Yesterday, things looked all but certain for a merger to occur between T-Mobile and MetroPCS according to an announcement from Deutshe Telekom AG. One day later though the situation may have changed. Reports indicate Sprint may be in the process of preparing a rival proposal to acquire MetroPCS. Analysts believe Sprint and MetroPCS would be a good fit because their networks are compatible. Supposedly Sprint is crunching numbers and have their advisors reviewing a potential merger. Read more
It was confirmed yesterday that MetroPCS and T-Mobile were in talks of a merger, now the deal has been approved. MetroPCS and their 9.3 million subscribers will be under the T-Mobile umbrella, headed by T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere. T-Mobile and MetroPCS have fewer subscribers than Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint, but this deal will bring them to over 35 million customers. This isn’t the first time T-Mobile has tried a merger, but this deal seems more likely to go through, giving T-Mobile more subscribers and network coverage. Deutsche Telekom will have a large stake in the new company which may or may not diminish over time. Expect for this deal to be finalized early next year.
Source: The Verge
This was definitely news that I was surprised waking up to. It appears that T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS are in heavy talks in a merger where T-Mobile will absorb MetroPCS in hopes to compete against Sprint’s #3 spot among US providers. What’s even more surprising is that both T-Mobile and MetroPCS are confirming such talks! MetroPCS has released an official statement regarding the merger:
MetroPCS today confirmed that it is in discussions with Deutsche Telekom regarding an agreement to combine T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS. There can be no assurances that any transaction will result from these discussions, and the Company does not intend to comment further unless and until an agreement is reached.
It seems that talks are indeed going on, but no deal has yet been finalized. Sometimes it’s great when companies are straight forward right? Once this deal comes into fruition, we’ll be sure to let you all know!
Today MetroPCS announced that sometime in October they would be releasing the Samsung Galaxy S III to their customers. The MetroPCS version is very similar to Verizon’s version of the phone, packing a 1900MHz radio in addition to 4G LTE, 1.5GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, and 1.9MP front camera. For those of you who are looking for a good 4G device that doesn’t come with an expensive contract plan from Verizon or AT&T, this might be your best option.
If you’re feeling lucky, you can head on over to MetroPCS’s website to sign up to win a Galaxy S III.
Source: Unwired View Enter contest: MetroPCS
We have good news for those of you who subscribe to MetroPCS because the Samsung Galaxy S III is slated to arrive on the nation’s fifth largest carrier sometime this fall. This version of the Galaxy S III leaves nothing to be desired and will be equally as powerful as the multiple variants available today. The only difference being the “MetroPCS” logo on the back of the device. One last key point I should mention is the device will have a few MetroPCS apps loaded onto it, but nothing too intrusive. In terms of pricing, the carrier has not released any information but we believe it will be somewhere around $549
So how many of you are on MetroPCS? If you are, will you jump in and pay the full price to get your hands on it? Let us know!
What’s better than an unveiling of a new 4G smartphone? An unveiling of a new 4G smartphone plus an all new unlimited plan of course! MetroPCS has announced their brand new LG Motion 4G handset for $150. For this device you can expect a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 3.5 inch display, 5 megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and of course, a 4G LTE radio.
MetroPCS plans on releasing this device along side their new $55 unlimited everything plan which will only be available for a limited time, so take advantage of this while you can. The plan is fairly simple and straight forward, for $55 you will get unlimited text messages, unlimited voice calling and unlimited 4G data. If you’re currently on a family plan, you can simply add another $50 for each line if you choose to take advantage of this deal. Does this sound good to you thus far? It actually gets better as we’re told once you sign up for this plan, you’re essentially “grandfathered” into it for life (or however long you plan on staying with MetroPCS). This means that you’ll never have to worry about losing this valued plan as long as you stay with the company. Not bad, right?
The device and plan will be available online and in-stores later this week! You can read the full press release after the break.
You may or may have never heard of MetroPCS as they are not one of the big four carriers in the United States, however, being small they are still scrappy and improving their technology all the same. Just over a year ago the ambitious company announced they would eventually transition to a Voice over LTE capable network, and they made it happen, launching the world’s first Voice over LTE network. In addition, the carrier has officially launched their first VoLTE capable handset at one of their Dallas / Fort Worth store locations. The LG Connect 4G is powered by Android and is their first of many VoLTE handsets to launch and MetroPCS promises more rollouts and phone options “in the coming weeks.” This is the ‘way of the future’ and we are beginning to see more carriers make the transition to the VoLTE model as the 2G and 3G networks we have known and loved for so many years become obsolete. Hit the break for the official press release. Read more
If you’ve been asking for a Samsung Droid Charge, but for whatever reason don’t like Verizon, today is your day. MetroPCS has announced the renamed but otherwise unchanged Droid Charge as the Galaxy S Lightray 4G, and it’s available now. The phone features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen, an 8 MP camera, a 1ghz processor, and a free 16GB MicroSD card thrown in as well. Read more
We’ve seen some impressive hardware from Huawei in the past with the Ascend D Quad. Looks like the US is going to get a slightly less impressive handset with the just announced Activa 4G. Yes, the 4G refers to LTE, and the device is coming to MetroPCS. This will be Huawei’s first LTE phone in the US, and MetroPCS’s fifth.
For a limited time, it can be had for $149 off-contract after an instant discount and $50 mail-in rebate, though it will normally list for $249. Still, for buying it outright, it’s not a bad price.
But what do you get for that? Check out the specs and full press release after the break.
The great thing about today’s technology is the ability to choose from a variety of mobile carriers to best suit our needs. That means some of you can choose Verizon Wireless for example because of great nationwide coverage and the solid 4G LTE speeds. Others choose AT&T because of the ever-improving 4G LTE network or great selection of mobile devices. The rest choose networks like Sprint and T-Mobile because of their great all-everything value which is price-conscious for consumers. Keep in mind I didn’t mention regional carriers like U.S. Cellular or Cincinnati Bell, which also give great value for customers (albeit at the cost for great coverage in one region of a country, but lackluster coverage elsewhere).
While there’s a great abundance of mobile providers to suit our needs, there’s a growing sense of frustration and anger at the mobile carriers because of the idea that they are not focusing on great customer service, but rather focused on consolidating features— while increasing the overall costs for the consumers. Unfortunately, consumers in this day and age feel as if they are at the mercy of these providers, so they lock themselves into 2-year contracts and can potentially pay thousands of dollars for cellphone service. The effect you see from this is two fold: 1) By locking themselves into a commitment, customers are stuck with devices that often lose support from not only the cellphone carrier, but the manufacturer as well. 2) The average customer doesn’t come even close to using their max totals allowed in their cell plans (an example is using just 40 minutes out of 400 anytime minutes or 1GB of data out of 2GB in a billing month), so they waste precious dollars. It certainly isn’t far-fetched to believe consumers are being taken advantage of by the big companies, especially in these trying times of economic recession and recovery worldwide. Naturally, there are plenty of individuals who have had enough of contracts completely and not have not only gone the prepaid route, but are completely satisfied by the decision. For this reason, I believe it’s necessary for not just Android users— but any smartphone user to at least understand why prepaid mobile service may not be such a bad thing. Read more