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T-Mobile, MetroPCS and why it may work

0. phoneArena posted on 07 Oct 2012, 00:11

It was the first question asked after the merger announcement, how will the new company manage completely incompatible networks?

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posted on 07 Oct 2012, 02:07 4

1. Lboogey6 (Posts: 281; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)

very smart

posted on 07 Oct 2012, 05:55 2

2. depeche (Posts: 63; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)

This makes sense...
T-Mobile may get a leg in the LTE realm while making itself a bit larger, hopefully more profitable.
Down the road it may be the third largest phone carrier, however, Sprint seems to have a very active LTE deployment which will be central in any customers expectations.

posted on 07 Oct 2012, 12:48

4. lsutigers (Posts: 821; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)

14 to 22 mbps on T-Mobile's HSPA??? I know the network is theoretically capable ot 42.2 mbps but I have never seen that in real world use. The people I know with TMO, usually get 3-5mbps on HSPA. LTE is theoretically capable of 100 mbps, do you ever see that? Not saying it's not possible but highly unlikely.

Also, you are comparing a very mature 3.5G network to a brand new LTE network from Sprint, they are just now beginning to deploy. In some areas I have tested I saw LTE speeds of 25-30mbps in Atlanta. You are comparing Sprint's average to TMO's non existent high end.

posted on 07 Oct 2012, 15:06 2

5. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

Your assumptions are off

The network being capable and the device being capable are 2 different things. There are a range of "4g" phones on Tmobile (14.4mb/s, 21mb/s, 42mb/s. ) You also have to be in an HSPA+ market, not just HSPA or HSDPA. Here in jacksonville, grab an SGS3 and run the test. I've seen spikes in the 30s with sustained speeds anywhere from 8-25mb/s. National speed tests put Tmobile at just a hair under VZW's LTE and at nearly half the cost.

LTE-Advance is capable of 100mb/s. NO ONE has LTE-A Yet. The fastest available is on VZW and ATT which get speeds up to the 40s. But just like HSPA+, sustained speeds are 7-mid 20s for most people.
Metro uses a joke of LTE that never goes over like 7. It sucks. You get what you pay for.
Tmobile's implementation of LTE is going to be LTE-10 which is a faster radio than what VZW/ATT uses. It's also just a software upgrade to LTE-A's 100mb/s.

in 2013, Tmobile will have the fastest LTE with the fastest HSPA+ back up radios, and still for nearly half the price of VZW/ATT.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 19:21 1

12. mdolphins9998 (Posts: 11; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)

Thank you....somebody who knows what the HELL they are talking about!!!!!!!!! #HELL YEAAAA

posted on 07 Oct 2012, 21:19

10. Hughey2k2 (Posts: 14; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)

I have an SGS2 on T-Mobile my average speed test is around 14 to 19mbs in northeast Nj

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 01:00

11. DSmithee (unregistered)

If anything, Tmobile gets more capacity in a few very key metro markets. Dallas/Ft. Worth metro, all of Florida, a large chunk of Calfornia, part of MIchigan, etc...

Seems smart to me.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 21:02

15. DSmithee (unregistered)

You're preaching to the choir--I dumped Verizon not too long ago because I didn't want to pay $100 a month to use a smartphone. So I jumped ship to Virgin.

Geezus, was that eye-opening. Sprint's data is HORRIBLE in South Florida. I barely get reception anywhere, and my data speeds are miserable. I'll probably sign up with T-Mobile in the near future--$69 for 500 min and 2 GB of data with unlimited texting. That's fine with me.

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