MetroPCS Announces Bring-Your-Own-Device Program Opening Up Network To T-Mobile Devices

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Looks like those rumors on T-Mobile supported devices heading to MetroPCS shelves on June 12th were spot on as the company launched a bring-your-own-device service this morning. The service, which supports GSM-based Android phones and specific versions of Apple’s iPhone. The news, which had leaked back on June 4th but was already confirmed by both T-Mobile and MetroPCS execs highlights T-Mobile’s plan to offer more than MetroPCS’ current line of CDMA/LTE hardware with those from its own GSM-based network. The service is now offered in Boston, Dallas, Hartford, and Las Vegas. Plans to expand to more cities will happen in the future.

The program supports AT&T and T-Mobile iPhones, and the iPhone 5 from Verizon and Sprint. Also supported are GSM-based Android phones and Windows Phone devices, but not BlackBerry smartphones, or any tablets/mobile hotspots. MetroPCS customers will choose from the company’s current offering of $40/$50/$60 rate plans to use with the devices. In the end, the program is basically a way for T-Mobile devices to activate on the Metro network.

There are some limitations to the bring-your-own-device program including: “MetroPCS does not assume any liability for the lack of effectiveness for non-MetroPCS devices,” the carrier wrote on its website.

The full list of details is available at the MetroPCS link below.

MetroPCS via FierceWireless

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  • NextBig313

    DROOL***. Some one in this area POST Metro PCS speedtest on your unlocked device PLEASE

  • techymexican

    would a t-mobile device, like the HTC one, be able to use Metro PCS LTE ?

    • Bakersfield Beaner

      I don’t think so since tmobile wants to get users on their lte so they upgrade metropcs lte for use with tmobile network

      • techymexican

        well does that mean that unlocked devices that are on metro PCS are actually using t-mobile’s HSPA + network?

        • Bakersfield Beaner

          Yes they are trying to get all people to move to tmobile network so they can use metropcs spectrum for lte and hspa+

        • Sniper1087

          T-mobiles HTC One is using the same bands for LTE on metroPCS as well as their HSPA + so their phone as long as is unlocked will be able to use metroPCS LTE, yes both using Band 4.

        • Bakersfield Beaner

          Yes they use the same bands but metropcs is selling buy your own phone on tmobile network so customers will not be able to use metropcs lte only tmobile lte

        • Sniper1087

          actually you sir are completely incorrect metropcs is not by any means selling byod for tmobile network, metropcs will work as a separate company meaning LTE will work for anybody that brings an LTE capable device and since metropcs LTE is the same as T-mobile LTE will work seamlessly. the main thing T-Mobile did was use metropcs LTE spectrum for their service and vice versa, the already existing spectrum is not going to be removed from Metropcs, is actually just going to be improved without affecting metroPCS service, what that means if they go in an area metropcs has LTE service, they will use that and if they go in an area where T-mobile has the LTE service the phone will use that instead, thats why having the same bands are great, now that they work separate but together. well all in all is just better for the consumer overall

        • Bakersfield Beaner

          Well if you say so but metropcs said it will use gsm technology for byop so im guessing that meant tmobile network only

        • Sniper1087

          GSM LTE what soes that mean mostly it will usethe combine radios from T-mobile and metropcs, it really isnt too complicated since T-mobile started to roll out LTE on the same bands as metropcs and AT&T, meaning the phones will just work on any of the network, and metropcs will use T-mobile HSPA+ fallback which is now metropcs anyhow both companies are together so all it matters is the better service right? excited to see T-mobile get ahead of sprint.

    • WW

      You wouldn’t want to anyway. Metro’s LTE is significantly worse than even Sprint’s pre-LTE (Wi-Max) “4G”.

  • Graham Blackadder

    Ok so answer this question someone please. I could cancel my simple choice plan with +T-Mobile which is 60 bucks and go across the street MetroPcs for around 15 bucks less and still get Tmobiles fast hspa+ network on my nexus 4? Once the networks are integrated better? Or are they keeping 2 completely separate networks? Just curious

    T-Mobile reply on Google plus was ” great question but we don’t yet have specifics. Stay tuned!”

    So with no specifics why even bother to announce it? Maybe one of us blog readers could become CEO perhaps…..

    • Bakersfield Beaner

      Yes you can do that but you won’t be able to use tmobile lte until networks are integrated , but you can only do this if you are in listed cities.

      • Graham Blackadder

        So tmobile has technically made a booboo by doing this? I can get same networks for 15 bucks cheaper eventually?

        • Bakersfield Beaner

          Yes and they are keeping metropcs plans as part of deal so they get metropcs customers to use tmobile network so they can use metropcs spectrum for hspa+ and lte

        • Graham Blackadder

          Interesting and I’m in no way saying you are wrong but if T-Mobile responds as they did how do you know or where did u get your source?

        • Bakersfield Beaner

          I have read posts on this site for some info and metropcs has this on their site but in basic details.

        • Graham Blackadder

          Ok ty. So eventually everyone could take their device to metro, save 15 bucks a month and still have use of both networks. In not sure T-Mobile has fully thought that process through as losing higher paying customers makes no sense. I guess we will see the full picture eventually.

        • Sniper1087

          actually thats what I thought until I checked the coverage map from the 2 and zoomed in and they were exactly alike, making me think that things should work right away once BYOD becomes available in all metroPCS Markets, of course rumors say by July 1st more markets will have it as well.

        • Dakota

          Well as always theyre counting on uninformed consumers. The wide majority will have no idea that MetroPCS and TMobile are the same. Youd have to confirm you get the same coverage and its usually hard getting a straight answer from their reps

        • 21stNow

          Everyone that is in a MetroPCS service area, that is. I wouldn’t have this option as I don’t live in a MetroPCS service area.

        • Baxter DeBerry

          right, I agree, i bet later on you wont have access to LTE or capped… theirs gonna be something lost by going on to Metro…

    • jose

      I am going to stay with T-Mobile for 70$ I usually use about16 gb of hspa+ data.

      • Sniper1087

        hmm not bad but metroPCS if you bring your device you get HSPA+ and LTE, both T-mobile and metroPCS have the exact updated coverage map, you can compare them and for 60 a month you get fully unlimited 4G LTE and HSPA + on metroPCS as well, shared network is pretty good now :)

        • Baxter DeBerry

          something tells me it wont stay that way for long

        • Sniper1087

          well the reason why it probably will is because metroPCS compared to other carriers it’s a profitable company with 0 debt, so I dont see why not if they can keep making money at no loss.

        • Baxter DeBerry

          I can’t see it though, I know they where profitable. What I can’t see is T-Mobile allowing it to be better than their own..unless theirs a speed restriction at some point, either way im gonna look into it, my friends mom works at one here in town shes the manager, for the past 6 months she’s been going to fort worth because of this and been training and all.. I’m gonna check on it myselt might jump off the $30 but only if the 3G is unlimited.. 512kbps – 3mbps isn’t fast but do able

        • Sniper1087

          I see what you mean and I do understand your point, the main reason why I see that it would not affect T-mobile is because money that metroPCS gets, is money that T-mobile gets which thats good,now since T-mobile went prepaid there are a lot of questions, at first we thought plans from T-mobile will come to metroPCS, but they decided to keep it as is, because customers dont want to have their plan changed, which is fine. all and all we will have to wait and see because nothing is set in stone, things do change. I know they were upgrading metroPCS LTE network with T-mobile to get it at similar speed and well HSPA+ is going to be what T-mobile offers.

    • WW

      I’d guess that they’re going to speed-limit 100% of Metro PCS data similarly to the way they do (or is that did; maybe they’ve discontinued GoSmart since the merger) with their “GoSmart” service. Probably not all the way down to 3G but slower than post-paid.

  • Michael Pitts

    Wait I’m confused does that mean a iPhone 4S from Sprint can be used on MetroPCS now? Or do they only mean the iPhone 5 from Verizon and Sprint?

    • Sniper1087

      only the 5 from verizon and sprint, the others must be GSM unlocked

  • Jay J. Blanco

    Awesome can’t wait until Metro Pcs expands into new markets.

  • Ĵϵṟϵṃψ Ψαñ

    Doesn’t seem to be very competitive compared to the $30 5GB plan.

  • Dakota

    So do you get the same Tmobile network and HSPA speeds? If so, BYOP Tmobile users should switch to Tmobile and save $10 a month

  • conservative_motorcyclist

    I think I will switch from T-Mobile to Metro and save $10 a month, unless T-Mobile is planning to lower their unlimited $70 plan to $60?

    • Alex M Wekell

      Have you seen their $30 plan? (T-Mobile)