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T-Mobile merger with MetroPCS

mobilemadness

Oct 8, 2012, 6:36 PM
The one good thing I can think will result from this merger is Metro getting rid of that worthless, proprietary, uncompetitive, monopolistic, locked down CDMA technology. How that crap technology ever got started in the US is beyond me. I guess Qualcomm greased some palms to get their bulls**t going here. At least with GSM you won't have phones completely locked down to their network. The US getting set up on CDMA will have to go down as one of the biggest mistakes ever made in mobile phone history. Thanks goodness T-Mobile will convert Metro PCS to GSM and finally have a decent phone selection at decent prices.
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Trismegistus

Oct 9, 2012, 12:06 AM
Is getting everyone on GSM and forcing out CDMA. Got it.
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tritium

Oct 10, 2012, 1:02 PM
T Mobile and Metro PCS will not merge...

Dead issue!
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mobilemadness

Oct 10, 2012, 9:10 PM
Really? Dead issue? And where are you getting this information? Are you from the future? As of right now all things are a "go" with the merger.
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Trismegistus

Oct 14, 2012, 6:52 PM
on how CDMA has a monopoly when there is a competitive alternative.
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mobilemadness

Oct 15, 2012, 12:38 PM
Sorry. I didn't know you were asking a question in your above comment. Sounded more like a statement. What I mean about it being monopolistic is the fact that every CDMA carrier's phones are locked to their network unlike GSM. So if you have the same exact phone model made for Verizon, Sprint, Alltel or US Cellular, you can't use that phone between those carriers. These American carriers set it up that way to prevent people from keeping their phones if they switch carriers. So they aren't a true monopoly, but the technology is uncompetitive like a monopoly. WIth GSM, your will work on any carrier, unless it's software locked, which can by bypassed. CDMA locks the firmware to make it nearly impossible to change. It's a very uncompet...
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Trismegistus

Oct 16, 2012, 6:59 PM
Unless you choose to switch carriers. That does make a bit of difference.
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mobilemadness

Oct 16, 2012, 10:10 PM
I agree Very Happy
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Trismegistus

Oct 17, 2012, 6:41 PM
your serf metaphor was pretty bad?
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mobilemadness

Oct 18, 2012, 10:43 PM
You're s serf if you keep service with a CDMA carrier. If you go with a GSM carrier you'll be a little more "free."
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Jarahawk

Oct 19, 2012, 11:21 PM
Serfs don't have an option. They have to serve the Lord, Baron Duke etc...or be flogged or raped or killed etc...

If you don't like CDMA simply don't sign up with a CDMA carrier. It's really not that serious.
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This_Troper

Oct 20, 2012, 7:54 PM
(You're ruining the hyperbole!)
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cellphonesaretools

Jan 13, 2013, 12:42 PM
Does this ease the sting for you at all?:

"...Additionally, like the iPhone 5 sold on Verizon Wireless, the phone is being sold with an unlocked SIM slot that will allow for using GSM service as a backup abroad,..."

SOURCE:
http://www.phonenews.com/confirmed-straighttalk-ipho ... »
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Mark_S

Jan 14, 2013, 4:41 PM
mobilemadness said:
The one good thing I can think will result from this merger is Metro getting rid of that worthless, proprietary, uncompetitive, monopolistic, locked down CDMA technology. How that crap technology ever got started in the US is beyond me. I guess Qualcomm greased some palms to get their bulls**t going here. At least with GSM you won't have phones completely locked down to their network. The US getting set up on CDMA will have to go down as one of the biggest mistakes ever made in mobile phone history. Thanks goodness T-Mobile will convert Metro PCS to GSM and finally have a decent phone selection at decent prices.


China uses C-SIMS for their CDMA phones. Same principle as GSM but for...
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Troper

Apr 14, 2013, 9:23 PM
It truly amazes me how few people in here know what "monopoly" means.
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