San Diego, CA
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Might as well. Last i knew, MetroPcs has 700Mhz, 1900mhz/pcs, and aws spectrum. Granted not a lot, but it still will help t-mobile with the refarming. Plus MetroPcs has an LTE network.
At&t converted it's cdma alltel territory it acquired, so this should be that much different. Plus, t-mobile can refarm MetroPcs spectrum to help it's current PCS/AWS refarming. (putting HSPA+ on pcs) while possibly keeping current metropcs customers running until they get new phones.
The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult. The day he forgives himself, he becomes wise.
Re: Might as well. TMO needed for AWS spectrum in the NE which Verizon outbid them. MetroPCS has the NE AWS spectrum so they are good. In addition AT&T was trying to have new AWS bands defined to squeeze them, so this is a perfect spectrum match.
·Verizon Online DSL
| The kicker here is that MetroPCS could migrate off of CDMA pretty quickly if it needed to (e.g. when merging with TMo). The company already has one VoLTE-capable phone and they're pushing hard for more. Of course it might be cheaper to just give everyone on MetroPCS an HSPA capable phone comparable to what they have now on MetroPCS, compared to getting VoLTE running on TMo's entire network on a quick schedule. But it's an option.|
As for spectrum, TMo and MetroPCS fit perfectly: PCS and AWS. The key for T-Mobile will be shutting down CDMA on AWS quickly so they can use all of MetroPCS's spectrum there for LTE.
Re: Might as well. TMO seems to be pretty good at refarming the spectrum. I don't think it would take them long as long as they'd set a plan and make it soild and just roll with it. Even if it means moving those customers over to TMO handsets. TMO could give out free phones.
Re: Might as well. Free phones cost money though. Even if you're replacing MetroPCS quality phones.
Boynton Beach, FL
Good Usually not a fan of mergers that eliminate competitiveness but MetroPCS is struggling as it is and Tmo USA has competitive plans and pricing
Re: Good You don't really just need 3 providers. You can keep a 4th and the forth can be the discount provider that has no contracts, offers customers discounts for bringing their own phones, including the iPhone and actually giving directions on how to set it up. Who ever is in number 4 will be that carrier. But with Sprint itself it is going to need to change the way it does busienss. by them raising their prices even after they cried about not being able to compete against TMO-USA/AT&T Mobility. And now they're telling people they are considering charging extra for their LTE network. That will NOT keep people happy, even regardless if they offer unlimited data. What is next with them, overages and shared plans? I wouldn't doubt it at this point, especially when they have a HUGE network build out to pay for.
Re: Good Sprint is designed as a growth company, like all of Craig McCaw's other companies.
The problem is that the wireless industry is starting to saturate. Once the growth in data plans ends, the players will only be able to grow by taking customers from each other.
At that point, Sprint's lack of profitability and high debt load will really put it at a disadvantage against the other national carriers. This is especially true with an enlarged T-Mobile.
Re: Good And that is their problem- money. Sprint will run out of it and fast if they don't find something to get customers. the iPhone will only last for so long. Once TMO starts rolling out their HSPA fully they'll be taking iPhone5 customers from AT&T and alike. People will be shopping on price and nobody but TMO is set up for that. Sprint think's they're better than TMO when it comes to pricing, when in reality, they're NOT a ATT Mobility or CellCo style of company.
Sprint will end up being an MVNOE and moving on that side. It would make sense for them with all of the MVNOs they currently have using their network. The only other option would be them selling out and the owners of TracFone taking over, and turning them into a true discount provider.
Hell- As of today Straight Talk is now using the Sprint Home Device and giving away home phone for $15 a month with EVERYTHING included, $20/30 will net you international calling on a home phone. Something Sprint would never do.
Upper Marlboro, MD
Re: yeah......... so? I switched to Straight Talk from Verizon to save money. Crappy service, dropped calls, dropped data connection, no service at home.
I switched back to Verizon and couldn't be happier.
Re: yeah......... so? You must have picked a phone on a network that doesn't work well at your location. Could have been any of the three other networks...
| |WiseOldNerdDe gustibus non est disputandumPremium
Competition is GOOD Anything that helps build sustainable competition to the Death-star and the Klingons should be supported. That will always benefit the customers of all companies.
My perception is REALITY
Re: Competition is GOOD I think you mean the Death Star and the Borg.
Re: Metro PCS (and the competive market). Even for those that can't get postpaid the fact that someone can go to Walmart and get Straighttalk or similar MVNO's on those networks causes even more pressure on the little guys. I myself have recommended Straighttalk on the AT&T network due to very good coverage around here.
Re: Metro PCS (and the competive market). i refer people to the Sprint and VZW network- especially since on Sprint's side you can roam now. I have told people also to get ST sims and use TMO. Or just TMO directly.
But i see TMO out doing Sprint- Sprint is too focused on their MVNOs.
Re: Metro PCS (and the competive market). Sprint will run out of cash and that's their limit. Sprint never was focused enough to start off with. If they would have been busy doing this to start off with they'd be in a better postion than they are now. They bailed on WiMax before it was even off the ground. They launched what? 2 Cities before killing the idea and selling everything? They then played the wait and see game and now that got them no where. Sprint should have been behind CLEAR and pushing out their WiMax service and killing everyone on that, they could have easily deployed a full size national WiMax network by now instead of in the hand full of cities that they are in.
And i know TMO has MVNOs on their network, but not to the size of Sprint.
Re: Metro PCS (and the competive market). Sprint launched WiMAX in a hell of a lot more than 2 cities, bub.
| || |said by hottboiinnc:From your comment it seems that you don't know what your talking about. Bailed on wimax? lol
Sprint will run out of cash and that's their limit. Sprint never was focused enough to start off with. If they would have been busy doing this to start off with they'd be in a better postion than they are now. They bailed on WiMax before it was even off the ground. They launched what? 2 Cities before killing the idea and selling everything? They then played the wait and see game and now that got them no where. Sprint should have been behind CLEAR and pushing out their WiMax service and killing everyone on that, they could have easily deployed a full size national WiMax network by now instead of in the hand full of cities that they are in.
And i know TMO has MVNOs on their network, but not to the size of Sprint.
Re: Metro PCS (and the competive market).
said by JamesPC:No, he usually doesn't know what he's talking about though he likes to pretend he does. He's got some kind of weird obsession against Sprint.
From your comment it seems that you don't know what your talking about. Bailed on wimax? lol
| || kiosks cost money. There is no point in having them, especially Corp owned when you can find a dealer that will manage them for you. Especially the gas stations and the payment center stores that offer ever carrier under the sun, or even Best Buy. It makes much more sense from a busienss stand point to move to dealers and allow the company as a whole to focus their money in places it makes sense. That is why a good share of the CLEAR "stores" are dealers, especially in the malls. Sign master agreements with these companies and let them have at it- the same as DELL did with their "new" stores. Which by the way are closing after Christmas.|
| |Irun Manwhat obstacle?Premium
It's the iPhone, stupid Carriers that didn't pay the dreaded iPhone tax are feeling the pinch and customers are leaving in droves. Smaller players such as MetroPCS have been hanging on by the fingernails since iPhone 4.
T-Mobile has been swimming against the tide as well and iPhone 5 is only accelerating customer defections.
We are being assimilated by the
Borg great apple.
I turned on my computer for this?
Re: It's the iPhone, stupid Sadly that seems to be the case. Same for US Cellular.
| || |said by Irun Man:Leap (Cricket) has had the iPhone for a little wile now and they're still struggling.
Carriers that didn't pay the dreaded iPhone tax are feeling the pinch and customers are leaving in droves. Smaller players such as MetroPCS have been hanging on by the fingernails since iPhone 4.
Re: It's the iPhone, stupid Well you have to factor in the price and what they offer. If they give you over 2.5GB of data under 60 then you will see those telcos doing better. Look at what happen to H2O, they started great and then they went to the 1GB max and people left in droves to Straight talk.
bah I hate MetroPCS no one should merge with this company. They have terrible spotty coverage. You can never get a good signal indoors. Also they charge more money for 4G prepaid than T-mobile prepaid. Back out T-mobile stay far far away!
Re: bah T-mobile is buying them just for their licenses.
| |viperpa33sWhy Me?Premium
| |said by brianiscool:Where the hell are you living? I have had MetroPCS off and on for the past 5 years. There problems are no worse than AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile. I have 4G and I get 4 bars in my house constantly. I drive to work over an hour each way and never had a dropped call. I get 4-5 bars when I am at work, both indoors and outdoors.
I hate MetroPCS no one should merge with this company. They have terrible spotty coverage. You can never get a good signal indoors. Also they charge more money for 4G prepaid than T-mobile prepaid. Back out T-mobile stay far far away!
MetroPCS business currently is geared towards the metro areas so of course you will get spotty coverage in the rural areas. Last time I looked MetroPCS is upgrading there coverage areas slowly but surely.
MetroPCS isn't good for people who travel allot. It's good for people who are on a limited budget. I can call any phone (home and cell) all hours of the day. I have unlimited text and web all for $50 a month. That $50 a month is with all taxes and fees included. I may not have the Iphone but I have the LG Esteem which is good enough for me.
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Not sure how I feel about this But I have to say that will be good for T-mobile user since they will see more speed increases. Also it will be good since there won't be no more shady Metro resellers acting like actual Metro corp stores.
| |bbrlogueLearning New Things DailyPremium
Sprint Nextel, again GSM & CDMA, Sprint Nextel again. If this happens, I'll enjoy the show. Can't get worse than the way Sprint handled it - I hope.
Junk+Junk= Junk. AT&T could have made something useful out of T-Mobile's assets. This mess would just be junk.
Re: Junk+Junk= AT&T and Verizon already own the market. That wouldn't have changed anything.
T-Mobile and Sprint could offer free service, and with sh*t networks, it doesn't put any pressure on AT&T or Verizon with their mighty networks.
Re: Junk+Junk= But once you leave the urban area, T-Mobile has nothing. So for anyone who ever, say, goes on vacation, T-Mobile is pretty worthless. AT&T and Verizon work pretty much everywhere. Verizon is the most consistent in that.