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MetroPCS to Cover 95% of Footprint with LTE by 3rd Quarter

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Wow Impresive

Jacobsladder375

Apr 26, 2012, 9:59 AM
Considering Metro is a Pre Paid service carrier I consider it's doing great job aquiring LTE bye end of year. Shame on Sprint...
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Jayshmay

Apr 26, 2012, 10:58 AM
Yeah that's pathetic that a tiny carrier like Metro is in a much better financial situation than Sprint!!!
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Yankees368

Apr 26, 2012, 11:16 AM
Has anyone here actually used MetroPCS LTE? From what I read, it preforms more like very low end HSPA.
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Jellz

Apr 26, 2012, 11:40 AM
Their LTE network is built on 2.5 MHz blocks, whereas Verizon and AT&T are building on 10 MHz blocks in most areas. Also, 95% of a few cities isn't too impressive. Carriers like AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile would cover a large portion of the US to say they had 95% of their coverage area covered by LTE.

Basically, MetroPCS is cutting a lot of corners to get LTE on the cheap. For a small prepaid carrier, that's not necessarily a bad thing (since they have less capital than the big guys), but it's unfair to compare MetroPCS to Sprint or any of the other major carriers.
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Jacobsladder375

Apr 26, 2012, 12:53 PM
Oh did not know that info of built on 2.5 MHz block. But at least they are trying. Thanks!
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canddmeyer

Apr 29, 2012, 3:20 PM
Metro badly needs to expand. Between Bakersfield and Albuquerque there is -0- coverage. Get the simple stuff done, then build the smartphone coverage.
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MarryTheNight

Apr 26, 2012, 1:39 PM
Jellz said:
Their LTE network is built on 2.5 MHz blocks, whereas Verizon and AT&T are building on 10 MHz blocks in most areas. Also, 95% of a few cities isn't too impressive. Carriers like AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile would cover a large portion of the US to say they had 95% of their coverage area covered by LTE.

Basically, MetroPCS is cutting a lot of corners to get LTE on the cheap. For a small prepaid carrier, that's not necessarily a bad thing (since they have less capital than the big guys), but it's unfair to compare MetroPCS to Sprint or any of the other major carriers.



It works for MetroPCS because it's dirt cheap and people don't care. Plus it's waaaaaaay faster than 1X so people are ...
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Jellz

Apr 27, 2012, 7:31 AM
Haven't really looked at what Sprint is planning. Wouldn't be surprised, though. AT&T is using 5 MHz blocks in some places too, where they just don't own the spectrum. I heard that was the case with Chicago, and speeds were noticeably slower than they were in, say, Dallas.
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acdc1a

Apr 26, 2012, 1:32 PM
3Mbps download speed and similar upload speed on a handset. Considering my bill is $40 out the door I'll take it!
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