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Two new HSPA+ and LTE devices now available directly from MetroPCS stores

MetroPCS is now ready to start selling devices that run on T-Mobile's HSPA+ network, marking the beginning of customer migration to T-Mobile US, the carriers announced today with a press release. Following the announcement earlier this week that MetroPCS customers in a few select cities -- Boston, Las Vegas and Hartford -- could bring their own unlocked GSM devices, stores in those same markets will now be selling two new devices that no longer use MetroPCS' CDMA network. The devices are the LG Optimus L9 and Samsung Galaxy Exhibit, a couple of solid offerings that fit well into MetroPCS' current device lineup.

The migration of customers begins just six weeks after the newly appointed T-Mobile US brand began trading on the stock market, and is ahead of schedule according to the carrier.

Data from MetroPCS shows that a full 60-percent of its customers upgrade their device yearly, and that it expects to have its whole customer base moved to GSM handsets by the end of 2015. T-Mobile says that it has already started to combine the LTE offerings of the previously separate carriers, letting MetroPCS customers in Las Vegas connect to the T-Mobile LTE network. As customers leave the legacy CDMA network, the spectrum freed up will then be applied to T-Mobile's current LTE rollout, which has some pretty lofty goals set for itself.

In the coming months we'll see a continued push to get all customers moved off of CDMA devices completely, eventually moving customers to the T-Mobile brand as well.

Source: T-Mobile

 

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T-Mobile ahead of schedule bringing MetroPCS customers to its network

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It's wonderful to see Tmobile and MetroPCS customers happy. They are doing great things in 2013.

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Well,

Many Nextel customers continued to want the direct connect IDEN network and Sprint did not "push" the issue. Even in the last 18 months when it became clear they were getting rid of it, many balked and complained.

Well, they say that they expect a full migration by 2015, so they will probably keep it on until around then. I doubt that they would announce something like the decommissioning schedule this early on. There will be many months warning. Just keep tabs on the news.

Isnt this a bad thing? It seems to me that adding a whole bunch of people will make the network slow and congested. Someone please tell me I'm wrong.

No, it's really not. T-Mobile's LTE network will already have more bandwidth than either Verizon's or AT&T's offerings in many locations. It will have more capacity even though it serves fewer customers, so Metro-PCS will easily fit. T-Mobile can also reallocate towers and bandwidth from CDMA gradually, as CDMA has longer range than GSM. This will also provide greater incentive for CDMA handset users to migrate to GMS, so it'll feed on itself.

Ok, so maybe once LTE is everywhere... but right now if a whole bunch of metro users jump ship and join tmo all at once or if the metro phones start using tmo towers all of a sudden I cant see how that wont make it much slower and congested.

If I'm wrong please tell me.

T-mobile doesn't serve as many customers in an area as AT&T or Verizon, where T-mobile has HSPA+ deployed it's often as fast as Verizon and AT&T's LTE offerings. I don't think we have a lot to worry about from the relatively small customer base of metropcs gradually moving to T-mobile, any speed impacts should be minimal and/or barely noticeable.

Thank you...you beat me to the punch. MetroPCS only had about 10mil customers, with only about 60% having LTE-capable devices. Considering that T-Mobile is rolling out an LTE network with more capacity in a given area than either Verizon or AT&T, and that T-Mobile has less than half the customers of either competitor even with MetroPCS, he is harping about a non-issue. Even if all MetroPCS users went and bought HSPA+ devices, there would be negligible speed impacts due to the low number of subscribers, and the fact that T-Mobile physically has more towers in a given area than AT&T or Verizon often need due to their higher frequency transmissions (T-Mobile 4G is on 1700/2100Mhz, so it doesn't reach as far).

Yes, jimmiekain: I'm telling you...YOU'RE WRONG.