T-Mobile Talks More About Plans To Expand MetroPCS Into 15 New Markets, Handsets And Refarmed Markets

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As T-Mobile discussed plans to begin integrating the MetroPCS network in Las Vegas in the coming days, they also expanded on their plans to push MetroPCS into 15 more markets. It was back on May 1st that T-Mobile CEO John Legere hinted at expanding MetroPCS into more markets. His comments coincided with comments new T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter made about expanding into at least three more markets upon the completion of the T-Mobile deal.

It was Carter who expanded on these plans at the JP Morgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference by saying they were looking at a “more aggressive expansion” of the MetroPCS national footprint.

In fact, Carter says they plan to “expand to 15 additional major metropolitan areas very quickly.” Unfortunately, no markets were specifically named but they have previously say Houston, New Orleans, San Diego, Seattle, Washington DC and Baltimore are targeted markets. They plan to hit these areas and the rest of the 15 markets beginning in the third quarter and into early 2014.

As for handsets, Carter said that they are “weeks away” from offering HSPA+ and LTE smartphones in MetroPCS distribution channels.

As for the company’s current refarm situation, they have moved past their target of 170 million POPS covered with HSPA+ on the 1900MHz band by mid-year. They also stated they are well on their way to passing more than 200 million POPS covered by 1900MHz HSPA+ by years end.

Lastly, T-Mobile’s CTO Neville Ray said they are looking at next years auction of 600MHz broadcast TV spectrum. Ray called the spectrum “a far more effective way to go and build those opportunities out” when talking about how T-Mobile can counter the lower spectrum bands of AT&T and Verizon.

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  • J-Hop2o6

    Upcoming 600MHz spectrum hmm. Hopefully Tmo gets a nationwide amount. Wonder what the pros & cons of that band is…

    • taron19119

      From what I understand the 600 megahertz spectrum can cover twice the area as the 21 megahertz

      • Zacamandapio

        The lower the number the less the coverage the more potency and more towers are needed.
        The higher the number the more coverage the weaker the signal is and less towers are needed.

        • ILikeRice

          You got the idea but you wrote it all wrong. XD To put it in simpler terms, the lower the frequency, the more the coverage/penetration of service; The higher the frequency, the less coverage/penetration. But, now things make a slight turn. Having the lower frequency has its great coverage, but it lacks the capacity. If a few people were to be on such low frequency spectrum, they can easily congest it by downloading or streaming videos simultaneously. On the other hand, such high frequencies are built on capacity. What it lacks in range and penetration of service, it picks up on capacity and can easily make your streaming/downloading experience much better. :) Which is why more 1900mhz towers need to be placed together for greater efficiency while with 700/850mhz towers, you can space out at farther range.

        • superg05

          just added someones name to my Bingo Book

        • Trevnerdio

          That’s what I find strange…I know about the capacity restraints, but Verizon seems to pull that crap off beautifully. They’re still pumping 40+ mbps a lot of the time.

        • RedGeminiPA

          I’m lucky to see 15Mbps on Verizon’s LTE in my area.

        • MastarPete

          Don’t forget a big part of the capacity problem is how wide a chunk of spectrum is available. If you look at the Vegas announcement, T-mobile will be going from 5Mhz to 10Mhz. For comparison the WiFi N specification allows for channel width of up to 40Mhz.

        • Trevnerdio

          I see. Interesting, thank you!

        • sidekicker89

          Take all that and just flip it ;) lol…almost had it!

  • Jay J. Blanco

    Hmm can’t wait to get the list of markets. This is gonna be big!

    • landmarkcm

      I know very interesting I called a local Metro Kiosk & he said his mangager said soon you can even bring your current Tmobile phone over to metro. I may save a little more $$ per month.. I really wouldn’t have wanted Metro before but all these new developments may change my mind while you can still port from Tmobile

      • Jay J. Blanco


  • Guest

    Hmm depending what devices Metro gets I may port from Tmobile monthly 4g to Metro. Esp since I know the coverage will be just as good here in Vegas..

    • Jose do

      I live in Vegas by Blue Diamond and the TMOBILE covergae sucks. I hope they merge with metro pics coverage and then they would have killer coverage!

      • landmarkcm

        It was supposed to go live tonight was the word on the internet. Should be all up & running as one soon with Vegas having the first combined coverage of both..

    • Lagurl

      I dnt know I go to vegas a lot and tmobile coverage sucks everywhere I gone in vegas it craps out in casinos, elevators etc were att always come tru same with metro my mom has metro and it kinda works better than tmobile in vegas. Both att and metro work better in vegas from what I seen .

      • landmarkcm

        It used to be really worse. It’s improved a lot since there refarm to the 1900 MHz band & should only get better now with this!

      • landmarkcm

        Ya its funny how everyones experience is different ya know because I know people who have Metro here & have to sit by the window lol for a signal. So hopefully everyone’s coverage should improve with the merger.

  • landmarkcm

    Hmm depending what devices Metro gets I may port from Tmobile monthly 4g to Metro..

  • sidekicker89

    Currently are there any phones on T-Mobile that can benefit from the 600Mhz Band? I wish they would launch the May LTE cities already. I’ve been checking Sensorly . com lately and i’ve noticed there has been LTE sightings in Bangor, Maine out of all places lol.

    • achusaysblessyou

      Nope, but that’ll be for 5G service considering that the auction will be next year and then they’d have to deploy new hardware, etc. But It’ll be promising if T-Mobile releases their 5G on the 600 MHz band.

      • Trevnerdio

        Real 4G is 1gbps. We’re looking at well past 2020 just for true 4G. 5G is just a pipe dream for now…

        • Dion Mac

          Real 4G is 100mbps nut!

        • Trevnerdio
        • SouthernBlackNerd

          You both are partial correct. He is the actual requirement your both referring to.

          Have peak data rates of up to approximately 100 Mbit/s for high mobility such as mobile access and up to approximately 1 Gbit/s for low mobility such as nomadic/local wireless access.

        • Trevnerdio

          Stationary on LTE-A yields a theoretical max of 3gbps

      • Bill Berry

        They need to concentrate on coverage not 5G; unless you live in a major metropolitan city and adjacent suburbs there is a lot of “dirt” with only 2G EDGE; how about getting these folks up to HSPA+. Say what you want about AT&T but we’re pulling speeds as fast in rural GA as I pulled yesterday in the big city with T-Mobile. I’m sick to death of having to use two carriers.

    • Mark

      Bangor? TMo barely has any 2G towers in Bangor, no one there even considers signing up because their coverage is so spotty (or just plain roaming) and now people are reporting LTE?

    • Trevnerdio

      You’re telling me that people…live in Maine? ;)

  • tommest

    I live in vallejo, ca . My lte speed for my tmo galaxy s4 is 38 up and 18 down. Thats fast. :) hopefully they win the 600mhz spectrum next year and remove all the 2g edge

    • RedGeminiPA

      You mean… 38 DOWN and 18 UP, right?

      They can win all the 600MHz spectrum they want, but I don’t see EDGE going anywhere for a very, VERY long time.

      • Vic

        One can hope.

  • Tony

    Does anyone know how long before tmobile and metropcs will bee on same system? I have tmobile and have little to no signal when i travel to east texas. but metropcs is big in that part.

    • Trevnerdio

      2015 it’s expected to be totally integrated

      • superg05

        dunno they said it going faster than expected

  • Chris

    I honestly don’t understand spectrum. Like how can one company “have it” and “buy more of it” or “not have enough of it.” David could you do an article about it, or does someone have a good read for me? I mean it’s not like an item you can just hand to someone…

    • superg05
      • Chris

        This doesn’t really explain what I was asking :/

        • bob90210
        • thepanttherlady

          You beat me to this. By 2 minutes. :)

          Although this is the link I was going to provide: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cellular_frequencies

        • Chris

          Yeah no wonder I don’t understand it. This crap is confusing! But thanks haha.

        • superg05

          yeah i grabbed wrong link sorry changed it its one of the most comprehensive well written things i have ever seen anywhere in my life data neatly organized into Fields or section a good must read for all who want to know about the topic

      • Turo

        Thanks for the read, very informative.

        • superg05

          your very welcome glad it could help

  • Alim

    Went to metro pcs conference in houston.

    Houston , San Antonio and Austin by the year end.

  • Elier Ruiz

    I wonder if Chicago is on their expansion list.

  • gperez

    Get rid of the E and G data now days is far more important than voice, I am feeling the pain because I travel a lot all over i75 from Florida to Ohio, sometimes it’s unacceptable the lack of data for 70 miles after Florence, KY to Louisville I Wasn’t able to do Anything.

  • Alan713

    don’t understand why they need to expand MEtro PCS is it’s been acquired?

    • Bill Berry

      MetroPCS is CDMA. I would also like Tmonews to take the time to enlighten us what those other 14 new markets are other than Las Vegas.

      • thepanttherlady

        The answer is already in the article:

        “In fact, Carter says they plan to “expand to 15 additional major metropolitan areas very quickly.” Unfortunately, no markets were specifically named but they have previously say Houston, New Orleans, San Diego, Seattle, Washington DC and Baltimore are targeted markets. They plan to hit these areas and the rest of the 15 markets beginning in the third quarter and into early 2014.”

        • Bill Berry

          I interpreted “new” as something other than what was targeted…but your interpretation may be perceived as you mentioned…no biggie!

  • Jose do

    This sounds promising :) I’m in Las Vegas and for the past 20min my tmobile iPhone has kept getting “No Service” message. i only had one bar for a bout 5 min message and I couldnt make any calls, texts, or use the web. So I called tmobile up and the rep said “All TMobile towers in Las Vegas, NV are going throw a matinence upgrade and all services should be up and running in 2 hours”. He explained nobody is Las Vegas with TMobile can use there phone except for 911 calls.

    So I wonder if the rumored Merger of Towers is going on.

  • steveb944

    I’m looking forward to that auction so we can get better signal in buildings.

  • Bill Berry

    I have one request for T-Mobile….COVERAGE! Please get some towers up where AT&T now has HSPA+. Thomaston, GA is a good place to start!