T-Mobile, as part of the continuing process to merge the T-Mobile and Sprint networks, pushed out an update to Sprint smartphones, tablets, and mobile hotspots to enable them to roam more easily onto the T-Mobile network.
Specifically, a Preferred Roaming List (PRL) update was pushed to Sprint devices on the network. The PRL tells devices which networks and towers a device can connect to, and the new PRL allows Sprint devices on Sprint plans to automatically and seamlessly roam onto the T-Mobile network, even if there is Sprint coverage available.
Initial reports indicate that this change also applies to our Top Pick Sprint non-profit plans, which offer truly unlimited data on mobile hotspots. The change should allow mobile hotspots on these plans to use whichever network is best at a particular location, greatly expanding the usable coverage map for these plans.
This is the next stage of the eventual integration of Sprint network assets into T-Mobile, as a result of the 2020 merger of the two companies. Eventually, the Sprint network will be retired and current Sprint plans and devices will exclusively use the T-Mobile network.
For now, this is good news for Sprint customers who can now more fully take advantage of the T-Mobile network while still using the Sprint network.
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