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T-Mobile to Sunset MetroPCS's CDMA Network by 2015

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Oct 3, 2012, 11:04 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS today outlined their plans to transition their disparate GSM/HSPA+ and CDMA/LTE networks into a single HSPA+/LTE network within several years. Speaking to investors, the companies explained that MetroPCS's 1X CDMA network will be turned off by 2015. Thanks in part to the high rate of device turnover within MetroPCS, they believe it won't be difficult to transition customers from MetroPCS's CDMA-based handsets to ones using the same GSM-based technology offered by T-Mobile. T-Mobile is already in the process of refarming its 1900MHz spectrum for use with GSM/HSPA+ rather than GSM/EDGE. With MetroPCS's 1900MHz CDMA network turned off, it could then be used to supplement T-Mobile's HSPA+ coverage. The combined T-Mobile/MetroPCS will eventually offer GSM/HSPA+ entirely in the 1900MHz band, and LTE 4G in the 1700MHz AWS band.

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Oct 3, 2012, 11:40 AM

Uh oh...

So versus just running all the way with VoLTE it seems like MetroPCS in its new TMO skin will be abandoning their CDMA 1X network (about 92% of their customer base still) in exchange for GSM/HSPA+ network with LTE data support... No mention of the VoLTE roadmap they've been on, and if they chose not to follow even that newly chosen path, then they're alienating 100% of what made them successful, in exchange for a failing network... (scratching my head) Eh?
I'm with you 101% on this Carmodboy. This merge smells of failure. Shame on Sprint's board members for turning away this opportunity months back. Dan Hesse called it and they didn't. That merge would've been far more sensible. Both have same technolog...
It doesn't say anywhere that they are giving up on VoLTE. Long term that is the logical path, and is completely unrelated to maintaining or abandoning the CDMA network.

The CDMA network is only relevant in the decision of if they will be convertin...

Oct 3, 2012, 1:28 PM

A very good thing

It will be good when all vestiges of CDMA are gone and the GSM standard rules. Hopefully this will help to make devices more interoperable in the US so switch carriers won't mean switching devices. This is good for Metro PCS because it will allow their customers to bring their own phone and save money.
Plus you get faster 3G speeds and a realistic 4G LTE network unlike what Metro has now what 4 cities with LTE? lol x)
"Hopefully this will help to make devices more interoperable in the US so switch carriers won't mean switching devices."

Maybe not, different carriers still use different frequencies....
"Hopefully this will help to make devices more interoperable in the US so switch carriers won't mean switching devices."

Don't hold your breath. Carriers are not going to make it easy for you to leave.

Oct 3, 2012, 12:13 PM

Tmobile will be Ghetto for sure

Tmobile will be Ghetto for sure
What on Earth does that even mean?
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