Ask TmoNews: What Does The MetroPCS Merger Mean For Me?

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With the shareholder vote behind us, the T-Mobile/MetroPCS merger is free to close and is expected to do next Tuesday.  With that closing date just 96 hours away, it’s time to take a step back and understand how this deal will affect you, the T-Mobile customer. The truth is that for now, you won’t see any changes other than the continuation of T-Mobile’s new UNCarrier/Simple Choice strategies as they refarm their network and begin to rollout LTE.

The deal will begin with T-Mobile and MetroPCS continuing with a “business as usual” approach, By the end of this year, T-Mobile expects to have 200 million pops covered with their LTE network.  Once T-Mobile and MetroPCS join and remain two separate entities, both the T-Mobile name and MetroPCS name will still exist. It has been suggested that they make take a Sprint/Virgin Mobile approach with T-Mobile becoming the contract and B2B focused branch, with no-contract subscribers under the MetroPCS brand. Neither company has commented on whether or not something like this is a real possibility.

Once the deal closes, T-Mobile can start selling the same devices to both T-Mobile and MetroPCS customers. As I’ve  repeatedly said on the various TmoNews’ social media channels, my biggest hope for this deal is that with a bigger customer count (42 million), T-Mobile can try and leverage more handset exclusives. This has been particularly frustrating over the years and with the new UNcarrier strategy, I’m hopeful T-Mobile can leverage  a larger customer base to stock their shelves with more flagship devices. It’s my hope that with more size, comes more leverage and bargaining power.

Once we move into 2014 and 2015, the deal becomes a little more fruitful as the combined company begins to join networks. T-Mobile can use MetroPCS spectrum to expand their LTE footprint as both companies have released their LTE network on the AWS 1700MHz band. With MetroPCS spectrum in various cities, T-Mobile can expand their LTE capacity allowing for more speed and better coverage by building on Metro’s existing LTE network.

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It’s when we get to 2015 that we see the really great spectrum play with T-Mobile and MetroPCS as both companies highlighted some 20×20 LTE spectrum coverage in some major markets around the country. In these markets, which include New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Boston, San Francisco, Tampa, Las Vegas, Orlando, Sacramento, and Detroit, LTE speeds will be twice as fast as Verizon’s LTE and 4x as fast as MetroPCS’s current network configuration.

To recap, for now, the two companies will continue with a “business as usual” approach. At some point in the near future, the plan is to migrate MetroPCS’ 1900MHz spectrum over to HSPA+, just as T-Mobile is doing with their own PCS spectrum. Metro’s current AWS spectrum will be used to expand and enhance T-Mobile’s own future AWS LTE network. As for how handsets, rate plans and the rest of those details will work, it’ll probably be some time before we get any sort of concrete detail. MetroPCS did confirm during the middle of last year however that they are working on software to “authenticate” MetroPCS devices to see T-Mobile’s network as a “home” network. The goal is to fully migrate users over the next couple years and decommission the CDMA network, freeing up more spectrum for LTE.

If you’re a Metro customer, go about your business and continue as though nothing as changed, just as T-Mobile customers should do. At the very least, there is likely to still be a wait until there is an opportunity for MetroPCS customers to grab T-Mobile devices anyway, so — as you were.

 

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  • Chris

    Being in Detroit, this is great for me! Not that t-mobile’s coverage isn’t great in the city already. I hope this helps with their edge of the city performance.

    When will my note 2 be allowed to connect to Metro towers? Not until 2014?

    • Julian C. Taborda

      Probably never because they will be decommissioning the metro network. The spectrum in this deal is really the golden ticket because it will allow for mega fast lte

  • Outrager

    Since T-Mobile’s LTE network is on the AWS 1700MHz band, will HSPA+ still be able to utilize the AWS 1700MHz band? Or will HSPA+ be converted to the 1900MHz band?

  • Aurizen

    so nothing good will happen till 2015…

    • brain99

      Tmobile will quietly be moving spectrum from Metro over to enhance standard signal strength before that. Full LTE moves from Metro won’t take place until 2015. They will, however, be moving a lot spectrum behind scenes for standard 3g and voice use.

      • Aurizen

        I see, well how long before we see that? wont be this year.

  • James

    so, we wont see any changes until 2015?
    but, i thought when t-mobile launches LTE in markets where MetroPCs LTE already exist, T-mobile can use Metro’s spectrum.
    is that right?

    • Aurizen

      all of that will be in 2015 I believe, the LTE and the metro refarm.

  • the2000guy

    Why in the middle top is completely blank? No coverage there?

    • http://de-kart.com Wagonist

      no body lives there!, The entire state of Wyoming has the population of less then 1/100th (less then 1%) that of a major city like Los Angeles

      • the2000guy

        But there is more states there. WHy no coverage at all in the neighbor areas?

        • sdrive85

          Who would pay? If there are no subscribers there is no income. It’s very expensive to maintain a network. Business decisions, though questionable to the rest of us, always come back to the bottom line. No customer = no income.

        • the2000guy

          I understand the concept of business. But I dont understand why? No people there? No technology at all?

        • http://de-kart.com Wagonist

          not only is there no cell phone reception, theres not even broadband internet in most parts of those states. People have to use crappy satellite internet if they want anything other than dialup

        • the2000guy

          Wow, so no carrier there. How can they live there? I cant live that way anymore. I didnt know that in USA existed states that dont have cellphone coverage. I was expecting at least to make calls.

        • http://de-kart.com Wagonist

          There is, Verizon has coverage from the old legacy networks, but the coverage map that’s shown on their website is GROSSLY exaggerated..

        • fsured

          Do you live these areas or frequent them much? There may be regional carriers that are offering LTE service that just don’t have the name recognition like Verizon or At&t. Some company is offering coverage so that customers can roam in the area. These big companies are buying the smaller ones to “expand”. Eventually the regional players in these heavily populated areas of the country will be gone and hopefully attention will be put toward these states lacking coverage. But previous states are right, its about the $$$ involved to connect smaller rural areas.

        • Rudy Belova

          You mean that big verizon coverage map at the mall with the entire country in red is a lie? Say it ain’t so! LOL

        • the2000guy

          So at least they have Verizon to make calls. And probably very expensive

        • miggity

          There is roaming coverage, you can continue to imagine visiting them.

        • the2000guy

          The images and information that I read made me think of the 1930′s old west LOL

        • http://profiles.google.com/mrice.hill Mr. Hill

          People use landlines out there.

        • http://de-kart.com Wagonist

          to give you an idea, there are 5 people in wyoming for every square mile, whereas NY has 412 people for evey square mile. So unless those people decide to pay 10x the monthly cell phone rate as the people in NY it makes no business sense to develop network for a state that hardly anyone live in. The moose are not demanding cellphone coverage.

        • the2000guy

          Absolutely. Thanks

      • Dakota

        Looks like 5 states with zero coverage & many other totally white spaces…many people who travel rule out T-Mobile and go with Verizon or AT&T

        • http://profiles.google.com/mrice.hill Mr. Hill

          If I’m driving all over the US on a regular basis then yes I would go with Verizon but how many people do you think actually are driving across Montana and Wyoming on a regular basis? Maybe some truck drivers. For the person who might drive through these areas once or maybe twice a year, having roaming coverage for voice out there would be just fine.

        • the2000guy

          Is there any coverage of Verizon, att or sprint in those 5 states?

        • princedannyb

          at&t and verizon do but sprint just has roaming

    • enoch861

      No T-Mobile coverage. In those areas you’ll be roaming. It’s painful especially when you have drive through it because you will end up with no data especially if you stream music (you only get so much roaming data).

      • the2000guy

        But why in such a great area that include 5 states has no coverage? No one lives there? I checked and is Montana, Wyoming, North and South dakota and Nebraska. No one uses cellphones there?

        • brian90

          They is no major populations in those states. Some of those states have smaller populations than any of the top 20 cities.

        • the2000guy

          You are right pal, I checked about those states and basically are deserted in population and probably in technology.

        • http://profiles.google.com/mrice.hill Mr. Hill

          Extremely small populations in those areas and T-mobile sees it as more economoical to just pay another network for roaming in those areas than to spend millions putting up towers over such a vast area for so little people.

        • enoch861

          Good question. I honestly don’t know. I’ve been puzzled by the same question. I really don’t care too much though because I don’t live there, but its puzzling never the less. Maybe its because the population is so low they don’t bother? I know as a fact that Omaha and Lincoln Nebraska have T-Mobile coverage though since I’ve been there. The rest is roaming.

    • Rudy Belova

      It’s been known that D.T. (t-mobile’s owners til now) haven’t really been. well.. “devoted” to it’s American network in quite a few years. It’s unknown how the new ownership will deal with the rural areas.

  • trife

    No T-Mobile LTE in my city.

    No MetroPCS LTE in my city.

    Bummer.

    Guess I’ll just have to be patient, which is something I’ve grown accustomed to as a TMO subscriber for the past 10 years.

    • http://www.youtube.com/#/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

      Why would you stay for 10 years if you are not happy? Just curious…

      • Dion Mac

        not having lte hardly means youre not happy.

      • trife

        I’m confused. What part of my statement said I was unhappy?

        • http://www.facebook.com/steven.madrid.5 Steven Madrid

          The part where you say bummer. That usually implies a feeling of sadness. Feeling sadness = unhappiness.

        • trife

          So because I said “bummer” about not being in a TMO/MetroPCS city, that means I’ve been unhappy for 10 years? Okay.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Dustin.aka.D Dustin Allen

    Yay for living in Tampa. Bring that speed here ASAP

  • http://twitter.com/fightcrazy Vinny

    I’m from the Boston area and it looks like Metro is all over the place with their LTE. Looking real strong in the future. We need a freaken break.

    • the2000guy

      Break for what?

  • Dakota

    Is Atlanta one of those cities cuz I thought it was an metro PCs LTE mkt. Can someone tell me if the new T-Mobile contracts still include all those contract plan fees that often added 20% to your bill? 911 fees, access fees etc…I know the prepaids & MVNOs usually just add $1-2 in sales tax….
    For T-Mobile s sake, hope they improve their coverage & brand reputation before 2015. They’ve got the iPhone, SG4,HTC1,Note2,Nexus4,Blackberry z10… the excuses are gone. Still find itinterestingto just ask friends what they think about tmT-Mobile and not a single person said anything positive. Tmo was seen as a poor network frequented by the poor. (Stores were also added in poor areas next to stores with metropcs & boost signs which reinforce that vs AT&T and VZ in wealthier more mainstream areas

    • Ashley

      Thank your local government for those fees. The prepaid services are exempt from that. Look at cable bills and home phone bills… in Florida they’ve all got communication fees.

      • MCGTech

        Only requirement in Houston on Tmous was to register a home location so 911 can find you. No extra fee for 911. Kind of silly since I’m normally very mobile.

  • Dakota

    No Chicago:-(

    • sidekicker89

      I’m sure Chicago is being tested.. if you Check Airportal . de , most of Chicago has been refarmed.. so LTE is probably coming soon! :)

      • Nick

        That’s a cool website

  • oryan_dunn

    Calling T-Mobile Contract/B2B Brand and Metro PCS non-contract Brand doesn’t really work since T-Mo is now no-contract.

    Perhaps, T-Mo will be the “allows roaming” brand while Metro PCS is the non-roaming brand?

  • xmiro

    I think carrier exclusives need to go the way of the dinosaur. Though they are also largely dependent on handset manufacturers ie Nokia chooses to go single carrier exclusive with the Lumia (mistake imo, since I want a 920). The GS4 and iPhone are available on all networks (good thing imo).

    Where T-Mobile needs to differentiate with MetroPCS is value, LTE network AND the coverage. T-Mobile need to grow the network just a bit more, and improve some of the coverage outside metro areas. And have some good ads out there spreading the message

    • Laststop311

      yea nokia rly did fuck up I totally was going to buy the 920 too. But I wont leave that 30 dollars 100 min unlim text unlim data 5GB b4 throttle just to get the 920. Paid 630 for a g note 2 on ebay and currently enjoy paying 30 a month for 42 mbps dc-hspa+

    • Laststop311

      Does metro PCS expand tmobiles frequencies nationwide or just the blue areas? Basically do you have to live in a blue area to get any benefit from this?

      • Tyler

        Metro PCS generally only has licenses for radio spectrum in the blue areas.

        • TMOTECH

          That is a coverage map. Spectrum licenses exceed those areas greatly.

      • xmiro

        Blue areas are where metro has service, but I think they have aws licenses outside those too

    • Durandal_1707

      I think the way things are going, carrier exclusives *are* going the way of the dinosaur. Look at the dominant phones on the market – the Galaxy line, the iPhone – and you’ll see that much of their success comes from the fact that they’re marketed exactly the same on all carriers. And now it looks like the other makers are following their lead – HTC with the One, LG with the Nexus 4, and Moto with the rumored X Phone. I think that in the future, making exclusive phones for a certain carrier will be sort of a “kiss of death” for a company; just look at what that practice has been doing for Motorola lately. Carrier-independent lines are going to be a necessity for phone makers to stay competitive in the current climate.

  • Jeff M Grace

    I find it amusing how tmobile is a Bellevue,WA state company yet like all the other carriers coverage is primarily east coast why..? There my be slightly more in the east coast and people who make more but come on.

    • http://profiles.google.com/mrice.hill Mr. Hill

      East coast is more densly populated and there are more people on the East Coast.

    • Rudy Belova

      I just assumed that since the original networks that made up voicestream where headquartered there originally and they just stayed there. (western wireless i think?)

  • brian9090

    Awesome! They hit the major areas with the most populations–California, New York, Florida and Texas. Detroit is just lucky I guess.

    • Jeff M Grace

      Yes I know it’s about money … Seattle is big so it Bellevue and so is the Olympia wa area I’m in

      • http://www.facebook.com/alexis.lanning.94 Alexis Alvarez

        What about Yakima washigton lol tmobile where u at!!!?

  • jonathan3579

    I wish I had the power to lay the ban hammer on you.

  • Rick Rudge

    I’m very excited about the merger of these two companies. On a recent trip to the California Central Valley, I noticed how poor the data connections were for T-Mobile, but there were a ton of MetroPCS shops in the area. T-Mobile worked fine, but data connections were very poor in this area. I look forward to seeing the improved spectrum in this area. Good work, you guys.

    • unbearablepleasures

      Really? I’m in Modesto often and the speeds are actually pretty damn good.

      • edjcs

        Yes, modesto has great speeds for most of the city, especially downtown. But surrounding areas like Waterford are stuck on Edge speeds, which is pretty useless when using a smartphone.

    • http://www.facebook.com/randall.lind Randall Lind

      Most places here MetroPCS sucks so I can see wifi calling a help for them.

  • Jay J. Blanco

    I’m waiting to buy stock of T-Mobile ! lol when will TMUS come available for purchase on the NYSE ???

    • pholocity

      i think they’re ringing the bell at the NYSE on May 1

      • Jay J. Blanco

        I hope so im framing my share lol

        • kornbred

          May 1st. 100% sure

        • Tmobile tony

          What happens to current pcs stock owners? Is it going to be like when rim changed to bbry?

        • http://twitter.com/JDoakes_SD Joe Doakes

          im sure they will just issue new shares for the newly combined company.

  • NYCTheBronx

    Ever since T-Mobile rolled out 4G LTE here I’m San Jose, CA.y HTC One X keeps getting disconnected. I have gotten lost many times on the freeway due to me losing data connection. I’m assuming unlocked phones don’t work well on T-Mobile anymore here in San Jose. When I switched back to my LG Google Nexus 4, my data does disconnect and I have no problems with my GPS. Plus the 4G LTE speeds here are slow. The max I hit was 49mbps and I usually get 30mbps on 4G LTE which is slow. Just yesterday, I got 27mbps on my Nexus 4 while on HSPA+. While people back in New York when the whole T-Mobile 4G LTE demo was going on, people were hitting 60mbps+. Please T-Mobile, fix the coverage here in San Jose. I still do fall back on Edge sometimes and I walk into a dead zone here sometimes. I hope all goes well for these upcoming States to receive 4G LTE.

    • Eric

      30 Mbps isn’t slow…. That’s 3X faster than the average broadband network in the USA.

      • Trevnerdio

        Am I really 11x above the average at my house? o_O

        • RonJeezy

          Everybody is all worried bout 27, 30, 42 I would just like to be not on Edge 45% of the time and sometimes in G! 4 state region of MD, PA, WV and VA! I love my t mobile though

    • Dmac

      You are complaining about 30, 27, and 49mbps, are you retarded? Most would kill for even 27, really. If you actually understood reality is that 60mbps was a test with no one on the network, honestly, what the hell you need +49mbps for anyways, that is way faster than my home internet that can easily handle my Xbox live and my whole network without lag!

      • MCGTech

        Wow, I’m giddy at 10Mbs what are you griping about? (Intended for NYC)

      • NYCTheBronx

        Restarted? Please don’t use offensive words like that. I only hit 49mbps once. I knew it was a test but there were actually a few people on the network when they ran those tests. When SF gets 4G LTE, they’ll probably have better coverage and higher speeds. Other States and Cities are closing to get 5mbps+ on HSPA+, while here in San Jose I am getting max 3mbps. I have tons of apps that is why I care about my speeds. Seriously, what the hell is the reason of having a smartphone if you’re only going to have maybe only like ten apps?

        • Dmac

          Wow, you mist be retarded…yes I said it again. Get over it, who are you to tell me what I can’t say. Anyway, you talk about hitting 49mbps once, then say you only hit mostly 3mbps, and that most major cities are over 5mbps when most are way over that, and then you say you need the network speed to run apps? You are all over the place dude. And i think we are all a little more retarded fot having read your comments.

    • Trevnerdio

      Slow…my highest ever on HSPA+ 42 was 30. You should be ecstatic about those speeds.

      • NYCTheBronx

        That’s HSPA+. I hit those same speeds as well. T-Mobile claimed that their 4G LTE would have the potential to go over 100mbps+. Plus I’m talking About my experience here in CA. 49mbps is faster than Sprint but not as fast as AT&T and Verizon. If T-Mobile wants to launch 4G LTE Advanced before our competitors, they need to step up their game big time. Fix the building pentetrations, Edge networks, expand more of their HSPA+ network and their 4G lTE coverage in poor cities. Sad that T-Mobile is the largest HSPA+ carrier in the nation AMD get sometimes I can’t even get 1mbps download. I speed tested my friend’s Sprint Galaxy S III and he only got 4mbps on 4G LTE. While my lowest on T-Mobile’s 4G LTE was 9mbps and that’s still better than Sprints 4G LTE. I didn’t say T-Mobile is the slowest 4G LTE carrier. What I said was I feel like the speeds are allow here in San Jose. My opinion then everyone goes off on me lol.

        • Trevnerdio

          While I agree with you, T-Mobile isn’t promising those speeds until they roll out LTE-A

        • Adrayven

          Verizon promising those speed? pff.. I have Virizons so called LTE.. I get around 16-22 at BEST most times.. It’s funny, my t-mo HSPA+ beats it half the time..

          You’re just going off HYPED possible max.. thats under ideal conditions.. reality bytes.. and in this case your numbers are way off.

          Also, those areas are just rolled out.. they are only 10×10 and some 5×5 areas until they complete the rollout.. don’t expect those magical speeds instantly, and everywhere.. especially while traveling.. thats simply unrealistic now during rollout.

        • kalel33

          I can beat Verizon phones here for download speed by a hair but the Verizon LTE trounces HSPA+ when it comes to upload speed and latency. Their upload speed was 6 times faster than mine and the latency is 1/4 T-mobile’s. Doesn’t matter how fast a download is when they get to it much quicker and you don’t have a bottleneck with the upload.

        • Dmac

          You do know that T-Mobile was talking about 100mbps IF they decided to continue to upgrade hspa+, which they decided not to do, they went the lte rout because lte has a better future and is more recognized as real 4g. And you said above that 49 mbps s not faster than Verizon? Aahhhh,yeah it is dude, I think you need to do some add some actual knowledge to your opinions. You criticize and say this h. thing is so amazing without realizing what you got is pretty compariable and well on it’s way to being competitive with the best.

      • WW

        My highest here in Atlanta on HSPA+ is 10…typically I get 5…I hate you!

        • Bill Berry

          Zero point one! And you hate him? I hate you!

    • RedGeminiPA

      Considering my cable company’s top-tier service is 40Mbps, which I have, I think you’re just looking for something to complain about.

      LTE can be extremely fast, but that isn’t the whole point of it, especially on a GSM network. It helps to unload data from the same spectrum as voice calls, which improves the overall experience.

      Meanwhile, I’m stuck in a decent sized city with only EDGE coverage for T-Mobile, which is why I haven’t switched yet. So, for now, I’m holding on to Straight Talk via AT&T for my unlocked iPhone 5, and I’m lucky to break 4Mbps on AT&T’s HSPA+ network here.

      I’d LOVE to be getting over 20Mbps using HSPA+. It’s still easier on the battery than LTE, even if only by a little (since the 2nd Gen. LTE chips are plentiful in new phones).

      • Bill Berry

        But, isn’t there a point to be asked; exactly how fast do we need and what’s the end game? Why in the world do I need anything faster than 3G driving down the highway? If these high speeds are to be integrated into our homes…maybe, but rural USA is not likely to really benefit from any of this while Cable/Satellite providers as well as DSL providers have saturated this area. What on my cell phone benefits from 20 megs down? The hell with my cell phone, if I had that signal, I wouldn’t have DSL or a cell phone voice plan, not with VoIP.

    • the realist

      wow that is so freaking retarded. Do you understand 20+mbps download is not even needed to have everything working the way it should on the internet? If you actually downloaded at 20mbps (which you don’t, just check out google play for a reality check when you download something its like 1 to 2mbps max).

      Any lag from the internet on your phone at those speeds is due to ping (if it is greater than 100 latency you will probably notice a bit of lag when you enter in a web address) or the slowness of the browser program your using to browse the internet. The last bottleneck is the phone hardware itself.

      At this point the only reason to want higher than 20mbps download/upload with less than 50ms ping internet is to stream a blue ray movie over the internet instantly or your working with crazy volumes of scientific data from your mobile phone.

  • http://profiles.google.com/mrice.hill Mr. Hill

    Looks good for Florida residents. 20×20 LTE will be blazing fast. 50+mbps on average at least.

    • Trevnerdio

      Florida residents…excluding the panhandle. I was getting excited for this merger, then I realized…I won’t experience any of it unless I go on vacation lol oh well

    • TMOTECH

      Right now on 5X5 I am seeing 20-30 Mbps. 20X20 will be a bit faster than 50…

      • Bill Berry

        In my area it’s maybe 0.1 and that’s not a typo; that’s zero point one! It’s a Wi-Fi repeater or bust here!

  • ghulamsameer

    Great article, David. Keep up the good work.

  • B-Mobile

    i’m in the Sacramento area, with good coverage but bad building penetration: it looks like metro has this area covered in blue: does that mean in 14-15 the combined spectrum will improve my in building coverage?

  • volvoV70guy

    This whole deal is to make T-Mobile more attractive to a buyer so DT can get out of this market. It sucks but it’s the sad reality. Eventually T-Mobile will not be the go-to network for great prices and customer service. There won’t be one in the US.

    • TayshaunBoba

      Well, the sweetened deal with Metro includes a clause that DT can’t sell their shares for at least 18 months, so there’s some short term stability there at least. Not to mention, DT has really been holding TMo back since it purchased the company. They take TMo’s profits and don’t allow for much investment in the U.S. A new owner for Tmo could provide a much needed cash infusion and a greater freedom to invest in the network, among other things.

  • princedannyb

    I am a total fan of T-mobile, but in their t-mo vs sprint test drive video t-mo claims to have 4g in Sioux Falls, SD. I checked the coverage map and they only have 2g there. Don’t get me wrong I love t-mo but hate dishonesty. In fact I have to re-write a paper because my teacher asked me to write a paper on communism and I wrote about how At&t, Verizon, and Sprint are like communist countries while t-mo’s new uncarrier plan is like a capitalistic country. She didn’t like it.

    • Trevnerdio

      Nice paper
      And I know, I checked out the Sioux Falls thing because I was like wait a second…I’m pretty sure T-Mobile doesn’t even have 3G anywhere in the state of South Dakota.

  • 123abc@abc.com

    This has got to be the worst response worst written article ever with the most misinformation

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Considering most of this, if not all of this information came straight from the horses mouth, I’m not sure I would agree with that assessment.

    • Just me

      What misinformation? There’s a little speculation, but for the most part everything in the article looks very accurate. Care to elaborate, or do you just like slinging mud?

  • Alm

    So a customer came to my store and said “WTF is UNcarrier ?”.

    • http://twitter.com/JDoakes_SD Joe Doakes

      lol

  • GinaDee

    By 2015, AT&T and Verizon will have bigger solid LTE Advanced Networks as will Sprint. If T-Mobile wants to differentiate they have to do it now not wait till the competition will have already done it.

    • RedGeminiPA

      Except Verizon and AT&T aren’t rolling out LTE Advanced equipment, unlike T-Mobile. T-Mobile will have the upper hand when it’s time to flip the switch.

      • SouthernBlackNerd

        LTE-Advanced is not magic. 20Mhz on LTE have the exact same speeds as 20Mhz on LTE-Advanced. I hate to agree, but Gina has a point. Verizon/Sprint/ possible ATT will be moving on to bigger things. ATT has already mentioned small cell technology deployment.

        • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

          Well, no. LTE-Advanced on 20MHz bandwidth will have larger throughputs and lower latencies, because it incorporates new RF techniques that boost the RF performance.

    • SouthernBlackNerd

      I think ATT will still be behind, because they do not even have equipment for their WCS band or phones that support it. However, I agree with you that Verizon and Sprint will have bigger more solid networks. Verizon announced this year that they are planning on deploying AWS this year. I believe they said 5,000 sites by end of the year.

      Clearwire already has 1,600 20Mhz TD-LTE sites up and running. They have said they would reach their goal of 5,000 sites by years end as well. Those are happening in 2013. Who knows what could happen by the time 2015 happens.

  • NardVa

    Tmobile has a lot of holes in their map.

    • brian909

      They have AT&T roaming agreements that are free. You can travel through ‘blank’ states and not be charged extra.

      • Bill Berry

        Oh really? It’s my imagination we don’t in this doughnut hold in GA?

  • riskone

    Those poor Metro PCS customers now have to put up with the poor at best customer service from T-Mobile. I feel for them.

  • Susank90

    All the major cities will see a huge bump! LA, Sanfrancisco (most of California), Boston, Washington, NYC, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Hartford, Tampa, Orlando, Miami(most of Florida), Vegas, Sacremento, Dallas Metro, Detroit.

    This was an awesome spectrum buy!

  • Mark

    So, for me (in Maine), the answer is that the MetroPCS purchase will mean… nothing. BTW, that sliver of coverage that creeps up into our state? That’s almost entirely 2G. I’d love to see an honest map with 2G, 3G, 42 Mbps HSPA+, and LTE all appropriately broken out.

  • princedannyb

    I wish t-mo would make roaming agreements like sprint. T-mo has some roaming but sprint can roam off of almost anyone.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000065936302 Darian Kilpatrick

      It would be impossible to roam off sprint, completely different technologies, it would be pointless to make a roaming agreement

      • Matthew Ramsdell

        I think princedannyb’s point was not to roam on sprints network, but to try and expand a roaming deal with a compatible network, AT&T. That would offer customers near the edges of T-MO coverage some stability with their phone use.

      • Bill Berry

        T-Mobile and AT&T both have EDGE and while I recognize the importance of high speed data, I don’t care! When you live where there is ONLY EDGE, we’re not splitting hairs about who has the fastest data, what we care about is service.

  • Laststop311

    So basically if I dont live in an area that is shaded blue than this merger means nothing for me? Or does metro pcs have spectrum all over the US but only has cell towers in those areas?

    • SouthernBlackNerd

      They have more spectrum than the shaded areas, but it is very little. If they had enough spectrum to deploy service they would. I would probably not expect more than an extra 10Mhz if you do not live in or near a shaded area.

    • Bill Berry

      You’re correct! Outside those dark blue areas is mostly CDMA and beyond what is deemed home territory; you’re roaming and that cost a pretty penny with MetroPCS.

  • spritemoney

    Wow T-Mobile really needs to expand their coverage. Oh well, I’m happy with them. I’m excited for the future.

    • brianb

      Their roaming agreements cover the entire US.

      • spritemoney

        Although it does, it is not the same as native coverage. For example, as a prepaid customer I cannot use data while roaming.

      • Bill Berry

        No…they do not! AT&T does not allow T-Mobile users to roam on their network in most rural areas. I wish they did though!

  • http://twitter.com/JDoakes_SD Joe Doakes

    Im hoping the T-Mobile UNcarrier strategy will pan out so that this Oligopoly that is the US Wireless industry can become more competitive!

    • Bill Berry

      Verizon Wireless already has a variation of it with their one “share” plan and that’s it. All that’s left for them is contract or no contract and all the carriers are making a pretty penny on pre-paid and MVNOs.

  • yoyo

    Don’t look like it’s going to help a damn thing!

  • http://www.facebook.com/randall.lind Randall Lind

    T-Mobile now has no contracts any more but for the ones who didn’t pay the $150 fee to get out or the ones where it cost too much to cancel. However when it is done it will be done. So if all none contracts people are put on Metro there will be no need for T-Mobile.T-Mobile could make Metro a sub where they are separate but runs on T-Mo network. Just like most every prepaid runs on Sprint.

  • Brian

    Since Metro PCS has the 1900MHz spectrum, does this mean there will be more 3G coverage for the iPhone 4?

    • Baxter DeBerry

      depends on your area, some places they might get enought PCS spectrum to do it on the 1900mhz band, but some others its only AWS that their gettin (meaning only T-Mobile phones will benefit from this.) I’m actually trying to find the doc of all the county’s listed by the FCC, that covers what spectrum is being transferred and total..

    • Daibidh

      Just got 3G here in downtown SLC today on iPhone 4. Yea! Finally!

  • TMOsucks

    When will rural Cincinnati (AKA Owensville, Newtonsville, Fayetteville, Mount Orab, Sardinia, Brown County, Adams County, and Highland County) get 3G/4G coverage or even a friggin signal on TMO? I used to be a customer but I switched to AT&T because there was only EDGE where I lived (not to mention poor reception) and I had no signal whatsoever when I went to see friends in Hillsboro. It’s literally a 50 mile dead zone from just east of Fayetteville all the way to Chilocothe. Also, I went to Kentucky a few months ago when I had TMO and half the state had no service!

    • Bill Berry

      I know exactly how you feel! We have Straight Talk (AT&T) where my wife and I live and T-Mobile where our children live. I’m sick of it. The same with device makers and carriers. You’d think in the infinite wisdom the brain trust over at HTC when they made available a 64GB Developer’s Edition to their current flagship Android device – the HTC One; you’d “THINK” they would put in the AWS radios for T-Mobile and you’d be wrong. AT&T gets the 64GB device and T-Mobile gets the 32GB device. Same is true with T-Mobile’s “Wi-Fi” calling app which would solve our “no signal” dilemma, but no once again, that too is wishful thinking because of all the ties carriers have with device manufacturers.

  • Bill Berry

    It amazes me the ignorance of this story; what is to happen with subscribers who are on the CDMA network; poof? If you currently live in either the MetroPCS and T-Mobile footprint; Merry Christmas!!! If you happen to live in what a few of us call Rural USA where we pay the same data prices as are you wonderful folks on 3G, FauxG, 4G, LTE, HSPA+, HSDPA and do not benefit one iota; what about us? Thomaston, GA is a good example…the donut hole you see on coverage maps in the state of GA; that’s us!!! I have begged and begged for T-Mobile to recognize “we” matter, but we don’t. When will T-Mobile get some towers up over here?

    • IdissLIKE_BillBerry

      Bill if this is such a large deal for you why don’t you move out of your “doughnut” that is Thomaston, GA. If you want to live in the middle of nowhere you get middle of nowhere amenities. Simple fact is that there are not enough people there to actually matter. One area that needs up keep has 125 people a second area has 10 people. Which do you think will take up more of your time? Or if you dislike tmobile so much why not switch carries?