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King P
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Probably cheaper to buy MetroPCS than to build out

I'm willing to bet that T-Mobile saw the numbers, and it was a better deal to buy out MetroPCS and get their spectrum, than it was to build out in the areas where T-Mobile wasn't and MetroPCS is.

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hottboiinnc
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and don't forget those added customers also will add more money to their bottom line and can move them up higher on the list in terms of size. I'm surpised they haven't bought any MVNOs, especially the ones that are on their network, the same as Sprint did with Boost and VM-USA



djdanska
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reply to King P

Not to mention the added pcs spectrum will help with the hspa+ refarming, not to mention more aws spectrum.


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reply to King P

Last I checked, areas where MetroPCS has LTE and T-Mobile doesn't have H+ don't exist.

Also, MetroPCS is probably deploying LTE on a shoestring anyway...cheaper equipment (Samsung vs. Nokia-Siemens and Ericsson) and less backhaul capacity, as well as narrower channels since they don't have much spectrum to begin with and have to keep CDMA running for awhile yet.

Whoever buys MetroPCS will probably shut down a lot of MetroPCS's network shortly after purchase...if Sprint bought them the number would be 100% in areas that have Sprint LTE. If T-Mobile, then I'd give current cell sites six to nine months before they get turned down...it would probably be cheaper to have phones roaming on Sprint 1x for voice and messaging and using T-Mobile LTE for data (since all MetroPCS LTE phones can use AWS) than to keep a disparate network running, even for a subscriber base that is about 20% of the size of T-Mobile.



SteelerRaw

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reply to hottboiinnc

said by hottboiinnc:

and don't forget those added customers also will add more money to their bottom line and can move them up higher on the list in terms of size. I'm surpised they haven't bought any MVNOs, especially the ones that are on their network, the same as Sprint did with Boost and VM-USA

No, Boost came along for the ride in the Nextel merger.

dplantz

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reply to hottboiinnc

Simple Mobile was recently bought out by América Móvil the parent company of Tracphone so Tmobile can't buy them out now.



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said by dplantz:

Simple Mobile was recently bought out by América Móvil the parent company of Tracphone so Tmobile can't buy them out now.

América Móvil Also at one point showed interest in T-Mobile should the at&t merger fail.
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hottboiinnc
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reply to SteelerRaw

Boost actually was not part of Nextel. Boost was owned by another company and just an MVNO, they operate in other countries just as VM does. Sprint didn't take Boost until recently.



SteelerRaw

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said by hottboiinnc:

Boost actually was not part of Nextel. Boost was owned by another company and just an MVNO, they operate in other countries just as VM does. Sprint didn't take Boost until recently.

I'm afraid that you're incorrect.

»en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boost_Mobile

quote:
Boost's United States operation was acquired outright by Nextel in 2003, who began to expand the brand elsewhere in the United States in late 2004