Leaked Screenshots Show Two T-Mobile Based Devices Heading To MetroPCS, Bring Your Own Phone Begins June 12th

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We knew this day would come and thanks to a trio of screenshots leaked to the boys at PhoneArena, we know an actual date. Beginning June 12th, MetroPCS customers will have the opportunity to use compatible unlocked GSM phones which include iPhones, Android, Windows Phone and certain feature phones. There’s no telling just how many devices out of the Android lineup Metro customers will be able to choose from, but it’s clear T-Mobile and MetroPCS are moving fast to offer the latter customers with more options. As of June 12th, Metro customers will head to www.metropcs.com/keepyourphone to find which unlocked devices will be available.

That’s not all the news we can gleam out of these shots however as two T-Mobile-based devices are also heading to MetroPCS shelves in the coming days. The LG Optimus L9 and Galaxy Exhibit are both set to launch soon, but no official date is noted on either image. Unfortunately, price isn’t pictured either but we’re guessing both devices will hover in the middle of Metro’s price range as both devices are true mid-range smartphones.

With the MetroPCS merger now more than 30 days behind us, it’s great to see both companies moving quickly to bring more choices to the Metro lineup. Let’s hope that lineup extends to all of T-Mobile’s devices soon.

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  • Aurizen

    wow this is cool, if your able to use a tmobile phone that mean they might have refarmed some of the towers.

    • Aztec713

      No not exactly. It means T-mobile is giving Metro access to their GSM, HSPA+ network with compatible phones.To start the transition over to all GSM. Though I am sure that will start eventually I doubt they’ll start now.

      It is good news for Metro Clients. Way better service than they get at the moment. :) bad news for T-mo Users since there will be more users on this network. but it’s cool. it’s fast enough As long I get 5 Mpbs down idc ^_^

  • Aurizen

    wow this is cool, if your able to use a tmobile phone that mean they might have refarmed some of the towers.

  • VG

    I see that Metro is now selling their version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE for $349 after rebate. I know this model will not work on T-Mobile, but I’m hoping TMO will be as price competitive with their LTE model of the S3. Any chance of that happening?

    • Roger Sales

      I thought that MetroPCS was working on changing their LTE network to also being compatible with T-Mobile’s? I know that when the technology is different it’s pretty much impossible to help those on the short end(MetroPCS LTE devices), but it would kind of suck if they expect the customers of Metro with higher end(don’t laugh, you know what I mean) devices to spend more money on a device they shouldn’t have to replace/is expensive to replace.

      • VG

        I think the plan is to eventually shutdown the Metro CDMA network altogether and convert all the Metro spectrum to T-Mobile GSM/HSPA/LTE configurations. If true, then I assume all the CDMA Metro phones will no longer work … I guess TMo will need some sort of plan to handle all the CDMA phones that will still be out there when they pull the plug on CDMA.

  • VG

    I see that Metro is now selling their version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE for $349 after rebate. I know this model will not work on T-Mobile, but I’m hoping TMO will be as price competitive with their LTE model of the S3. Any chance of that happening?

  • http://about.me/daylondeon Deacon

    good for them .. i don’t like Metro PCS though lol.. oh well guess it’s good in the long run for magenta.

    • Roger Sales

      You don’t like them for coverage or device availability or something else? because the first two will kinda be moot by/around 2015. :o

      • http://about.me/daylondeon Deacon

        coverage and phone selection but you’re right .. that’ll soon change as evidenced by this.

  • Dakota

    So will the metro pcs plans be on Tmobile hspa network? If it were and better deal than straight talk, I’d look into it. But I don’t think that will be the case

    • Dink

      It is a better deal than straight talk. $40 unlimited everything, first 500mb lte, wifi calling (aka joyn).

  • Dakota

    So will the metro pcs plans be on Tmobile hspa network? If it were and better deal than straight talk, I’d look into it. But I don’t think that will be the case

  • Jay J. Blanco

    This is awesome power to the NewCo. I can’t wait until Lte starts to roll out faster.

  • Jay J. Blanco

    This is awesome power to the NewCo. I can’t wait until Lte starts to roll out faster.

  • zx6guy

    Hopefully this results in the L9′s Jelly Bean update coming back.

  • kev2684

    since not all of Metro’s LTE is on AWS, and T-Mo’s moving HSPA+42 to Band 2, i wonder if we are going to see AWS LTE/HSPA+42 and Band 2 LTE/HSPA+42 equipped phones in the future. cross-compatibility would be awesome for the combined company.

    • eanfoso

      no man hspa+42 WILL STAY for a while in band 4, band 2 is being upgraded to hspa+21 which is what at&t currently uses as 4G, but it’s better if band 2 is never upgraded to LTE since that will cut the range in more than half from what it currently is right now, plus band 2 is what covers rural areas so LTE in rural areas right now is very unlikely

      • Roger Sales

        How do we know some of the refarmed PCS HSPA network isn’t HSPA+42? I mean obviously in the vast majority of areas T-Mobile can only offer HSPA+21 because they don’t have enough spectrum in the band to run both 2G and 42, but what about in the markets where they do? (Which is what, 40 mhz?) They stated themselves the EDGE network is not really under much strain because of 3G/4G device availability,so I don’t see why its necessary to dedicate any more than the bare minimum of resources to maintaining the EDGE network beyond maintaining coverage.

    • eanfoso

      no man hspa+42 WILL STAY for a while in band 4, band 2 is being upgraded to hspa+21 which is what at&t currently uses as 4G, but it’s better if band 2 is never upgraded to LTE since that will cut the range in more than half from what it currently is right now, plus band 2 is what covers rural areas so LTE in rural areas right now is very unlikely

    • Roger Sales

      This is probably really nerdy and/or stupid, but wouldn’t it be fun to have someone flash a Sprint iPhone onto Metro and move across MetroPCS LTE footprint to isolate/pinpoint those PCS LTE areas?(Unless there’s another way to do that, I can’t think of any other devices besides Sprint phones that would have PCS LTE supported and not AWS.)

  • http://twitter.com/thecityboy781 Josue

    Its 2013 and phones STILL have VGA cameras?

    • superg05

      yes front cams

      • http://twitter.com/thecityboy781 Josue

        i know that but at least simple – mid range phones should have 1.5 to 1.8 FFC

  • http://twitter.com/thecityboy781 Josue

    Its 2013 and phones STILL have VGA cameras?

  • Roger Sales

    I don’t think it’s a smart move to offer 2 phones that are not LTE-enabled as the first T-Mobile network devices – It kind of debunks MetroPCS’ 4GLTE advertising(granted, MetroPCS LTE isn’t everywhere and HSPA+ covers most everyone in comparison to even their CDMA). I know MetroPCS customers are price conscious first, but T-Mobile needs to make their moves as controversial-free as possible to avoid being the next Sprint-Nextel Fiasco. Have we learned nothing in 8 years?

    • Austin

      I assume they’re doing it because T-Mobile doesn’t have LTE up and running in most of Metro’s LTE area, so people are going to be confused as to why some phones have working LTE and some don’t.

      Although, none of us know for sure if T-Mobile will use Metro’s LTE network in these markets.

      And as for the HSPA covering everyone comment, I know there’s plenty of places where Metro is a lot better coverage-wise than T-Mobile, my area included.

  • landmarkcm

    Interesting I may switch from current 60.00 monthly I’m on with Tmobile & save few dollars on Metro if coverage is going to be the same. Which it should be where I live. Waiting on a Nokia Lumia 620. I may try it with them down the road. Good to have all these options! I had heard this was coming.