T-Mobile 'Very Interested' in Adding iPhone to MetroPCS Prepaid Brand

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    In the wake of its acquisition of prepaid carrier MetroPCS last year, T-Mobile US indicated that adding the iPhone to MetroPCS's lineup was "a possibility" but not an imminent move. A year later, things are looking a bit more positive for MetroPCS customers, with T-Mobile's Mike Sievert telling Re/code the carrier is "very interested" in bringing the iPhone to MetroPCS.

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    MetroPCS had approximately nine million customers at the time of its acquisition by T-Mobile, and the carrier now operates as a separate brand running on T-Mobile's network in an expanded set of markets. T-Mobile has also reclaimed substantial portions of MetroPCS's former spectrum for use in enhancing the overall T-Mobile network.

    Article Link: T-Mobile 'Very Interested' in Adding iPhone to MetroPCS Prepaid Brand
     
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    So thankful for this article. Every single person needs to read this. Glad MR posted it.
     
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    So, I could be wrong.....But I think I detect a hint of sarcasm here ;)
     
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    Fixed it for you.
     
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    Just a little ;)
     
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    My mother has been using her iPhone 5c on MetroPCS for a while now. How exactly is this in any way "news"?
     
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    She did this herself?
     
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    I have a unlocked iPhone 5. I wonder how is the LTE and personal hotspot on MetroPCS. if it a good id finally jump off verizon. unlimited data was the only thing keeping me there. I've been off contract
     
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    I second that. I used to work with MetroPCS and they've been using iphones on their network since T-Mobile and MetroPCS merged.

    They're able to use any gsm unlocked phones now. MetroPCS's network is suppose to all tránsito on to gsm slow la as more and more T-Mobile phones replace the existing Metro phone line up.
     
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    Yup, she bought the phone, took it to one of their stores, and they set it up for her.

    I helped her out with some of the basics (it was her first smartphone) but she picked it up quick.

    She's been extremely happy with her iPhone to the point that she actually said "Now I understand why people obsess over their phones so much."
     
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    It's news because MetroPCS is looking to see if they hit a price point for the iPhone that a significant percentage of their customers can afford. MetroPCS' target audience is the lower end of the market - people who can't afford, or have the credit to get, a phone from the Big 3.

    MetroPCS offers inexpensive no contract plans. They offer $40 - $60 unlimited talk/text/(capped speed) data; $25 unlimited Talk/Text with $5 to add Mexico. That is a pretty cheap prepaid price point; especially since they have some cheap or free phones depending on which plan you chose. Their coverage is limited and I do not recall if they allow roaming for data. Then again, their target market isn't likely to travel much beyond their local area so that is not much of an issue. Limited coverage also means all those higher revenue customers won't bail for MetroPCS even if it costs less.

    Sure, you can use an iPhone on MetroPCS that is compatible with their network but they don't sell the iPhone.
     
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    I cheer for anythin TMob is doing right now. They are pushing the industry in a direction that favors the consumer and I like that. I dont live in an area that is covered by Metro so this does not impact me. And yet here I am cheering. Go TMob...
     
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    I was thinking the same lol :rolleyes:
     
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    Now if MetroPCS just didn't have such poor service.
     
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    Any new phone bought from MetroPCS is operating on T-Mobile's network. T-Mobile is reclaiming the spectrum from the old MetroPCS network as they get these prepaid users off the old CDMA network.
     
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    Not officially. Makes for interesting conversations according to the BF. They get a lot of folks coming in claiming their iPhone is defective cause calls drop, they can't use visual voicemail etc. Person is using an unofficial carrier which means it could be 100% a carrier issue.
     

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