MetroPCS Plans Dual-Mode CDMA/LTE Smartphone for 2010
Today MetroPCS announced the technology vendors that will be supplying its Long Term Evolution networking equipment. Ericsson will be supplying wireless network technology and Samsung will supply MetroPCS' first LTE handset. MetroPCS expects to launch a dual-mode CDMA/LTE smartphone in its major metropolitan markets near the end of 2010, which is when it is scheduled to initiate service on its LTE network. Neither MetroPCS nor Samsung said what operating system the CDMA/LTE smartphone would use. Further, MetroPCS confirmed for Phone Scoop that it plans to offer voice services over LTE via VoIP technology. MetroPCS said it is still working with vendors to arrange exactly how that will play out. MetroPCS also confirmed that it expects to use PCS, AWS and 700MHz spectrum in the future and possibly others, as needed, for roaming. MetroPCS did not say that it actually owns 700MHz spectrum.
Long term this could be a winning angle. I wish I had thought of it. This has to be the only way to grow and stay in business. Mark my words, MetroPCS is here to stay and they can grow, that is the hardest thing to do when your competition has 30 years advantage on you.
Yet another carrier that will have LTE before ATT!!!
This could be interesting
I take it they are using the same LTE tech that Verizon is going towards? or are they developing their own system?
Duel Mode Only
Just some of the markets that WILL NOT have
still only dual mode. So it will not work
in AWS markets regardless.
Metro and LTE?