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MetroPCS Shareholders Approve T-Mobile Deal

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Spectrum. . .

Jayshmay

Apr 24, 2013, 9:45 AM
Both these companies share the same spectrum, right?
1700mhz AWS?

Next 2-3yrs will be very interesting for T-Mobile.
I hope they thrive, and by 2015 move into 3rd place among
the wireless carriers.
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Tofuchong

Apr 24, 2013, 10:33 AM
I'm pretty sure you're correct about the 1700mhz AWS spectrum being common to the two carriers.

And yes, I hope you're right about them moving into 3rd, and pushing out Sprint to where they belong, 4th or 5th even. I'm not talking carrier size, I'm talking carrier quality.

Sprint should definately not be 3rd.
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Haggard

Apr 24, 2013, 10:54 AM
It's surprising they're still able to maintain the 3rd position.
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Jayshmay

Apr 24, 2013, 11:04 AM
After 7+yrs of bad decisions, yes, they are very lucky.
I don't think consumers do their research.

T-Mobile better market themselves better the next 2yrs.
They have a whole lot of growth potential.
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Haggard

Apr 24, 2013, 11:35 AM
Guaranteed. Hence why we have all these services in order to avoid bill shock because the customer won't take responsibility in looking into their account once in a while and the carriers have to baby them.

T-Mobile is the only one that looks like they are trying out of all the other carriers. I hope it works out in the end for them and surpass Sprint. I've thought about switching from T-Mobile from AT&T though, just not entirely sure on what I want to do, I'm already paying $70 and I get great service already.
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KOL4420

Apr 24, 2013, 4:27 PM
Dont do it. Tmobile for the most part offers spotty coverage at best other then in specific area's.

If you have that price with your current carrier and are enjoying great coverage it would be silly to switch.
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tlgreene1021

Apr 24, 2013, 5:16 PM
Cool
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brad162

Apr 25, 2013, 12:57 AM
I've been using T-Mobile since 2006 as my primary phone, and have better voice quality and less drops than when i tried Verizon here in Arizona, i drive across the country a few times a year and never have issues.

to each is own i guess, have fun paying $90+ extra a month for a phone. I'll just put $10 every four months on a cheap prepaid in the glove box for "emergencies" and keep that $350 in savings for more important things.

I was paying VZW $180/mo just for one phone when i tried them out since i actually use my data on my phone, and it was slower than T-Mobile here (and this was VZW LTE vs HSPA+ 42)... no thanks!
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DarkStar

Apr 26, 2013, 3:31 PM
Thats funny because when I did sell T-mobile in South Orange County about 60% of my new activations were returned because of poor coverage. Never had that problem with Sprint, AT&T, And Verizon.
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MrGuder

Apr 24, 2013, 11:37 AM
While Sprint does suck in general, they have the coverage and when they don't you automatically roam on Verizon so most people don't care. T-Mo is a better company for sure but their problem has always been coverage. Especially if you're not in one of the larger cities. I would love to see T-Mo overtake Sprint for the 3rd largest but until they deal with their coverage issues it's unlikely. They're headed in the right direction though. Winning some nice 600Mhz spectrum would do it for T-Mo but that's long off. The problem with Sprint is that they have good ideas and intentions but they always end up being poorly executed.
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arox413

Apr 24, 2013, 12:39 PM
That bit about auto roaming on Verizon is not true. I live where there is no coverage but Verizon but it is good coverage and my friend who has Sprint when he comes to town has no service at all.
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DarkStar

Apr 26, 2013, 3:32 PM
Easy fix. Root the android phone and use an app called Roam control.
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Haggard

Apr 24, 2013, 1:57 PM
But it can barely penetrate air so it's almost worthless.
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Jayshmay

Apr 24, 2013, 4:58 PM
You talking about T-Mobile? I've been testing T-Mobile all over Connecticut. Signal is strong, full bars in a lot of places. I'm borrowing an old MyTouch 4G from a friend, getting speeds of 5-7mbps, not bad for a phone that doesn't even have HSPA 42.
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Haggard

Apr 25, 2013, 8:34 AM
No, Sprint. Razz
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KOL4420

Apr 24, 2013, 4:30 PM
Even in the major cities the coverage is still pretty bad specially in buildings... Outside I get magnificent coverage but inside a building forget about it. Without WiFi calling no one would be able to make calls inside their homes.
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T Bone

Apr 25, 2013, 9:45 AM
Well....I think most people do initially, at least as far as finding out what carrier their family and friends are using and where they can get the best coverage.....but after they sign up with a carrier, most people are just inclined, by habit and inertia, to stay with that same company forever until they have a reason to change.

I mean....I've been with at&t since forever, I initially signed up around 1996 or so and have been with them through a couple different acquisitions and name changes....I've never used any other carrier....and the reason why I signed up with at&t originally is because I had previously had at&t for my landline long distance service since basically forever.....

So I originally signed up with at&t because the...
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Jayshmay

Apr 24, 2013, 12:41 PM
This will automatically bump T-Mobile up to 43-44 million customers. I'm guessing the deal will close completely by the end of the year.

This is the right move for T-Mobile, and the right move for all U.S. consumers.
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Tofuchong

Apr 24, 2013, 12:54 PM
I agree 100%. Strengthening (sp?) the most value-oriented large carrier can only be a good thing.
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Jayshmay

Apr 24, 2013, 1:12 PM
Stupid question for you, the S4 won't need any software updates, or some special frequency to take advantage of the combined spectrum,... right?

I know it'll take some time, just want to know for sure that my "soon to be gotten **Galaxy S4***" will be able to take advantage of the BEEFY combined spectrum.
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Tofuchong

Apr 24, 2013, 1:32 PM
As far as I understand, the answer to your question is no.

As long as the broadcast frequency is the same, as long as the mode (technology) is the same, there should be no required update.

If you are inquiring becuase the Note II needed an update to enable LTE - I have not heard the same thing would be required on the GS IV. T-Mobile just needs to finish acquiring, and refarming MetroPCS spectrum.

That will not happen fast, so there definately won't be an immediate impact.
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DarkStar

Apr 26, 2013, 3:34 PM
No this is a bad move. This removes one more carrier from the marketplace limiting our choices.
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furyx639

Apr 24, 2013, 1:44 PM
Not that the MVNOs are all that popular, but I'm sure a lot of Sprint customers don't even know they have Sprint.
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PhoneMaster

Apr 24, 2013, 10:42 AM
Yes, both companies use the 1900 PCS and 1700 AWS bands so their spectrum holdings complement each other very nicely.
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Jayshmay

Apr 24, 2013, 12:44 PM
This is gonna be niCe!!!

I look forward to reading about T-Mobile's plans for network integration.
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Fredd

Apr 24, 2013, 11:00 AM
Spectrum may be similar, but technology is significantly different. TMO is 3G, Metro PCS is CDMA. There will be significant device incompatibility for a while, with a conversion project on the horizon!
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Jayshmay

Apr 24, 2013, 12:48 PM
I look forward to reading about Tmo's integration plans!!!

I wonder how the more beefier 1700 spectrum will help with their LTE network. . .
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