iPhone on MetroPCS Not Imminent After T-Mobile Merger

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.
    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.

    Article Link: iPhone on MetroPCS Not Imminent After T-Mobile Merger
  2. ct2k7 macrumors 603

    Aug 29, 2008
    City of London
  3. shindelins macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2006
    Colorado - Texas Native
  4. bozzykid macrumors 68020

    Aug 11, 2009
    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.
  5. Tiger8 macrumors 68020

    May 23, 2011
    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.
  6. dampfnudel macrumors 68020

    Aug 14, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY
    I think the MetroPCS branding will be eliminated so no MetroPCS iPhone.
  7. Tiger8 macrumors 68020

    May 23, 2011
    From the article:
    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
  8. dampfnudel macrumors 68020

    Aug 14, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY
    I think eventually it will only be T-Mo (if T-Mo remains in the US market years from now).
  9. chrisd1974 macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2009
    London, UK
    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.
  10. mrmaserati macrumors newbie

    May 1, 2013

    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.
  11. pukifloyd macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2008
    May just started guys. :rolleyes:
  12. SockRolid macrumors 68000


    Jan 5, 2010
    Almost Rock Solid
    To AllThingsD: "It's not imminent; I think that's safe to say."

    To Apple: "Please baby! Please baby! Please baby baby baby please!"
  13. neech7 macrumors member

    May 31, 2011
    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.
  14. winston1236 macrumors 68000

    Dec 13, 2010
    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.
  15. jianghb macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2013
  16. songgsan macrumors newbie

    May 8, 2013
  17. mrmaserati macrumors newbie

    May 1, 2013
    MetroPCS T-mobile merger

    Exactly as I predicated.

  18. Jane Colbert macrumors newbie

    Jane Colbert

    Jun 16, 2013
    The iPhone isn’t 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
  19. spicynujac macrumors regular

    May 24, 2012
    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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