T-Mobile to Sunset MetroPCS's CDMA Network by 2015
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MetroPCS CDMA Network Shutdown On Track for June 21
MetroPCS plans to switch off its legacy CDMA network on June 21. MetroPCS parent T-Mobile says about 190,000 customers are still using CDMA handsets in the three markets that offer CDMA coverage, down from 300,000 about a month ago.
The CDMA network is only relevant in the decision of if they will be convertin...
A very good thing
Maybe not, different carriers still use different frequencies....
Don't hold your breath. Carriers are not going to make it easy for you to leave.
Tmobile will be Ghetto for sure