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NewsPoster Jun 4, 2013 10:51 AM
MetroPCS to use T-Mobile network later this month, opens BYOP scheme
MetroPCS will soon start to allow customers to use the T-Mobile GSM network instead of the existing CDMA one, according to leaked internal documents. The carrier will be adding two new GSM devices to its catalog in the near future, following its <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/286944==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/05/01/final.merger.confirmed.one.week.after.metropcs.sha reholder.vote/" rel='nofollow'>successful merger</a> with T-Mobile, and will start offering a Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP) service for GSM devices. <br />
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Training images received <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/286949==http://www.phonearena.com/news/MetroPCS-adds-a-pair-of-phones-to-its-roster-BYOP-to-start-June-12th_id43646" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">by</a> <em>Phone Arena</em> shows the BYOP service as working with unlocked GSM <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/286950==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/05/01/ceo.says.metro.iphone.not.imminent.but.is.discussi ng.options/" rel='nofollow'>iPhones</a>, Android devices, Windows Phones and "certain feature phones," but not Blackberry devices. An accompanying <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/286945==http://www.metropcs.com/keepyourphone" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">URL</a>, while not currently functioning until June 12th, will apparently help prospective customers work out if their device will work. <br />
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Cheat sheets for the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit and <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/286946==http://www.electronista.com/articles/12/10/10/lightweight.midrange.android.phone/" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">LG Optimus L9</a> were also supplied. The Galaxy Exhibit is said to be a rebranded <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/286947==http://www.electronista.com/articles/12/10/11/reduced.size.lower.specifications.compared.to.orig inal.galaxy.s.iii/" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">Galaxy S III Mini</a> and launched on T-Mobile last month, while the Optimus L9 was added to T-Mobile's roster late <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/286948==http://www.electronista.com/articles/12/10/08/optimus.l9.features.45.inch.screen.4g.connectivity/" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">last year</a>.
 
Inkling Jun 4, 2013 12:05 PM
I brought my own phone to T-Mobile years ago, but I'm about to take that unlocked iPhone back to AT&T from whence it came.

Why? Because in the last two months my coverage has fallen apart. I've got pictures to show just how bad it is. The first shows four bars. The second, taken with that iPhone sitting in the same spot three minutes later shows no service. Good service, no service, all without my iPhone moving an inch.

T-Mobile customer service confirms that there's no problem with my account. What they seem unable to do, in the metro-area that's home to the company, is tell me why my service comes and goes so badly. My hunch is that they've removed a nearby cell, since it's no longer on their map, and are attempting to cover me from a Queen Anne hilltop several miles away. It's obviously not working.
 
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