[Update] MetroPCS CDMA network shutting down in New England and Las Vegas on July 1

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Following T-Mobile and MetroPCS’ merger, the prepaid brand has been slowly shutting down its old CDMA network as well as seeing a new lease of life in other areas, using GSM technology.

Today, the company revealed which markets would be next in the old network shut-down. On July 1st, MetroPCS’ CDMA waves will go dead in New England and Las Vegas. As part of the process, the carrier has emailed customers in the areas asking them to upgrade their devices before June 30, or their phones will just stop working. To make upgrading easier, the company is offering an instant upgrade credit to anyone who brings a qualifying phone in to store to trade in.

If you’re affected and you want to know how to proceed hit this page.

[UPDATE: So the CDMA network might be closing down, but I should have clarified that - instead - customers will be getting upgraded to what is essentially a better, faster network and at very little cost. 

"We are not shuttering service for MetroPCS customers. We ARE moving MetroPCS 3G CDMA customers to a better, faster network and offering them 4G HSPA+/LTE phones– giving them a better experience on a better network at almost no cost to them."]

Via: PhoneScoop

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  • ⓜ@®!ⓞ G@®CI@ ™

    So T-Mobile has upgraded the LA Area again with 15+15 speeds!! previously 10+10….. starting this week now im getting speeds over 30 down and 20 up in areas of Covina i was able to hit 72.84 Mbps Down and 24.20 up and at home i hit over 40 with peak of 68 Mbps down pretty crazy were so close to 20+20!!!!

    • Jay J. Blanco

      Parts of FL is being upgraded also

      • Naruto44

        Tampa is now15x15

        • Austin

          When I was in Tampa in February, I regularly hit 30-50 Mbps.

        • Naruto44

          Well I never hit 50 the most I hit is 36 and that is with 15×15 mhz even in my home I just ghet 10 Mbps DW and is 15×15 I guess tmo is getting congestion little by little but still is good speed

        • Austin

          I was over by Busch gardens if that makes any difference.

        • Naruto44

          I live more south

    • 8inchesuncut?

      How can you tell if your signal is 10×10, 15×15, or 20×20? What device you packing?

      • maximus1901

        Engineering mode.

      • ⓜ@®!ⓞ G@®CI@ ™

        Galaxy S4 On the dial keypad dial *#0011#

        • g

          When you dial that was specifically are you looking for?

        • Delusion_FTL

          LTE DL BW (LTE DownLoad BandWidth) if it says 5 you are 5×5, 10 is 10×10, and so on.

  • Aurizen

    my friend got metro but she has been getting edge ever since she got it, she never seen LTE how come?

    • taron19119

      What phone is she useing

      • Aurizen

        she has an iphone 5 that was on AT&T and using it on metro.

        • taron19119

          now I see what the problem is she has an iPhone 5 for AT&T there are two versions of the iPhone 5 the one that AT&T had originally does not work 100 percent with tmobile she’s missing the aws bands needed she needs to get a new phone that works with T Mobile or MetroPCS

        • Aurizen

          well I’m not sure which model of the iphone 5 she has but I have the 1st version of the iphone 5 and it should be the same signal..

        • taron19119

          Yeah she needs to get a new phone the one she has is not compatible with t-mobile/Metro Pcs

        • Aurizen

          I’m on T-mobile and its the same model as her’s I believe, I think it should still work though like mine I can get LTE no problem

        • taron19119

          Ok is it unlocked if so take your sim out and put it in here phone and see if it get LTE if it dont then its the old iPhone 5

        • Aurizen

          alright I’ll give it a try.

        • taron19119

          If it works then your going to have to change the apn settings for Metro pcs

        • Aurizen

          what is the correct APN settings for her metro? The T-mobile settings?

        • taron19119

          Did it work

        • Aurizen

          she found out that her antenna is bad she has to go to apple and it it checked out.

        • taron19119

          Cool hope she get it up and working

        • Aurizen

          me too, I hate seeing people with E on their phone lol.

        • Eric

          The AT&T iPhone 5 can support T-Mobile’s LTE network, just not their 3G/HSPA+ network or [in some areas] PCS LTE that is coming up.

          Strange how a GSM iPhone 5 isn’t getting T-Mobile LTE.

        • taron19119

          Its to iPhone 5 models the original one doesn’t support aws bands needed for t-mobile

  • kpb321

    T-Mobile seems to be moving this forward much faster than I expected. It took Sprint forever to turn off the old nextel network so I’m glad T-mobile is moving faster.

  • kyo251

    Can you should post the article about the FCC new spectrum screening proposal.

    • kyo251

      Cam*

  • Jay Holm

    I wonder if this means T-Mobile will be moving forward with the Wideband LTE network in New England and Las Vegas, repurposing Metro’s spectrum for the 20×20 network. Heck yeah!!! Bring on those 90+mbps speeds.

    • 8inchesuncut

      I was in Vegas a couple weeks ago and I was less than impressed with the speeds I was expecting to hit on the LTE network. I thought Vegas was one of the better covered LTE areas for T-Mobile. Boy was I wrong.

      Anyway, what if any devices could denefite by this so called 20×20 network? Please list, in doubt few…

      Long term this will be good I guess.

      • maximus1901

        All tmo lte phones support 20×20 lte.
        A better question is “where will people be able to experience 20×20″.

        • maximus1901

          Answer is only 19 of top 25 markets.

        • 8inchesuncut

          My friend has been using her new Samsung LTE Hotspot Pro and it’s defiantly not 20×20 capable. The device is relatively new so I doubt your claim some. Not just in Vegas but in major cities too.

        • maximus1901

          I didn’t say the service is live. 20×20 will only come when metro AWS is shifted to TMO lte.

        • Jay Holm

          Not true. A phone would have to support LTE Category 4 to support the new Wideband LTE, Cat 3 phones will still get improved speeds.

        • Alex Zapata

          Not exactly. 20+20 refers to the channel width. A Cat 3 device can definitely attach to a 20MHz channel , but the speeds won’t be as impressive as a Cat 4 device. Still, a ~100MHz limit on Cat 3 is perfectly acceptable.

      • dd23

        Yea vegas is kinda bad but not only for tmobile I had verizon and verizon lte in vegas is also eh not that great same with at&t which my mom has rite now in vegas its also not that great they all average 2-5 dwn I was also not impressed with lte from all 3 in vegas not just tmobile.

        • GinaDee

          AT&T has the densest cell site grid right now in Vegas proper.

          T-Mobile has great spectrum in the city they just need to add more fill in sites and they need to expand a modern data network south down the 15 FWY into Southern California. That 2G network hasn’t been upgraded to anything since 2002

        • Joshua Miller

          Amen. I HATE that 2-3 hour gap of 2g

        • besweeet

          I was there in January and T-Mobile outperformed AT&T in every one of my tests. Their network was probably more congested than T-Mobile’s during CES, though.

    • Pitahson

      That sounds fantastic! I’m still waiting for Solavei to get some LTE, but I know it will happen soon :)

    • Cam Fas

      I wonder if they are I am in vegas Im trying to remember what number it is to dial into the phone book to access the info on how if im using 5+5 or 10+10 I remember months ago I checked and I was on 10+10 But now Id like to check daily if I could remember the number

  • Guest282

    Here in north Georgia(Dalton) my brother has Metro pcs and he said recently he can’t get coverage indoors, that didn’t happen before. Im guessing since they started shutting down the Metro cdma network and started using the Tmobile network. am i right? is this happening to other people?. He’s talking about switching to another carrier.

    • Stefan Naumowicz

      Did he get a new phone or is it the same metro phone he’s had all along?

  • Cam Fas

    Anyone know how to check what mhz ur phone is on? I remember I could dial a number and it would tell if my phone was using 5mhz or 10 mhz lte Sadly I forgot what to dial in I want to run some vegas tests too see if they are increasing capacity out here

    • Jeremiah Anyaele

      *#0011#

      • Cam Fas

        thanks appreciate it I will keep you posted on the vegas network currently we are on band4 using 10MHz PCI:9 hopefully we get some more bandwidth although I cant complain about speeds I regularly get over 20mbps

        • sushimane

          Man ur lucky when I do that it just say invalid but I get a consistent 30 or above for DL and 20 for upload. I got the nexus 5

      • Abe_The_Babe

        I tried this on the Nexus 5 and it didn’t work. Any other codes I can try?

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    Hope they bring on San Jose soon since it was one of the 7 initial LTE cities.

    • Cam Fas

      What do you have in San Jose now? 5+5 or 10+10?

      • JaswinderSinghJammu

        Not sure. I tried checking with *#0011# and it said failed. Is there another way to check?

        • Cam Fas

          What phone are you using?

        • JaswinderSinghJammu

          I have the Nexus 5

        • Cam Fas

          Dang between the Nexus 5 and Iphone im not sure what code works. Im using the Note3 Is the nexus wifi calling enabled? If not im not entirely sure how to get it too work

        • JaswinderSinghJammu

          Not on WiFi. LTE is enabled. I usually get 25 to 30 Mbps at home but it sucks at my work. Usually hspa or service going in and out. They just mailed me a signal booster for work though. Will see how that works

        • ⓜ@®!ⓞ G@®CI@ ™

          I believe that code only works for Samsung phones not 100% sure though

  • maximus1901

    Article is disappointing; no section on how much spectrum this will free up for lte, Hspa+.
    #fail

    • Kidney_Thief

      How would he even know? Nobody outside of T-Mobile would know that.

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

        It depends on the market. Generally, though, it frees up a 5MHz AWS channel that can be used for HSPA+ in order to use the remaining AWS for 20MHz LTE channels.

        • Kidney_Thief

          Sure, and that would be in line with the original plan from when T-Mobile was originally buying MetroPCS. I just thought it was a bit much to blame Cam for not revealing specific plans when spectrum holdings can vary significantly from market to market (see: Minneapolis vs. Cincinnati).

        • maximus1901

          When will TMO shutdown AWS Hspa?

  • Cam Fas

    So how much spectrum does metro pcs have for cdma in vegas?

  • billmayor
  • emmy

    So u saying metro is closing down
    Send me more update for metro