T-Mobile CEO Says Tmo Devices Coming To MetroPCS Customers, But The iPhone Isn’t A Definite

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With T-Mobile’s MetroPCS deal now in the books, the company’s CEO is continuing his press rounds today by clearing the air on how the two companies will run side by side.

“Don’t be confused,” Legere told AllThingsD. “We’re not running two companies. We are clearly going to be one integrated company that uses two brands to go to market.”

So let’s jump right in and T-Mobile says they will begin selling phones compatible with its network at MetroPCS stores later this quarter. The goal is to have only T-Mobile compatible devices in MetroPCS stores by end of this year according to T-Mobile’s Chief Marketing Officer Mike Sievert. T-Mobile is looking to avoid Sprint’s disastrous move running two networks side-by-side as they attempted after taking over Nextel. Still, the process won’t be quick nor easy and T-Mobile still expects it to take a “couple of years” to make the transition. “The economics suggest it will take some time,” Sievert said.

In fact, T-Mobile is emphasizing that changes for customers of either company that are frontline facing, like rate plan changes aren’t likely to start anytime soon. “What’s changing,” Sievert said, “is the resources we have to execute on that strategy. It’s so critical.”

As for MetroPCS customers hoping that the T-Mobile merger brings them the iPhone, that may or may not happen in the near future. Legere was pretty clear that the company has started dialogue with Apple to make it happen, but said “it’s not imminent; I think that’s safe to say.”

“The answer to that is not ‘No,’” Legere said, but added, “It’s not imminent; I think that’s safe to say.”

The end game for T-Mobile is to work toward transitioning as many customers as possible over to MetroPCS and calling it a “customer migration, not network integration.”

T-Mobile will introduce MetroPCS handsets that run on the T-Mobile’s network as well in the hopes of bringing the MetroPCS brand to new cities. Legere said the company is working on a “double-digit” list of cities, but wouldn’t specify a timeframe for when those markets would launch.

“We’re deciding those cities this week,” Legere said. “We’re going to move fast and big.”

Finally, Legere said that T-Mobile is already on track for its goal of shifting the loss of losing postpaid subscriber drops to gaining some customers this year and being full positive in 2014.

AllThingsD, CNET

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  • Trav Montana

    Go T-Mobile !!! We’re taking over “DJ khaled voice”

    • Manny

      We da best!

  • kev2684

    i just realized T-Mo has the best logo out of the big 4. i’m glad they didn’t changed it. go T-Mo!!!

  • nwtrekker

    That doesn’t surprise me, as they will be decommissioning PCS CDMA in 2015 as I recall.

    • Trevnerdio

      I thought their CDMA ran on 1800, no?

      • Baxter DeBerry

        1700/2100 MHz (AWS) mainly, theirs some 1900mhz (PCS), and 700mhz but no 1800

        • Trevnerdio

          Good to know. I know 1800 is outdated.

        • Fabian Cortez

          Lol wut?

        • Trevnerdio

          Okay, I know frequencies don’t become outdated, but it hasn’t been used in the US by any company for awhile. It’d be great if you would stop downrating my comments.

        • TMOTECH

          The “1800” band has never been used in the US for cellular.

        • Trevnerdio

          That’s what I thought. Thanks, TMOTECH, always helpful here

        • TMOTECH

          Hahahaha…silly rabbit. The PCS band is 1850 to 1990 MHZ

        • Fabian Cortez

          Actually, they’re mainly 1900 (PCS). Hence the name MetroPCS.
          They started their CDMA network using the PCS band.

  • Jay J. Blanco

    Great news I hope we can take sprint spot by January 2015

  • Jax

    Why are they transitioning people to Metro? Shouldnt they transition everyone to T-Mo?

    • TayshaunBoba

      I think that’s a typo..

      • superg05

        yes clearly

  • zummy

    Do they have to move everyone off CDMA before they can start using the towers/spectrum

    • Baxter DeBerry

      not necessarily, spectrum maybe, but towers no, the towers if needed can be used for both pretty easy depending on what kind of radios are on them..

    • Adrayven

      No, for example, in my area MetroPCS had a lot of unused spectrum that they had not assigned yet. At least in this case will likely see an immediate or near immediate improvement once they start using the frequency.

      Alternatively as they’re seeing less and less people on certain spectrum bands they may be able to breakup up some of the spectrum in order to move it over to HSPA or LTE.

      Of course this will vary depending on how much spectrum may have, which will determine if they are able to break it up if they have enough.

  • UMA_Fan

    The big question is if I have full access to the T-Mobile network on a Metro PCS plan, wouldn’t that be the better way to go if it’s cheaper? There has to be some kind of differentiation between the cheaper Metro unlimited plans and the T-Mobile ones. Or is it purely branding?

    • John

      Lets get something straight. If you have only 1 or 2 lines than metro PCS is $10 cheaper than T-Mobile. However, if you have 3 lines or more T-Mobile is way cheaper than metro PCS. The only exception is if you are on T-Mobile’s Classic plan which are mostly more expensive than Metro PCS plans.

      Metro’s PCS discounts $5 for each additional line you add.

      1st line $40 Unlimited talk+text+500 MB of high speed web

      2nd line $35 Unlimited talk+text+500 MB of high speed web

      3rd line $35 Unlimited talk+text+500 MB of high speed web

      4th line $35 Unlimited talk+text+500 MB of high speed web

      5th line $35 Unlimited talk+text+500 MB of high speed web

      T-mobile :

      1st line : $50 Unlimited Talk+Text+500 MB high speed web

      2nd line: $30 Unlimited Talk+Text+500 MB high speed web

      3rd line: $10 Unlimited Talk+Text+500 MB high speed web

      4th line: $10 Unlimited Talk+Text+500 MB high speed web

      5th line: $10 Unlimited Talk+Text+500 MB high speed web

  • cruzz563

    Didn’t understand this part, “The end game for T-Mobile is to work toward transitioning as many
    customers as possible over to MetroPCS and calling it a “customer
    migration, not network integration.”” This is saying the new company wants T-Mobile customers to go to MetroPCS?

    • superg05

      they wrote it wrong there moving people off metros network and on to t-mobiles

  • Michael Johnson

    When T-Mobile said they were going to introduce MetroPCS devices that were T-Mo friendly, did they mean dual CDMA/GSM phones that can run on both networks or T-Mo phones with the MetroPCS logo on them?

    • bleeew

      T-Mobile freindly. No CDMA devices.

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

    I am not going Metro if T-Mo wants me to then I will get a prepaid at walmart then

    • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.lee.790256 Brandon Lee

      Straight Talk FTW

      • Tyler

        Straight talk and WalMart are T-Mobile also.

        • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.lee.790256 Brandon Lee

          You can choose between AT&T or tmobile when getting straight talk service.

  • N1Ro

    Everyone thought (or still thinking) that T-Mobile will keep MetroPCS for the years to come is super far from reality.

    I personally expect the following to happen in that order:
    (the more successful each step is the sooner they will move to the next one):

    1.) Immediately take advantage and combine LTE frequencies of both networks, this will benefit ALL customers of the new company
    2.) T-Mobile Phones on MetroPCs Stores, dramatically reduce the availability of CDMA Phones
    3.) MetroPCs will gets rebranded to T-Mobile, I do not expect the name to completely phase out immediately but I am sure MetroPCs clients will start seeing T-Mobile as their provider on their phone screens in the very near future.
    4.) MetroPCs Stores gets rebranded to T-Mobile stores
    5.) CDMA network will come to its end and T-Mobile will reform and combine its 1900Mhz spectrum with their HSPA+ network

  • vrm

    If tmobile devices will be available on metroPCS, will they be only LTE ones or also HSPA ? If HSPA devices run on metroPCS plans, wouldn’t they compete ? For e.g., for $50/mo, tmobile offers only 500 MB high speed data whereas metroPCS offers 2.5 GB.

  • â™ adeafmuteâ™ 

    Will T-Mobile customers get MetroPCS LTE? Someone needs to answer this question now!

  • â™ adeafmuteâ™ 

    Will T-Mobile customers get MetroPCS LTE? Someone needs to answer this question now!