payment. WordPress, as an example, charges $14.99 per year for your domain name.

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