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  • T-Mobile, MetroPCS Merger is a Done Deal


    On Wednesday, the merger of T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS was made official.

    T-Mobile says that uniting the two wireless innovators was made possible by the fact that both parties share one common vision: "To bring wireless consumers exciting new choices while delivering an exceptional experience."

    The combined company, T-Mobile US, Inc., started trading on the New York Stock Exchange today under the ticker “TMUS.”

    T-Mobile US now has approximately 43 million subscribers across the United States, which means that the company will still remain in fourth place among the nation's largest cellphone carriers. Additionally, the iPhone will now be available to roughly ten million new customers.

    “The combination of T-Mobile and MetroPCS creates an even stronger disruptive force in the U.S. wireless market,” explains John Legere, President & Chief Executive Officer of T-Mobile US, Inc. “Together, as America’s Un-carrier, we’ll continue our legacy of marketplace innovation by tearing up the old playbook and rewriting the rules of wireless to benefit consumers.”

    To read the full announcement from this morning, click here.

    Source: T-Mobile US
    This article was originally published in forum thread: T-Mobile, MetroPCS Merger is a Done Deal started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 12 Comments
    1. JazJon's Avatar
      JazJon -
      iPhone's for everyone once GhetroPCS customers fully merge. Maybe that rumored budget iPhone this year is the perfect timing after all.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      T-Mobile = GSM
      MetroPCS = CDMA
      TMUS = GSM + CDMA
      The only network that utilize both technology, able to charge lots of roaming charges... Especially international roaming charges making the big bucks.
      Able to fully use Apple's CDMA phones with GSM card, finally giving CDMA people that must have CDMA ability to talk and search at same time.
    1. alanjf's Avatar
      alanjf -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      T-Mobile = GSM
      MetroPCS = CDMA
      TMUS = GSM + CDMA
      The only network that utilize both technology, able to charge lots of roaming charges... Especially international roaming charges making the big bucks.
      Able to fully use Apple's CDMA phones with GSM card, finally giving CDMA people that must have CDMA ability to talk and search at same time.
      Yeah I was just wondering that it seemed odd that a GSM carrier (T-Mobile) and a CDMA carrier (MetroPCS) would merge, but in hind-sight this could be interesting. I just hope the GSM side remains alive and well into the future.

      Edit: According to this article that I found, MetroPCS' CDMA network will possibly be shutdown by 2015 to be used for augmenting LTE spectrum.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Looks like the Carrier wars are going to be heating up. I have yet to see any deals tho..we shall see.
    1. trek-life's Avatar
      trek-life -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      Looks like the Carrier wars are going to be heating up. I have yet to see any deals tho..we shall see.
      Yep, though I think that AT&T & Verizon are going to wait and see how much these mergers and buyouts effect their bottom line. They are still the kings on the hill right now.
    1. camxposure's Avatar
      camxposure -
      no one on Sprint pays their bills- reason for all the bad ESN on ebay - same as Verizon, though they happen to be the largest carrier next to AT&T- who thrives on the Talk & Surf, which largely is a fluke because it's not an acquired feature for most- next to app chatting and messaging... NOW, one Tmobile won't subsidize the iPhones- meaning you'll have to fork out a small fortune to get one (limiting the market to higher income, or frivolous spenders or they acquire from the unlocked iPhone scene) Now add in the pimp bosses MetroPCS customer base and drug dealers and you pull in the lower forms of the sesspool - - PERFECT MERGE!!!
      THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE
    1. andygev35's Avatar
      andygev35 -
      Quote Originally Posted by camxposure View Post
      Tmobile won't subsidize the iPhones- meaning you'll have to fork out a small fortune to get one
      While that's technically true, you're only required to pay $99 up front, then they tack on $20 to your bill for 20 months... Kinda smells like being under contract for 20 months with a subsidized phone.
    1. mr_maserati's Avatar
      mr_maserati -
      Quote Originally Posted by alanjf View Post
      Yeah I was just wondering that it seemed odd that a GSM carrier (T-Mobile) and a CDMA carrier (MetroPCS) would merge, but in hind-sight this could be interesting. I just hope the GSM side remains alive and well into the future.

      Edit: According to this article that I found, MetroPCS' CDMA network will possibly be shutdown by 2015 to be used for augmenting LTE spectrum.
      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.
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by andygev35 View Post
      While that's technically true, you're only required to pay $99 up front, then they tack on $20 to your bill for 20 months... Kinda smells like being under contract for 20 months with a subsidized phone.
      24 months (not 20 months).
    1. szr's Avatar
      szr -
      Quote Originally Posted by andygev35 View Post
      While that's technically true, you're only required to pay $99 up front, then they tack on $20 to your bill for 20 months... Kinda smells like being under contract for 20 months with a subsidized phone.
      Except that you're actually free to change carriers, as long as you keep making the monthly payments to T-Mobile for the device. And it's indeed 24 months, not 20, as someone else already noted.
    1. Hillefied's Avatar
      Hillefied -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      T-Mobile = GSM
      MetroPCS = CDMA
      TMUS = GSM + CDMA
      The only network that utilize both technology, able to charge lots of roaming charges... Especially international roaming charges making the big bucks.
      Able to fully use Apple's CDMA phones with GSM card, finally giving CDMA people that must have CDMA ability to talk and search at same time.
      GSM is a dated cellular platform. While CDMA is also just as dated, it has the highest probability for being updated or at the very least, being compatible with newer technologies. T-Mobile may very well recycle GSM for their CDMA.

      And consequently, GSM is the reason why Sprint is lagging behind the major leaguers.
    1. Hillefied's Avatar
      Hillefied -
      Quote Originally Posted by mr_maserati View Post
      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.
      The executives still work for MetroPCS under T-Mobile as the flagship provider. I don't believe any executive would be stupid enough to part ways from a billion dollar company like T-Mobile. It was a merger, not a hostile takeover.