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June 17, 2013

Mobile Users Can 'Bring Their Own Phone' to MetroPCS

MetroPCS users will now be able to bring their own phone to the budget carrier. Michelle Maisto of eWeek called the FAQ section of MetroPCS’s website “refreshingly blunt,” citing its comment that MetroPCS may not have the phone that a given person wants, so the Bring Your Own Phone policy allows potential MetroPCS customers to have the phone that they want at a price they can afford. If their prices and new policy fail to woo potential new customers, jaded mobile users done wrong may just be persuaded by the company’s honesty.

The “Bring Your Own Phone” news comes on the heels of the news six weeks ago that the No. 4 mobile carrier in the United States, T-Mobile, bought out one of its chief competitors, Dallas-based MetroPCS. Even with the newly acquired nine million customers that T-Mobile gains through MetroPCS, they will still remain the No. 4 carrier behind Verizon, AT&T and Sprint Nextel. At this time, there are only a limited number of metro areas that are able to take advantage of the “Bring Your Own Phone” deal—Las Vegas, Dallas, Boston and Hartford.

The carrier's official support is limited to Android, iPhone and Windows Phone devices, which means that not everyone can bring their own phone. This will sadden the very loyal and faithful Blackberry users, who have been having their own problems in the cell phone market. Not only have the Blackberry users been left behind, but there will be no service available for any type of tablet or mobile hot-spot device. The company also noted that they will not assume any liability for “the lack of effectiveness” for non-MetroPCS devices.

MetroPCS is currently using a CDMA-based network, whereas T-Mobile uses a GSM type of system. Currently, there are no plans to switch MetroPCS over to the GSM system that is being used by T-Mobile but, eventually, the switch will be made to T-Mobile’s super-fast LTE technology.

Edited by Alisen Downey

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