From The Maw of AT&T to a Bigger, Bolder Competitor
by Karl Bode 09:12AM Wednesday May 01 2013 Tipped by FFH
After getting approval from both shareholders and regulators, T-Mobile and MetroPCS today announced that they've officially become one company. "The combination of T-Mobile and MetroPCS creates an even stronger disruptive force in the U.S. wireless market," T-Mobile CEO John Legere said in a prepared statement. "Together, as America's Un-carrier, we'll continue our legacy of marketplace innovation by tearing up the old playbook and rewriting the rules of wireless to benefit consumers." The combined company serves 43 million subscribers, and would have seen $24.8 billion in combined revenues last year. T-Mobile claims the combined spectrum holdings allow for "20+20 MHz of 4G LTE in approximately 90% of the top 25 metro areas."
If your area is being upgraded to add HSPA+ to the PCS band (which also enables them to launch LTE on the AWS band), you might be noticing issues related to this activity. This happens on all wireless networks when they are doing upgrades.
2013-May-1 6:00 pm: ·
djdanska Rudie32 Premium,MVM join:2001-04-21 San Diego, CA kudos:4
It's been the same way here and was told it was due to the LTE and pcs refarming. It's just now fixed itself and the LTE network is visable. So, it should get better soon. You can call customer care up and put a ticket in too. I've found that it does help. -- 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. Alden Nowlan
Does anyone know since the merger, will thus increase signal if your an area of metro pcs? I live In South West Florida and apparently the METROPCS market is big out here, but i have tmobile so im wondering if itll increase TMOBILES signal in Metro Area?
It doesn't increase or decrease anything, it just gives them more spectrum. Isn't MetroPCS a CDMA provider, though? I think T-Mobile's plan is to decommission the network in 2015 after they get all the Metro customers over to T-Mobile.
From what I was told there will be slightly better coverage Nationwide as Metro pcs towers that are not in the vicinity of TMO coverage area ( where according to TMO map states coverage is less than satisfactory) may be retained and converted to TMO equipment, And customers in those areas will need to swap out there Metro CDMA phones for TMO HSPA/LTE phones, which will have to be done regardless as the new company is dropping the CDMA band all together.
Those towers that are over lapping will be decommissioned. So for those of you in Places like Florida Where Metro does have a lot of native coverage there may be a significantly larger coverage area coming when two become one.
Less competition? Actually it brings in MORE by TMO USA bringing prices down. If you want lower prices tell Spent they shouldn't cry about rates going up if ATT Mobility & TMO USA merged and then turn around not even 3 weeks later and raise their own prices on both Prepaid and post paid. And now have Dan state that they'll be increasing fees and prices because they're not gaining much from anything else.
Also if you bother to read the FAQ from the companies you would see that Metro will still be Metro:
3. If I am a MetroPCS customer, does this mean I am now a T-Mobile customer?
No. T-Mobile and MetroPCS will operate separately, and MetroPCS will maintain its brand name and its customers. Some of the key benefits for our customers include combining the best of MetroPCS and T-Mobile so that we may soon provide access to a faster, nationwide 4G network, as well as a wider selection of cutting-edge smartphones.
Unless Sprint's been false advertising.. they said in their latest radio commercials that Metro PCS customers will lose their metro phones and coerce Metro subscribers which use CDMA phones over to GSM, which tmobile uses..
4g be damned, none of the networks yet use 4g for routing calling yet on a network-wide basis. There are FAR too many cell sites which have to be upgraded to be compatible first and will take YEARS to do the entire 3rd party towers outside of the carrier's control.
MetroPCS customers won't have to upgrade in the immediate future. By the time T-Mobile shuts down the CDMA2000 network, there will be very few customers left on it, since they will have already replaced their phones by their own decision (or necessity if their old device breaks).
T-Mobile intends to quickly start selling GSM/HSPA/LTE devices to MetroPCS customers (sometime this quarter). This should prevent a repeat of the Sprint/Nextel disaster where two networks were run for way too long with no good plan to integrate customers of the combined carriers.