MetroPCS customers are migrating to T-Mobile's GSM network ahead of schedule

MetroPCS customers are migrating to T-Mobile's GSM network ahead of schedule
T-Mobile has announced that 92% of MetroPCS customers in three important markets (Boston, Hartford, Conn., and Las Vegas) have switched from the pre-paid carrier's older CDMA pipeline, to T-Mobile's GSM/HSPA+/LTE network. The change took place after T-Mobile pulled the plug on Metro's network. The latter's CDMA pipeline in Philadelphia will be next to get shut down, later this year.

In April, T-Mobile had warned MetroPCS customers in Boston, Hartford and Las Vegas that their CDMA flavored phone would no longer work on July 1st, and said that they should trade in their handsets for a GSM compatible unit for little or no cost. T-Mobile is refarming the spectrum in the three markets to build wider spectrum channels and add more LTE capacity. For example, in Las Vegas, T-Mobile has launched its "Wideband LTE" wireless service, using 15MHz X 15MHz channels. Sin City is one of 17 markets where T-Mobile is promoting faster wireless speeds and higher capacity.

So what is happening to those who didn't switch before T-Mobile pulled the plug? The latter says that it will continue to help these customers make the switch to a GSM phone. In Boston, Hartford and Las Vegas, T-Mobile noticed that customers with the Samsung Galaxy S III did not have a similar trade-in option for a comparable handset. The carrier added $100 to the value of the Galaxy S III trade to $299, so that customers could swap their CDMA handset to a GSM powered LG Optimus F6 and still have a credit in their account.

When T-Mobile purchased MetroPCS, it talked constantly about migration. Things are moving ahead of plan, with the four CDMA networks getting closed a year ahead of schedule. It might seem like inconvenience to MetroPCS customers, but at the end of the day, customers of MetroPCS and T-Mobile will have faster data speeds and no congested pipelines.

source: FierceWireless

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9 Comments

1. Derekjeter

Posts: 1448; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

All 6 of them....good for you TMO.

3. andynaija

Posts: 1247; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

All 6 of what?http://goo.gl/IeIKbn

4. james1

Posts: 97; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Yes, all 6 that are paying half what you pay and at the same time getting the FASTEST 4G LTE speeds.

5. andynaija

Posts: 1247; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

OHHH, Now I got what he meant by all 6..

6. andynaija

Posts: 1247; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Derek I'm sure we all know that Metro has a sizeable amount of customers, and at least we are getting great LTE speeds at a reasonable price :O :P

2. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

The Optimus F6 is hardly comparable to the S3

7. rdaex

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

That was my thought too... Why didnt they just give them a Tmobile S3!? Theyre all over walmart for 299

9. givemetacos

Posts: 16; Member since: May 12, 2014

They would have to unlock them for them to work on MetroPCS and then relock them. T-mobile, Walmart Family Mobile, and Brightspot Mobile are all T-mobile locked, but MetroPCS has a different lock for whatever reason.

8. givemetacos

Posts: 16; Member since: May 12, 2014

Thats why they are giving $299 towards a new phone it doesn't have to be an F6. The article says they can get an F6 and some credit. Thats a $100 phone and $200 worth of bill credits which is a little over 3 months on their most expensive plan.

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