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T-Mobile's CTO says a Sprint-MetroPCS hook up would have network problems

0. phoneArena 09 Oct 2012, 12:48 posted on

One of T-Mobile's top executives, CTO Neville Ray, says that a Sprint-MetroPCS deal would create network problems for Sprint; T-Mobile and MetroPCS have agreed to as merger and there is speculation that Sprint is going to step in with a bid of its own for the fifth largest U.S. carrier...

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posted on 09 Oct 2012, 14:14 3

5. ibap (Posts: 765; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


CDMA is not a dying technology yet - have that conversation with Verizon. If we were a small country in Europe, it would be dead, but we have a big enough population in the US to support it here.

T-Mobile uses that 1700 MHz band which no one else does, which cripples T-Mobile phones when unlocked and attempting to use them on other networks. It also limits what phones you can use for full functionality on their network. T-Mobile wants to expand the number of 1700 MHz users, since they're stuck with it.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 15:26 1

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


See my above comment. CDMA, while not dead, is being phased out. I'm guessing it'll be gone from major carriers by 2016, and regional carriers by 2020

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 19:40 1

26. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Actually... you got it the other way around, T-Mo is trying to expand number of all users. T-Mo is starting to support 1900 MHz users, 1700 MHz will be upgraded to support LTE. I guess T-Mo must be pretty happy to be stuck with 1700 MHz bands eh? Not to mention a lot of current T-Mo phones also support 1900 MHz.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 14:39 3

6. Jphones (Posts: 235; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Why's everybody getting down on T-Mobile they at least use HSPA+ network. Which is the closest non lte network available in terms of speed. Sprint's wimax is nothin compared to it and their LTE network is far from coverage needed to be called a real network.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 17:02

15. tuminatr (Posts: 774; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


its all about implamentation if sprint did WImax correctley it would be better than HSPA+ like many things they blew the exicution

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 15:43 5

10. KickRocks (Posts: 168; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


Sprint already has network problems.........

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 16:18 3

11. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


sprint is the brat child that likes to be in the center of attention. It tries to ruin things for others. It didn't want metropcs. Now tmo wants, sprint wants. Its a sick company.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 17:06

17. andygallo (Posts: 39; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


The CEO has been trying to aquire MetroPCS for a while now, he's just couldn't get buy off from the board...

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Sprints-Board-said-MetroPCS-merger-didnt-feel-right_id27298

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 17:12 1

18. snowgator (Posts: 3600; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


My money is on T-Mobile closing this deal. I believe the transition period may be easier under Sprint than T-Mo, but T-Mo has the yes in place from both boards and a very solid point about the turn over in handsets. I really was thinking Sprint would swoop in and snap it up, but at some point the law of averages has to break T-Mo's way. They have had a bad enough year and a half.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 17:46

19. jenna_23 (Posts: 145; Member since: 02 Apr 2010)


Good for tmo.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 18:37

22. letgomyeggroll (Posts: 138; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


So the big question is, are they paying for replacement phone for Metro PCS customers when they shut it down? Are they gonna piss them off and loose more subscribers?

GSM maybe the new technology but the coverage service sucks, even with ATT. That is why Verizon and Sprint kept the CDMA. Verizon did at one point considered GSM, but it will cost more to put more towers up to get the same amount of coverage as CDMA. And the difference in the technology was not enough for the cost difference.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 19:44

27. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


They did say that the LTE technology on T-Mo will be okay to use for Metro customer before the merger finishes. So I'm guessing anyone else without a LTE device is screwed.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 21:35

30. Tips_y (Posts: 30; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)


The article said "MetroPCS' customers [will be] moved by 2015". That probably means, if the merger happens, MetroPCS CDMA will start winding down that year. And 2015 is 3 years from now so most MetroPCS users would probably have upgraded to a different handset by then.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 23:29

33. letgomyeggroll (Posts: 138; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


They will start taking it down when they merge, and completely out by 2015. And people that is on Metro PCS, don't upgrade phones like us on contract. They have to pay the full retail of the phone and most of the smart phones are $500 plus.

And Tmobile will not use the current LTE of Metro PCS. The will rebuild to be fully functionable with their current LTE system.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 19:59

28. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


I hope that one of the areas where tmobile have metroPCS' 4g LTE will be in Las Vegas.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 16:00

46. archangel9 (Posts: 233; Member since: 07 Feb 2010)


Lol....you trolls make me laugh.We have no love for y'all.Ruckus at least we agree to disagree and on somethings but leave the American diss out of it. Im very proud to be one as far as my ancestry is here

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