MetroPCS to Cover 95% of Footprint with LTE by 3rd Quarter
MetroPCS today said that it expects to cover 95% of its current CDMA network footprint with LTE by end of the third quarter of the year. It also expects that it will have inexpensive LTE smartphones (sub-$150) available before the back-to-school shopping season. The company surpassed 580,000 4G LTE subscribers, representing more than 6% of total customers, during the first quarter of the year. MetroPCS expects the combination of lower LTE handset cost, LTE network availability, and LTE service plan pricing to draw in more customers in the latter part of the year. The company is also banking on VoLTE as a product offering later this year, and believes its forthcoming VoLTE service will match its current CDMA voice capabilities by 2013. The company said that it finished the first quarter of the year with a total of 9.5 million customers and $2.2 billion in cash, some of which it will use for potential spectrum acquisitions.
HTC One A9: First Phone To Work on Verizon Without CDMA
HTC will sell an unlocked version of its new One A9 that can be used on Verizon's LTE network, even though the phone lacks the legacy CDMA technology found in all other Verizon phones to date. That makes the One A9 the first phone announced for use with Verizon in LTE-only mode.
T-Mobile Nearly Done Integrating MetroPCS
T-Mobile today said it has migrated the majority of MetroPCS customers off the company's legacy CDMA network and onto its own LTE network. T-Mobile says fewer than 500,000 MetroPCS customers are still using the CDMA network.
MetroPCS CDMA Network to Go Dark in June
T-Mobile intends to shutter MetroPCS' legacy CDMA network by late June, according to information on the carrier's web site. The company recently said it had three major metro markets — and about 500,000 customers — still using its CDMA network.
T-Mobile Says LTE Footprint Now Matches Sprint
T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray said the company's LTE 4G network now covers 280 million POPS. That's a slight improvement from the 275 million POPs T-Mobile said it covered at the end of April.