Last week, some rumors had started circulating that MetroPCS might be looking to find itself a buyer, and Sprint, T-Mobile, and even Dish Network might be some of the companies it had been in discussion with. In the comments, many of you seemed hopeful that T-Mobile might be able to improve its position among the big carriers in the States by scooping-up the carrier’s assets. We’ve got good news for you then, as T-Mobile just announced that both companies’ boards have approved the deal.

Between the two of them, the two carriers have around 42.5 million subscribers. As T-Mobile starts getting serious about LTE, the experience MetroPCS has had deploying its own network should come it quite handy.

But what of CDMA? MetroPCS hasn’t been running its 2G/3G network on a system compatible with T-Mobile’s. The future is LTE, and the plan is to get existing MetroPCS subscribers on a shared LTE-based network as they upgrade their phones in the years to come.

Of course, the government will still have to approve the deal, but this sounds a lot less objectionable than the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger.

Source: T-Mobile
Via: BGR

Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen’s first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he’s convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he’s not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits

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