MetroPCS legacy CDMA network to go dark on June 21st

MetroPCS legacy CDMA network to go dark on June 21st
T-Mobile has been operating well ahead of schedule re-farming the MetroPCS network. Initial plans were that the legacy CDMA network of the old MetroPCS would continue to operate through much of 2015.

However, the LTE spectrum conversions have been moving so efficiently, T-Mobile is moving its plans forward to optimize the two networks completely.

Since the merger between T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS, the combined operation has been actively courting customers to switch handsets that were compatible with T-Mobile’s GSM/HSPA network. Most of the former Metro’s 8 million subscribers have made the switch, but there are still about 500,000 using the old CDMA network, of which nearly 80% has been converted to T-Mobile’s standard.

MetroPCS is offering upgrade credits to legacy network users based on the type of device they have. Those with an LG Connect will get a credit to let them shift to a Samsung Galaxy Avant. Customers with an LG Motion can get a credit to switch to the LG Optimus F60, and Samsung Admire users migrate to the Samsung Galaxy Light. Subscribers packing a feature phone like the Huawei Verge can get an LG 450.

Customers have until June 20th to upgrade, on the 21st the remaining CDMA network will go dark, and the old handsets will not work.

sources: MetroPCS via FierceWireless

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5 Comments

1. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Wow this is really happening. :/ I remember those nostalgic 1x speeds back in '08 and the pure excitement I felt when my Huawei Ascend started receiving 3G signals for the very first time around '11. Oh those good "old" days lol. Was such a reliable network in my experience, I really had no clue what people were talking about with the dropped calls and such never had such experience. Don't get me wrong I'm happy with my LTE service, but sometimes you just want to travel back some years and experience the earlier times. Oh well time does move forward. You'll be missed my old CDMA network, but won't be forgotten. #CDMALegacy *fake teardrop falling

2. OldNorseBruin

Posts: 235; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

I hear that METRO PCS has improved dramatically now that it has been using T-MOBILE's network. As for those Dropped calls...When I used to speak with my friend who was on his end utilizing his old CDMA Metro phone, yeah, I can NOT even tell you the innumerable number of times that his end of the line just went dead during our conversations... We just used to blame it on the NSA for our criticism of Big Brother!

5. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Haha your friend was probably in a really low signal area...but then how do we know that it wasn't YOUR phone dropping the calls? http://goo.gl/ob3ZV

3. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

CDMA... that contraption rejected the world over, especially because it doesn't allow voice and data at the same time? Good riddance!

4. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Yeah that voice/data and not being able to bring your own device are the only drawbacks, otherwise I think CDMA is just as awesome as GSM.

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