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

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A very good thing

kingstu

Oct 3, 2012, 1:28 PM
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.
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KOL4420

Oct 3, 2012, 1:32 PM
Plus you get faster 3G speeds and a realistic 4G LTE network unlike what Metro has now what 4 cities with LTE? lol x)
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Mark_S

Oct 4, 2012, 6:14 AM
For the life of me do not know why this never took on here in the U.S.
It would create alot less hassles.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CDMA_Subscriber_Identi ... »
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vikes0115

Oct 4, 2012, 10:59 AM
It would create a lot less hassles... for their customers. The carriers, on the other hand, loved not having SIM cards. The harder it is for you to take your phone from one carrier and go to another, the better hold they had on you. The bigger hold the carriers have on their customers, the more profitable they are.
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Jarahawk

Oct 4, 2012, 5:29 PM
Because Verizon and Sprint do not WANT their phones to be easily capable of being taken to the rival carrier. That sort of thing works in China likely because the government mandates it. Why in the hell would I want to make it easier for my customer to leave me? Seriously.
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kingstu

Oct 5, 2012, 8:30 AM
Look at this analogy. If you switch from cable to satellite you don't have to buy a new TV. You never think of that as they are distinct. You get whatever TV you want and whatever service you want. On the GSM side of things, they can easily make devices that work for 3G and 4G that will operate on T-Mobile and AT&T. My desire to stay with a cellular service shouldn't depend on their service and plans, not on their phones.
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T Bone

Oct 4, 2012, 9:41 AM
"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....
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Jarahawk

Oct 4, 2012, 5:33 PM
"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.
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T Bone

Oct 4, 2012, 9:55 PM
Even if (for some ridiculous reason) carriers did want to make it easy for customers to leave, there is still the fact that the networks run of different frequencies, and they don't run on different frequencies because the networks are trying to be jerks, but also because the FCC assigns them a specific frequency....you're not going to see every network in the country running on the same frequency....
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Mark_S

Oct 5, 2012, 6:23 AM
Absolutely. Choice is a great thing. Our country is based on it. Then corporations became all about profit, not about what the customer wants. Sure they have to give some choice so they come out of it looking that much cleaner but only just the right amount so they do not cut their own throats.
GSM is GSM with SIM cards already. CDMA handsets cost more already so I do not see the issue with making them with C-SIMs. Every time you change a device, even on the same carrier, you do not have to re-enter the phone book all over again.
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