San Diego, CA
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Might as well. Last i knew, MetroPcs has 700Mhz, 1900mhz/pcs, and aws spectrum. Granted not a lot, but it still will help t-mobile with the refarming. Plus MetroPcs has an LTE network.
At&t converted it's cdma alltel territory it acquired, so this should be that much different. Plus, t-mobile can refarm MetroPcs spectrum to help it's current PCS/AWS refarming. (putting HSPA+ on pcs) while possibly keeping current metropcs customers running until they get new phones.
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Boynton Beach, FL
Good Usually not a fan of mergers that eliminate competitiveness but MetroPCS is struggling as it is and Tmo USA has competitive plans and pricing
yeah......... so? I could see this happening, but I'm too skeptical to see this as having them offer better prices/value than what they offer now.. it would just make them a more solidified competitor on par with Sprint. I always take the "what's in it for me--the consumer" perspective on giving my blessing... and I dont' see much, if anything at all..
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said by jagged:TMO has to grow or die. And in the US market, where maybe 3 national carriers is all that can make it financially, Sprint & TMO are fighting to be that 3rd carrier. Which one will be the survivor?
Usually not a fan of mergers that eliminate competitiveness but MetroPCS is struggling as it is and Tmo USA has competitive plans and pricing
WiseOldNerdDe gustibus non est disputandumPremium
Competition is GOOD Anything that helps build sustainable competition to the Death-star and the Klingons should be supported. That will always benefit the customers of all companies.
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IowaCowboyWant to go back to IowaPremiumReviews:
Metro PCS (and the competive market). The Metro PCS kiosk at the Eastfield Mall (Springfield, MA) and the Holyoke Mall (Holyoke, MA) went out of business recently. The deal is that they can't compete with AT&T and Verizon (which have much better coverage). Also, the big carriers have been much more lenient with credit checks as some people I know with bad credit got approved with no deposit on one of the major carriers (not an MVNO) so the alternative carrier market is declining. Pocket wireless (which took low credit customers) already folded and got acquired by Metro PCS. And they are competing with the free SafeLink cell phones (which I would not take even if I was eligible).
I am happy with my Verizon iPhone and look forward to upgrading to iPhone 5 when I am eligible for an upgrade. I recently added mom and grandma to my Verizon plan (even though they have dumb phones).
The fact that Verizon has been approving low credit customers (at least the ones I know of) with no deposit is that they don't want to lose the sale to a competitor.
I wish I still lived in Iowa; Everything there from rent and groceries to Cable TV is much cheaper in Iowa (especially with an overbuilder in town).
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Re: Good You don't really just need 3 providers. You can keep a 4th and the forth can be the discount provider that has no contracts, offers customers discounts for bringing their own phones, including the iPhone and actually giving directions on how to set it up. Who ever is in number 4 will be that carrier. But with Sprint itself it is going to need to change the way it does busienss. by them raising their prices even after they cried about not being able to compete against TMO-USA/AT&T Mobility. And now they're telling people they are considering charging extra for their LTE network. That will NOT keep people happy, even regardless if they offer unlimited data. What is next with them, overages and shared plans? I wouldn't doubt it at this point, especially when they have a HUGE network build out to pay for.
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Re: Metro PCS (and the competive market). Even for those that can't get postpaid the fact that someone can go to Walmart and get Straighttalk or similar MVNO's on those networks causes even more pressure on the little guys. I myself have recommended Straighttalk on the AT&T network due to very good coverage around here.
Irun Manwhat obstacle?Premium
It's the iPhone, stupid Carriers that didn't pay the dreaded iPhone tax are feeling the pinch and customers are leaving in droves. Smaller players such as MetroPCS have been hanging on by the fingernails since iPhone 4.
T-Mobile has been swimming against the tide as well and iPhone 5 is only accelerating customer defections.
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Re: Metro PCS (and the competive market). kiosks cost money. There is no point in having them, especially Corp owned when you can find a dealer that will manage them for you. Especially the gas stations and the payment center stores that offer ever carrier under the sun, or even Best Buy. It makes much more sense from a busienss stand point to move to dealers and allow the company as a whole to focus their money in places it makes sense. That is why a good share of the CLEAR "stores" are dealers, especially in the malls. Sign master agreements with these companies and let them have at it- the same as DELL did with their "new" stores. Which by the way are closing after Christmas.
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Re: It's the iPhone, stupid
said by Irun Man:Leap (Cricket) has had the iPhone for a little wile now and they're still struggling.
Carriers that didn't pay the dreaded iPhone tax are feeling the pinch and customers are leaving in droves. Smaller players such as MetroPCS have been hanging on by the fingernails since iPhone 4.
bah I hate MetroPCS no one should merge with this company. They have terrible spotty coverage. You can never get a good signal indoors. Also they charge more money for 4G prepaid than T-mobile prepaid. Back out T-mobile stay far far away!
T-mobile is buying them just for their licenses.
reply to Irun Man
Re: It's the iPhone, stupid Sadly that seems to be the case. Same for US Cellular.
reply to djdanska
Re: Might as well. TMO needed for AWS spectrum in the NE which Verizon outbid them. MetroPCS has the NE AWS spectrum so they are good. In addition AT&T was trying to have new AWS bands defined to squeeze them, so this is a perfect spectrum match.
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Re: Metro PCS (and the competive market). i refer people to the Sprint and VZW network- especially since on Sprint's side you can roam now. I have told people also to get ST sims and use TMO. Or just TMO directly.
But i see TMO out doing Sprint- Sprint is too focused on their MVNOs.
King PDon't blame me. I voted for Ron PaulPremiumReviews:
Probably cheaper to buy MetroPCS than to build out I'm willing to bet that T-Mobile saw the numbers, and it was a better deal to buy out MetroPCS and get their spectrum, than it was to build out in the areas where T-Mobile wasn't and MetroPCS is.
There is my "Captain Obvious" statement for the day.
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and don't forget those added customers also will add more money to their bottom line and can move them up higher on the list in terms of size. I'm surpised they haven't bought any MVNOs, especially the ones that are on their network, the same as Sprint did with Boost and VM-USA
San Diego, CA
reply to King P
Not to mention the added pcs spectrum will help with the hspa+ refarming, not to mention more aws spectrum.
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reply to djdanska
Re: Might as well. The kicker here is that MetroPCS could migrate off of CDMA pretty quickly if it needed to (e.g. when merging with TMo). The company already has one VoLTE-capable phone and they're pushing hard for more. Of course it might be cheaper to just give everyone on MetroPCS an HSPA capable phone comparable to what they have now on MetroPCS, compared to getting VoLTE running on TMo's entire network on a quick schedule. But it's an option.
As for spectrum, TMo and MetroPCS fit perfectly: PCS and AWS. The key for T-Mobile will be shutting down CDMA on AWS quickly so they can use all of MetroPCS's spectrum there for LTE.