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Old May 1, 2013, 04:32 PM   #1
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iPhone on MetroPCS Not Imminent After T-Mobile Merger




T-Mobile's acquisition of MetroPCS was finalized today, but the merger will not bring the iPhone to MetroPCS customers in the near future. T-Mobile CEO John Legere, who spoke to AllThingsD, said it is possible that MetroPCS might be able to offer the iPhone at some point, but no plans are currently in the works.
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As for the iPhone coming to MetroPCS, Legere said it's a possibility, but not a foregone conclusion.

"The answer to that is not 'No'," Legere said, but added, "It's not imminent; I think that's safe to say."
Though T-Mobile does not have immediate plans to offer the iPhone via MetroPCS, the company will be moving quickly to offer new MetroPCS-branded devices and transition MetroPCS customers to T-Mobile's network. Legere says that MetroPCS and T-Mobile will be "one integrated company that uses two brands to go to market."

T-Mobile first began offering the iPhone earlier this month, alongside its new contract free "Uncarrier" policy.

According to Legere, T-Mobile's iPhone sales have exceeded expectations, though he did not offer up specific sales numbers. The merger with MetroPCS brings approximately nine million new customers to the network, which could result in even greater iPhone sales if and when T-Mobile decides to offer the iPhone on MetroPCS.

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Old May 1, 2013, 04:33 PM   #2
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Surely a merger wouldn't allow this anyway?
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Old May 1, 2013, 04:37 PM   #3
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Old May 1, 2013, 04:50 PM   #4
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Why would they offer the iPhone on MetroPCS? It seems they are going to try to convert MetroPCS customers to T-Mobile as fast as possible to get them off the network so T-Mobile can use the spectrum for their own uses.
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Old May 1, 2013, 05:03 PM   #5
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They probably will offer the iPhone under the MetroPCS brand, but it will be once it migrates to T-Mobile network.

Kinda like what Sprint did when they offered the iPhone on the Virgin network.
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Old May 1, 2013, 05:59 PM   #6
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Why would they offer the iPhone on MetroPCS? It seems they are going to try to convert MetroPCS customers to T-Mobile as fast as possible to get them off the network so T-Mobile can use the spectrum for their own uses.
I think the MetroPCS branding will be eliminated so no MetroPCS iPhone.
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Old May 1, 2013, 06:10 PM   #7
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I think the MetroPCS branding will be eliminated so no MetroPCS iPhone.
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one integrated company that uses two brands to go to market
Probably in a year or so they will retire the T-Mobile prepaid plans.

Postpaid will all be T-Mobile, prepaid all MetroPCS. This helps them cause frankly after they did the 'uncarrier' thing, the distinction between prepaid and postpaid for T-Mo became even harder
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Probably in a year or so they will retire the T-Mobile prepaid plans.

Postpaid will all be T-Mobile, prepaid all MetroPCS. This helps them cause frankly after they did the 'uncarrier' thing, the distinction between prepaid and postpaid for T-Mo became even harder
I think eventually it will only be T-Mo (if T-Mo remains in the US market years from now).
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Old May 1, 2013, 07:34 PM   #9
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T mobile's branding is a mess. They have dropped it in the UK and launched a new brand called EE (or Everything Everywhere) so maybe that awful name will turn up in the US at some point.
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Old May 1, 2013, 08:15 PM   #10
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Why would they offer the iPhone on MetroPCS? It seems they are going to try to convert MetroPCS customers to T-Mobile as fast as possible to get them off the network so T-Mobile can use the spectrum for their own uses.
Exactly!

I was a MetroPCS customer and you wouldn't believe the mountain of
grief they caused me. Story at http//SwensonStudio.com/metropcs.htm
While I believe that this merger is good for the consumer in general,
it's bad for the metroPCS subscribers. I'm glad that I bailed. If it
was bad to be a Metro customer before, it's horrible now. Customers
will be jumping ship by the boat load. Exactly, what T-mobile wants!
After all they are buying the company for it band spectrum, not the
customer base. The best case would be to take their Metro phones, get
them unlocked and subscribe to goSmart Phone. I think that's the basic
game plan. A plan that's $5 cheaper, without the narrow channels that
Metro uses means a much faster 4g, and way better coverage and much
better customer support. Not too bad unless you have a phone that
can't be unlocked or you can't unlock the one you have.

Then you'll have to queue up for your GSM/HSPA handsets and throw
your old CDMA phones away. Remember the 'service and plan subject to
change' fine print. Well, it's about to kick-in. If any of you think
that T-mobile is going to slow it's race to compete with Verizon and
AT&T, I have a bridge for sale. With their 40mhz pipe, double that of
Verizon and AT&T, they have much, much more data capacity, which is
where the action is. So, They have Verizon and AT&T in their sights.
Do they have the capital and expertise to pull it off? I don't know,
but it'll be fun to watch. That means the quickest possible phase out
of Metro's CDMA net and the assimilation of it's towers, and more
importantly band spectrum, into the T-mobile net is probably their
highest priority. It would be mine.

The only question that remains is how many 100's of millions of dollars
will the top executives at Metro get as a parting gift for selling their
company. If you think Metro's customer service was bad before. You
haven't seen anything yet.
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Old May 2, 2013, 04:01 AM   #11
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Old May 2, 2013, 03:05 PM   #13
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If you think Metro's customer service was bad before. You haven't seen anything yet.
If you're implying that T-Mo's customer service is worse, I disagree.

Every T-Mo CS rep I've talked to in the last 6 years have been cheerful, knowledgeable and courteous.

AT&T, on the other hand, seems to be manned by a bunch of minimum-wage-earning teenagers.
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Old May 4, 2013, 11:44 AM   #14
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Of course their not going to. They already announced with the merger that they would be going with T Mobiles phone technology and phasing out the Metro PCS phones since they are on different bands.
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Old May 6, 2013, 11:45 AM   #15
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Surely a merger wouldn't allow this anyway?
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Old Jun 22, 2013, 11:48 AM   #17
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MetroPCS T-mobile merger

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Exactly!

I was a MetroPCS customer and you wouldn't believe the mountain of
grief they caused me. Story at http//SwensonStudio.com/metropcs.htm
While I believe that this merger is good for the consumer in general,
it's bad for the metroPCS subscribers. I'm glad that I bailed. If it
was bad to be a Metro customer before, it's horrible now. Customers
will be jumping ship by the boat load. Exactly, what T-mobile wants!
After all they are buying the company for it band spectrum, not the
customer base. The best case would be to take their Metro phones, get
them unlocked and subscribe to goSmart Phone. I think that's the basic
game plan. A plan that's $5 cheaper, without the narrow channels that
Metro uses means a much faster 4g, and way better coverage and much
better customer support. Not too bad unless you have a phone that
can't be unlocked or you can't unlock the one you have.

Then you'll have to queue up for your GSM/HSPA handsets and throw
your old CDMA phones away. Remember the 'service and plan subject to
change' fine print. Well, it's about to kick-in. If any of you think
that T-mobile is going to slow it's race to compete with Verizon and
AT&T, I have a bridge for sale. With their 40mhz pipe, double that of
Verizon and AT&T, they have much, much more data capacity, which is
where the action is. So, They have Verizon and AT&T in their sights.
Do they have the capital and expertise to pull it off? I don't know,
but it'll be fun to watch. That means the quickest possible phase out
of Metro's CDMA net and the assimilation of it's towers, and more
importantly band spectrum, into the T-mobile net is probably their
highest priority. It would be mine.

The only question that remains is how many 100's of millions of dollars
will the top executives at Metro get as a parting gift for selling their
company. If you think Metro's customer service was bad before. You
haven't seen anything yet.
Exactly as I predicated.

http://news.yahoo.com/t-mobile-ahead...020016886.html
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Old Jun 23, 2013, 06:48 AM   #18
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The iPhone isnít perpetually the savior carriers hope it'll be, however T-Mobile actually wants one thing to assist reverse its current course. because the carrier awaits the arrival of Apple (AAPL) devices and also the impending MetroPCS merger, customers still jump ship and performance it taking a heavy hit as a result.Damn what quantity longer will Tmobile continue on this path
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Old Sep 22, 2013, 10:56 AM   #19
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Exactly!

I was a MetroPCS customer and you wouldn't believe the mountain of
grief they caused me. Story at http//SwensonStudio.com/metropcs.htm
While I believe that this merger is good for the consumer in general,
it's bad for the metroPCS subscribers.

The best case would be to take their Metro phones, get
them unlocked and subscribe to goSmart Phone. I think that's the basic
game plan. A plan that's $5 cheaper
I didn't read your long rant against MetroPCS but if you're unhappy with them, why is it BAD that they are merging with T-Mobile? Are you implying that T-Mobile customer service is worse?

I have T-Mobile currently and plan on switching to MetroPCS because it will be the same service I currently have for $10/month cheaper or $120 / year. The Go Smart prepaid you recommend for $35 / month is 2G data speed only and does NOT include taxes, so it will be both slower and more expensive than MetroPCS at $40 tax included. Also you should know that both services are on T-Mobile's network so you're really getting the same service, except with the cripped Go Smart data.
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