Friday, June 26, 2015

MetroPCS Shuts Down Its Legacy CDMA Network

MetroPCS shutdown its legacy CDMA network as of June 21. MetroPCS parent T-Mobile says about 190,000 customers were still using CDMA handsets in the three markets that offer CDMA coverage, down from 300,000 about a month ago. 

T-Mobile has been transitioning CDMA customers to its GSM based network aggressively for more than a year. "Any MetroPCS customer using a CDMA handset in a migration market was eligible for our HSPA/LTE device Upgrade Program," said T-Mobile. "In order to take advantage of the new network, all customers need to do is bring their active phone to a participating MetroPCS store, choose a new phone, apply their trade-in credit toward that phone, and start using the new network right away." 

Some MetroPCS customers will quality for upgrade credits between $32 and $299 depending on their existing CDMA handset. Customers who didn't pick up a new phone before June 21 will lose service entirely when MetroPCS shuts down the CDMA network. T-Mobile plans to re-use the CDMA spectrum to supplement its LTE 4G network.
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