Report: T-Mobile in Talks to Merge With MetroPCS

Reports out of both Bloomberg and Reuters this morning, speak of talks between Deutsche Telekom and MetroPCS, in hopes of merging T-Mobile with the smaller U.S. carrier. One source went as far as saying the “deal is close” while others were quick to point out that it’s “not certain” just yet.

If this deal were to go down, you can imagine that it would immediately help boost T-Mobile who has been losing customers in droves after their attempted merger with AT&T was denied. There subscriber count would jump to over 40 million, they would likely gain similar spectrum to what they already own, and potentially, the strength to finally build out an LTE network.

Nothing is official or final at this point, but the talks seem to be serious.

Via:  Bloomberg | Reuters

MetroPCS Launches World’s First VoLTE Network and Smartphone, Take That Big Four!

The world’s first “commercially available” Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) network launched today, but it wasn’t from a carrier that you would have expected to be first. MetroPCS takes the cake this time around, something they should actually be proud of.

VoLTE is a data service that will transform the industry once it is widely adopted. Current carrier networks that have 4G LTE capabilities still rely on CDMA or GSM to handle their voice calls and texting, but with VoLTE, data takes care of it all. Call quality and stability should be greatly improved once you have the entire process handled by data. We would assume that battery life on devices will also become much more efficient with there being no need to power a second 3G or 2G radio, however, devices of that nature may still be a ways out.

Along with this announcement of the first VoLTE network, MetroPCS is also announcing the first phone to take advantage of it, the LG Connect 4G.

Fun news, right?

Once Verizon covers the country in 4G LTE over the next year, you can imagine that they will start to ready VoLTE service of their own. They have reportedly begun testing in a couple of markets and have said that they could start rolling it out in 2013 to the public. By the end of 2013, they may even offer VoLTE-only devices. (more…)

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