MetroPCS subject of takeover rumors
0. phoneArena posted on 30 Sep 2012, 17:49
Reports are circulating that the nation's fifth largest carrier, MetroPCS, is the subject of a possible acquisition by a number of potential buyers including T-Mobile, Sprint and Dish Network; with its LTE network and large pre-paid business, the carrier would be a great pick-up for any of those three names...
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1. Bernoulli posted on 30 Sep 2012, 18:20 0 3
Isn't US Cellular the nation's fifth largest wireless carrier? And if t-mobile intends to pick this company they will have to do an exaggerated investment, since they operate in different blocks of spectrum and they are a CDMA carrier....t-mobile wont be acquiring them I can promise you that
2. e.wvu (unregistered) posted on 30 Sep 2012, 18:28 2 2
Yea, I thought U.S. Cellular was the 5th largest carrier as well...
3. sniper1087 posted on 30 Sep 2012, 18:31 7 2
no not even close, U.S. Cellular, owns and operates the eighth largest wireless telecommunications network in the United States, behind Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile USA, Clearwire, Metro PCS, and Leap Wireless. As of 2012, they serve about 5.8 million customers in 126 markets in 26 U.S. states. The company has its headquarters in Chicago, Illinois.
9. sniper1087 posted on 30 Sep 2012, 19:09 5 0
indeed I did copy paste it but it proved that it wasn't the top 5 right?
17. Bernoulli posted on 01 Oct 2012, 01:35 0 0
That wasn't even my point moron! It was about how this would be plain stupid if T-Mobile decided to acquire a non gsm carrier, it's just not rational
20. applesauce posted on 01 Oct 2012, 02:05 0 0
AT&T's acquired non-GSM carriers in the past (most recently the parts of Alltel that Verizon wasn't allowed to get), so why can't T-Mobile? LTE uses SIM cards on all the U.S. carriers that offer it as far as I know, so if they do what AT&T does/did and have their customers get a GSM-only phone when they upgrade, shouldn't be a problem.
25. Bernoulli posted on 01 Oct 2012, 08:55 0 0
Yeah T-Mobile fortunately is not AT&T where they force people to "upgrade" and give them an expensive phone for cheap and a higher bill, don't forget these people are not under a contract, plus AT&T has always been noted for having loads of cash, T-Mobile on the other hand even though they're cheaper...I guess maybe that's why, the more expensive the more people they have, such as Verizon (most expensive), AT&T (slightly cheaper) sprint (cheaper, but crappier than AT&T) T-Mobile(cheapest, yet better than AT&T and sprint) people are just simply stuck on the iPhone trend and decide to pay the premium for it
28. letgomyeggroll posted on 02 Oct 2012, 00:38 0 0
All LTR does not required SIM card. None of the Sprint phone uses for SIM card for LTE. The SIM card are mainly GSM that holds the information for the network. Verizon does required an additional chip for their LTE network.
And yes that is kinda strange for T-Mobile to acquire Metrp PCS since they are GSM which will never work with CDMA.
19. Bernoulli posted on 01 Oct 2012, 01:40 0 0
Then I guess phone arena made a mistake when they said that the galaxy note was coming too the top five players, Verizon AT&T T-Mobile sprint and us cellular then
11. metalpoet (unregistered) posted on 30 Sep 2012, 19:31 1 1
Heres a thought, Us Cellular, leap wireless, and Metro PCS merge together to compete against the big four! lol
16. Allen3697 posted on 30 Sep 2012, 21:35 1 1
That's not a bad idea in all seriousness. Cricket +US Cellular + MetroPCS = good idea, about 21 million customers. Cricket won't be around much longer, and neither will MetroPCS. Along with TracFone's 21 million customers, there would be 6 'big players' in America, and I think that'd be good.
26. Bernoulli posted on 01 Oct 2012, 08:57 0 2
Considering they are all non contract customers who can leave when they feel like it I don't think is a convenient idea
4. e.wvu (unregistered) posted on 30 Sep 2012, 18:33 2 0
Yea, I just looked it up. My mistake.
6. Berzerk000 posted on 30 Sep 2012, 18:40 3 1
Why would T-Mobile be interested in Metro? Isn't Metro CDMA?
8. XPERIA-KNIGHT posted on 30 Sep 2012, 19:05 1 0
then it would make more sense for sprint to takeover........boost and virgin mobile (cdma) as well as sprint them selves.....all cdma
10. sniper1087 posted on 30 Sep 2012, 19:09 3 0
they are interested in their Customer base and LTE Spectrum
18. Bernoulli posted on 01 Oct 2012, 01:37 0 0
Have you not been reading how metro pcs is cdma??? They'll have to do a whole lot of refarming if they truly want it, which would be much more costly than just refarming their own AWS bands
7. Maverick1 posted on 30 Sep 2012, 18:46 1 2
Sprint would benefit from this.
T Mobile would likely not be a candiate due to budget restrains since the fail takeove from AT&T.
Dish would definelty be a contender.
12. metalpoet (unregistered) posted on 30 Sep 2012, 19:33 2 0
Oh god please dont let DISH Network have anything to do with cell phones!
24. tuxpower posted on 01 Oct 2012, 08:28 2 0
headlines: DISH Networks sets up cellular network.
downside: You can't make phone calls if it's overcast or raining...
15. sniper1087 posted on 30 Sep 2012, 20:26 1 0
there was talks a long time ago but now is not one option, cricket is worth less than metroPCS and they are looking for a partner with more capital.
14. phil2n posted on 30 Sep 2012, 20:23 0 3
blah blah blah.. t-mo acquiring sprint Failed..
t-mo again, i think its ........................
21. andynaija posted on 01 Oct 2012, 04:26 0 0
DISH Network please just stick to dishes. Because everything will probably go downhill if they mess with phones.
23. Beholder88 posted on 01 Oct 2012, 07:33 0 0
When did T-Mobile go CDMA? As I recall they are a GSM carrier. If they went for metroPCS, they would be edging into the CDMA game, which almost doesn't make sense. It would make more sense for Sprint to buy them, as they are already CDMA, and they could use the network to their advantage.
27. disneydad posted on 01 Oct 2012, 10:09 0 0
Metro is currently upgrading their entire network to LTE so the "Metro is CDMA and TMO is GSM" argument is not as big of a factor as you'd think. If TMO is in the hunt they'll most likely keep Metro prepaid and become even more of a post/pre hybrid carrier with a very inviting device lineup. The big reason to acquire Metro for any carrier is taking competition off of the table and even bigger, SPECTRUM. With TMO and Metro already running on the same AWS frequencies (mostly) it makes sense.
Sprint doesn't need ANOTHER prepaid carrier purchase. They need to focus their capital on their LTE build out and enhancing coverage.