MetroPCS legacy network switch-off in Philadelphia scheduled for September 30

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Ever since T-Mobile merged with MetroPCS last year, the two have been working together to replace the purple carrier’s old legacy network with a more modern LTE network. What that means is that in certain locations over the past 12 months, the old network has been switched off, freeing up some much needed spectrum for T-Mobile to use elsewhere. More recently, Las Vegas had its old network turned off.

Next on the list of markets to be switched away from the legacy network is Philadelphia. On September 30, Metro will switch off the old network and start using the newer LTE network.

MetroPCS customers in the area are being reminded to switch to a compatible phone before the end of September to ensure they can remain connected to their carrier’s service. In many cases, as we’ve seen previously, consumers are being offered a free upgrade to make the switch as pain -free as possible.

If you’re a customer and want to see if you’re phone is eligible for a free upgrade, you can check on the MetroPCS site. If it is eligible, you can take it to your local store and receive an instant upgrade credit that you can use on the same day towards a new phone or accessories. If you don’t have a phone compatible with the new LTE service, you might notice your phone stop working at the end of September.

Source: MetroPCS

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  • Ice Cube100

    [Cickets] Umm, MetroPC customers abandon ship along time ago. They’re all on Tmobile.

    • Ice Cube100

      *Crickets, as in all is quiet accept for the crickets

      • Willie D

        You dont say….

    • Adrayven

      Most are yes, but there are always holdouts that wait until the last minute.. even a few that refuse to.. lol.. which is almost a popcorn event to see them try to wiggle and rage about the interruption.. even though they’ve been told, email, snail mailed, and called again and again…

    • Zummy

      Cicadas

    • monkeybutts

      The merger is a little over a year old. It’s not unusual for people to keep the same phone 2 or more years. Up until recently MetroPCS was still selling some CDMA phones in their stores and authorized retailers, these tended to be the cheapest phones. People will hold onto those until they have to buy a new one or switch carriers.

  • Aurizen

    ah this is good news!

  • Eric

    Hopefully Wideband LTE comes at that time, too. T-Mobile is showing Philadelphia love. :)

    • Aurizen

      What happens to our network once metro network is shutting down? It’ll be faster? or they’ll use metro LTE to boost T-Mobiles?

      • gadget_hero

        they completely shut down the MetroPCS network, and then use the spectrum to enhance the T-Mobile network. I know some of MetroPCS’s DAS system antenna are being kept and added to the T-Mobile network.

        • Aurizen

          Oh good! even better service and faster speed! :D

        • 50atomic

          All 6,000 MetroPCS DAS deployments are being kept while about 1,500 macro cell sites will be preserved after assimilation.

  • gadget_hero

    I have to say I am very very happy with T-Mobile’s speed integrating MetroPCS into T-Mobile. At this rate by the time the Edge to LTE upgrades are done their won’t be any legacy stuff left.

  • Jay Holm

    It’s been almost a full month since it’s been turned off here in New England (Ct), still no Wideband LTE. So just because MetroPCS is shut off doesn’t mean T-Mobile is prepared to enable Wideband LTE.

    • 50atomic

      Actually its only been only two weeks since AWS CDMA has been officially shut down on 7/6. Las Vegas took 9 days to deploy Wideband LTE after that.

      • Jay Holm

        Well it still isn’t turned on here in Fairfield or New Haven Counties in Ct. I’ve been checking.

  • Mike

    Speaking of MetroPCS turn-off and LTE additions…any more markets reporting Edge to LTE conversion??? I’m still waiting for my 4 bar Edge coverage outside of Bremerton, WA to become LTE!!!

    • taron19119

      What phone do you have

      • Mike

        Sony Xperia.

        • taron19119

          Yeah most of t-mobile EDGE network is running on the pcs/band 2 so your going to need a phone that rus Lte on band 2 the only one t-mobile sales right now is the LG G 3

        • Mike

          That not correct. These are the specs for my phone directly from Sony’s website and matches the box for the phone:
          Cellular and Wireless : UMTS HSPA+ 850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100, GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900, LTE Band I, Band II, Band IV, Band V and Band XVII

        • taron19119

          Is that a T-mobile Sony Xperia

        • TMOTECH

          That is completely wrong. T-Mobile is not turning off the EDGE network when they upgrade to LTE. The LTE will be on whatever AWS band T-Mobile owns in that area. They may also use 1900 and 700 if they own it in that market but all new LTE adds will be in the AWS from the start.

        • taron19119

          Your wrong t-mobile well run LTE and 2g simultaneously on 1900 bands in 2g only areas

        • TechHog

          The Sony Xperia what? Say the name of the phone, not just the brand. Also, did you buy the T-Mobile branded one?

        • Mike

          Some people sure get testy. I’m not sure why you care so much. ZL. And no.

        • TechHog

          Sorry, I didn’t mean to come across that way. Anyway, you’re probably screwed until you get a new phone. I haven’t checked, but your phone most likely doesn’t have AWS LTE.

  • Ashton3002

    I was resting a friend’s galaxy s5 for about 3 Days and while I was sitting down in my house on the couch her phone went from full bars of LTE to full bars of 4G and I didn’t even move. Is this normal? It happened quite often

    • taron19119

      Yahh because t-mobile runs LTE on a little higher band then 4g/hspa+ and has a little harder time penetrating wallst hats y im not buying a new phone until it has band 12 on it

      • Ashton3002

        But I was right there next to the Window like right there underneath it..I might as well have been sitting in the Window

        • taron19119

          Yeah but no matter where you at inside of a building 4g and LTE are neck and neck and u need a newer phone that has the new antennas that helps u get butter signal but for now u can force your phone to only pick up Lte

      • Fabian Cortez

        What are you talking about?

  • sushimane

    So if u shut down a legacy network u can use that spectrum somewhere else? i always thought u would have to use it in that location only.

    • enkay1

      Elsewhere within the network. Instead of it being used for CDMA, they can use it for LTE.

      • sushimane

        yeah i didnt know that. so anywhere within tmobile network gotta cha

        • enkay1

          Well, within the physical location of the license.

        • TechHog

          You misunderstood. It can be used for a different network technology in the same location.

      • 50atomic

        Spectrum is assigned geographically.

        • enkay1

          Yep. Just commented that below

  • TMOTECH

    Cam, to be clear, they are turning down the CDMA network on September 30th. The metro lte network has been shut down for a while.

  • Wesley Pipes

    Does anyone know if I can bring my own phone to use for the upgrade? I’m looking to bring in a Sony Xperia S 3Ggsm phone> Phone is unlocked.