MetroPCS Would Allow Unlocked LTE iPhone On Its Network
MetroPCS CFO Braxton Carter said that were Apple to bring an LTE-equipped version of the iPhone to market, MetroPCS would allow it to access its LTE network. Network access would only be given to unlocked LTE iPhones, not those on contract. Apple only recently began allowing iPhone owners to unlock older devices that aren't under contract. "If you have LTE iPhones out there, it could be an opportunity in the future," Carter said today at the JPMorgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference. Carter also noted that the company expects to finish building its LTE network on top of its existing CDMA footprint by the end of the third quarter, though he admitted that the company is having a hard time transitioning customers to the faster network due to the lack of inexpensive LTE phones. "We're in a transition period right now as we wait for low-cost LTE handsets," Carter said. Its current lineup of LTE phones range in price between $250 and $330, but it hopes to bring LTE phones to market next year below the $150 price point. Carter said MetroPCS will only offer a couple of feature phones in 2013, and hopes that 95% of its device portfolio will be LTE-enabled by the end of 2013.
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 Talks Up Coverage Improvements, iPhone Deals
T-Mobile said it has doubled the number of square miles covered by its LTE network over the last year, according to a blog post written by CEO John Legere. T-Mobile is on track to blanket another 600,000 square miles of area with LTE by the end of the year.
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.
Meet the LG Exalt, Verizon's First LTE-Only Flip Phone
Verizon Wireless recently added the LG Exalt LTE to its lineup of inexpensive flip phones. The Exalt LTE has the distinction of being Verizon's first 4G LTE basic phone, according to the carrier.
Metro uses AWS for LTE right?