T-Mobile to shutter the MetroPCS CDMA network in New England, Las Vegas on July 1

Are you still rocking a MetroPCS device that uses their legacy CDMA network? The clock is now ticking for you to upgrade to a device that supports T-Mobile's HSPA+/LTE network instead. Customers in Las Vegas and New England are being prompted to upgrade before June 30th. Starting July 1st the legacy CDMA network in those regions will no longer operate.

Don't worry, it's not all gloom and doom. T-Mobile, who merged with MetroPCS in late 2012, will offer discounts on new phones for those needing to upgrade. Just head into your local MetroPCS store location to see if you're eligible for an upgrade.

Again, it looks like this is just for those in Las Vegas and New England. If you have an older MetroPCS device that connects to the legacy CDMA network you should be fine for now. T-Mobile/MetroPCS will alert you when it's time to upgrade. Visiting Las Vegas or New England with one of those old CDMA devices? You'll end up roaming and may incur additional charges.

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Source: MetroPCS Via: Phone Scoop

 
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hmmm says:

I wonder if the voice quality will go down when you switch from CDMA? People on those older phones probably care about voice more than anything else.

nexus15 says:

They can talk and surf the Web at the same time.

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galfert says:

My experience is that GSM has always had better voice quality than CDMA.

movielover76 says:

Voice quality on T-Mobile is generally better than CDMA in my experience.

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FutureKix says:

Hmm. But the network is already established... and having a backup technology is always good... so are they just trying to sell more phones or is there some legitimate reason here?

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Hiberny says:

The CDMA network doesn't do T-Mobile any good. The faster they can use that spectrum the better. They do have to worry about MetroPCS customers with legacy phones. They want to keep those customers if possible. With some of the current deals its not that expensive to change over. Though I can understand that it will be a hassle for some people.

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xKrNMBoYx says:

Back up is good but T-Mobile is a GSM network. In order to battle Verizon and ATT, T-Mobile needs better coverage. Shutting down CDMA and converting to GSM is just one possibility.

I for one don't see this as a plan to sell more phones. It's a plan to get more customers in the long run which will lead to more phone sales.

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For T-Mobile it's a waste of time and money to keep a CDMA network going that isn't compatible with the rest of its network. They're better off eating the cost of moving people to GSM devices and repurposing those towers and spectrum to be compatible with everything else.

NoNexus says:

Still a crap move

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jeddo45 says:

Its a move that should be done though. In plus, the consumers benefit from it right away. Newer phone, better data.

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NoNexus says:

Unless you cannot afford it and just bought your phone the day before the announcement

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Except that Metro hasn't been selling CDMA phones for a while, so if you just bought your phone, it's already a GSM phone.

NoNexus says:

Yeah since the merger was compete, how many did they sell that still have a year or more on Contract?

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No such thing as a contract on MetroPCS. It's 100% pre-paid.

NoNexus says:

Didn't know that, but it makes it worse since they just paid full price for a phone and have to turn around and do it again

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Again, Metro hasn't sold a CDMA phone for over a year, so no one "just paid full price for a phone" that isn't going to work. The last CDMA phones were sold about a year and a half ago.

That's not true, bought SGS3 less than a year ago and I'm told I need to upgrade. Others bought their phone back in December.

udazavlanje says:

True. Unless they give them Moto Gs for free.

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How is it a crap move? Customers move to a better network with drastically better device choices.

ScottJ says:

Don't feed the troll.

NoNexus says:

It's is a crap move because they are forcing a customer to spend money. Either through an unwanted/unneeded upgrade or roaming

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deparson says:

When the old CDMA network is turned off they will need the new phone!!

NoNexus says:

It should be two years out from the day they stopped selling cdma

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jc_17 says:

It costs money to maintain and keep those towers running.. They're no good

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abbott says:

Verizon and Sprint will eventually drop CDMA too, they just have a lot more customers so they can't do it as early as Metro, we will start to see Verizon phones that are LTE only pretty soon.

Grahaman27 says:

Die CDMA, die!

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jeddo45 says:

That's what I'm saying. I'm so tired of CDMA. It needs to be done away with.

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kagenish says:

i'll change my CDMA phone when i can get the sony xperia z2

Hiberny says:

Ask and you shall receive. http://www.androidcentral.com/sony-unlocked-xperia-z2-headed-us-online-s...

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NoNexus says:

Oh wow, sprint gave Nextel 2 years from announcing they were gonna shutter the iden network.

Kinda dickish to force them to switch this soon...

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mech1164 says:

It may be for those people who got phones just as this was going through. If anything they knew full well that this was going to happen quickly and still bought a phone with limited life expectancy. Better to get it over with and move these customers over than have a zombie cdma co-network. Look how well that worked out for Sprint. Most of these people are smart and will get a good device at a great price. .

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Hiberny says:

Anecdotally, the reps at my local MetroPCS store said the recent sales have gotten most of their regular customers (who were hanging on to old CDMA handsets) to upgrade. It seems as though most of their customers upgrade to a new handset every year.

Also, think of these as a warning shot for the rest of the CDMA network.

I disagree. The faster they shut down this legacy CDMA network, the higher quality GSM they will have once that spectrum is available. Doing this as quickly as possible is better for everybody in the long run. Besides if they're still using years old devices, I think they'll appreciate the new devices once they have them in their hands and are using them. Just has to be done.

NoNexus says:

I am with you on shuttering Cdma, but they should have waited.

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ScottJ says:

That's because you are a troll who slams T-Mobile no matter what they do.

By the way, shouldn't Sprint have bought them by now, Nostradumbass?

Completely different situation. MetroPCS is a regional network that already relied heavily on roaming to provide nationwide coverage. T-Mobile stopped letting MetroPCS sell CDMA phones soon after the merger closed — there really aren't that many MPCS customers using CDMA, and those who are now get new devices and a better network.

NoNexus says:

It is the same when it boils down to it. Incompatible networks and the cost of maintaining them. If I remember right when sprint bought Nextel they also stopped selling iden phones right away, but kept the network running until everyone was off contract.

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ScottJ says:

Go troll somewhere else.

NoNexus says:

That word doesn't pertain to this situation. I can understand you using it though with the limited vocabulary you have.

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ScottJ says:

It did because you come to T-Mobile threads to troll. You are as predictable as the sunrise.

Jay Holm says:

It's called repurposing spectrum. Sprint has been bleeding customers for 7yrs because of mismanaging their network upgrades. T-Mobile is using Metro's spectrum to upgrade to Wideband LTE sooner than Sprint toom to repurpose Nextels spectrum for their Spark service.

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android_app says:

Nextel spectrum is being repurposed for 800 LTE and 1x not for Spark service. Spark runs in the 2.5 spectrum.

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NoNexus says:

Spark is Sprint

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movielover76 says:

Prepaid has a much higher churn rates than postpaid, and most of their customers have cheaper phones so they can move them off the network much faster.
I'm a metropcs customer with a nexus 5 they are getting a much better deal moving to the T-Mobile network

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udazavlanje says:

From what I understand CDMA towers reach further, so they would need extra ones to cover the gaps. In this case "no replacement for displacement" fits very well.
There is a vast land to cover cross country and I don't see them investing all that money in unpopulated areas.

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How far a tower reaches is mostly determined by the spectrum being used. Technologies can help, too, but it's tied to the spectrum those signals are traveling on.

udazavlanje says:

True. I kinda didn't take that into consideration.

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Jay Holm says:

Does that mean Wideband LTE is coming to Connecticut??? It is part of New England. . .It seems like Wideband LTE hasn't been expanded to anywhere other than Dallas.

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codemonkey85 says:

I live in Connecticut, and I have T-mobile, so I hope so! We have pretty lousy coverage in my town right now.

Jay Holm says:

I live in Waterbury, coverage, signal, and speed are all fabulous.

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codemonkey85 says:

I live in New Milford, and I can't even do a Google Search. :-(

Only thing this is about a small phone company trying to catch up with the big dogs and they have plenty and plenty and plenty of work before they even have a chance to compete with #1 Verizon wireless # 2 At&t they barley can compete with sprint

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I had the worst service with metro my 4g dropped all the time had to set my phone on roaming still did not work called metro they told me I needed the higher plan for it to work and it still didn't work properly when into a store and was told its wasn't working properly because of the changes from networks and was too that I had to buy a new phone because the one I had even though it has a sims card they were going to work no more so I just switche d phone company