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T-Mobile merger with MetroPCS approved by Deutsche Telekom, MetroPCS boards

0. phoneArena 03 Oct 2012, 07:39 posted on

The boards of Deutsche Telekom, owner of T-Mobile in the United States, and MetroPCS have both approved a deal that would merge the two carriers into one…

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posted on 03 Oct 2012, 08:14 3

14. snowgator (Posts: 3601; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Sprint's board of directors will feel stupid for letting this merger with Metro get past it. It was a fantastic fit for them, and Metro had a similar vision for the future.

T-Mobile may have to accelerate it's LTE plans to make this work. Despite what some posters here are thinking, there is no denying that a LTE rollout is an expensive proposition. Throw in keeping up 2 different signal towers and the expense of the logistics of the merger, this is not a slam dunk. It looks good on paper, but it may not be the yellow brick road until they are a unified technology.

Good luck. I respect me some T-Mobile, and would have been a customer had their service been offered in my town.

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 08:17 1

16. snowgator (Posts: 3601; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Side note: U.S. Cellular and Sprint in response, anyone?

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 08:22 1

18. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Like a merger?

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 08:57 4

28. e.wvu (unregistered)


Oh please no! I just left Sprint to go to U.S. Cellular. Lol.

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 10:09 1

37. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


US has reliable service, although some of their phones are out of date, they have a few goodies though

posted on 07 Oct 2012, 11:55

57. ThatDudeMike (Posts: 4; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)


That Would be a good merger, Good Service, somewhat old phones but with sprint there's a chance to improve

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 08:30 5

20. Victor.H (Posts: 678; Member since: 27 May 2011)


I'd venture a guess Sprint simply ran out of money to make it happen after spending billions on LTE and the iPhone. Whatever the reason, this seems like a good deal for T-Mobile.

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 08:19 2

17. StalkinUrMom (Posts: 111; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)


As a T-Mobile customer, f**k yes! I'm so happy that there's even a tiny chance that'll I'll get LTE without needing to switch. I hope the rates stay low though.

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 08:36

23. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


We were going to have LTE anyway, just having to wait for it to be built and turned on

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 08:41

25. StalkinUrMom (Posts: 111; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)


Yeah, I know. All the reps on Facebook say it might take until Q3 of next year to have it up and running. The sooner the better! And that means a bunch of areas will have coverage right from the get go...unlike Sprint's launch.

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 08:44 2

26. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Their HSPA+42mbps is plenty fast and highly consistent.

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 08:53

27. StalkinUrMom (Posts: 111; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)


Definitely, I'm not saying their 4G is bad. Coverage is perfect here in Downtown Austin.
My brother's Note on at&t smokes my One-s when it comes to loading up pages. I can't let him have that!

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 11:00 1

40. cptbeatstix (Posts: 101; Member since: 19 Jul 2012)


I don't know where they heard the Q3 thing at, but we've been building out LTE for the better part of this year. January is when they start flipping the switch on the markets. But don't get too excited, you still need an LTE phone to get the top speed. Then you can show your brother how slow ATT is lol.

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 11:38

42. StalkinUrMom (Posts: 111; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)


Meh. It's my fault for thinking anything on Facebook is reliable information. I was gonna open up a line for my girlfriend next month and give her my One-S so I could get the 8x for myself. I might just wait for an LTE Windows Phone to hit TMo now that I know LTE isn't that far off, thanks man. Do you know which markets will be getting it First?

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 14:19

50. cptbeatstix (Posts: 101; Member since: 19 Jul 2012)


As of right now, no. They normally don't even let us know network upgrades go out. It just so happens that one of our employees' dad is one of the big guys in the engineering side. More than likey its will be New york, Dallas and Austin first.

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 09:10

29. tedkord (Posts: 12310; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I can see where this makes sense for LTE and beyond, but where does this leave T-Mobile 's current GSM and Metro 's current cdma subscribers? They get no more coverage, and coverage is the weakest point for each carrier.

How it works out. Verizon and AT&T need some better competition to keep them in check.

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 09:56 1

36. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Metro's subscribers are non contract thus very pliable. My guess is since this is mostly for spectrum and LTE that Tmo will convert Metro's CDMA towers as needed to shore up existing coverage weaknesses and lease out or MNVO the rest at least until they are ready to flip them all to LTE. I'm assuming that Tmo will give metro customers some sort of deal/discount to flip over to a GSM/Tmobile phone at some point when they are ready to turn off the majority of CDMA towers and flip them all to LTE/GSM.

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 10:18

38. cdgoin (Posts: 542; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)


Now they need to merge with Ntelos and with that base, they would be on par with Sprint if not surpass them. But believe Ntelos has no LTE and is CDMA so it would be tricky. BUt Ntelos DOES have iPhone so..

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 10:32 2

39. NoLoGo (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


T-Mobile CEO Speaks About Combined Company with MetroPCShttp://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=T1AYqBdhfo4

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 11:45

43. Snap123 (Posts: 33; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


From what i get from metropcs customers who has cdma phones most of them hate it with the exceptions of some of the new 4g lte phones that have cdma. They can't wait to get rid of their phones for a better one.

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 13:37

48. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


good stuff :)

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 19:24

55. solidsnakeduds013 (Posts: 218; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


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