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MetroPCS Would Allow Unlocked LTE iPhone On Its Network

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May 17, 2012, 11:50 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

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.

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