The LG G2 bound for Sprint will have some extra hardware that will tap into Sprint’s unique LTE configuration. This could be the phone that lets Sprint use its networks to the absolute fullest.
The iPhone has long eluded MetroPCS due to the funky configuration of its networks. But now that T-Mobile is aggressively integrating MetroPCS into it operations, we could see a Metro iPhone sooner rather than later.
MetroPCS has started selling the Samsung Galaxy S 4 in eight markets, but it’s not a CDMA device. It works on T-Mobile’s networks — a sure sign that T-Mobile is accelerating plans to fully absorb Metro’s operations.
T-Mobile and MetroPCS officially combined to create T-Mobile US on May 1, but in 61 days the new company has been relatively quiet. A lot has been going on behind the scenes, though.
The south gets special attention in this round as New Orleans, Miami and Tampa all join Sprint’s LTE footprint. This expansion is the first phase of a big 120-city rollout this summer.
Exclusive to GigaOM: Over the next 12 months, T-Mobile USA will bolt thousands of new LTE antennas to its cell towers, utilizing a technique called 4X2 MIMO. It’s not LTE-Advanced, but it will create a faster and more resilient network.
MetroPCS will start selling smartphones and SIM cards that connect to T-Mobile’s GSM and HSPA networks starting June 12, according to a PhoneArena report. T-Mobile is wasting no time converting Metro’s CDMA customer base.
The shareholder vote was the last step in a long chain of approvals necessary to cement the deal. On May 1 — just seven months after the companies announced their intentions — T-Mobile and MetroPCS will officially combine.
According to TMoNews, at the end of the week Apple will ship the over-the-air update necessary to make the current generation iPhone 5 work on T-Mobile’s new 4G network.
There’s a lot of confusing noise out there about whether you can bring an unlocked iPhone 5 over to T-Mo’s network and get it to work properly. Here’s the low-down on what the GSM iPhone 5 can and can’t do.