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Metro PCS uses Verizon's network?

Discussion in 'Metro PCS' started by Rominucka, May 15, 2011.

  1. Rominucka

    Rominucka Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Apr 29, 2011
    It's hard to explain
    Delray Beach, FL
    Where does Metro end and Verizon begin and vise versa?
    A Verizon sales rep told me that Metro uses Verizon's towers but when the network becomes congested Metro customers are the first to get booted to make room for Verizon customers. So I googled it and everyone said that Metro doesn't use Verizon, so I figured the kid was full of shiz.

    Then last week, while in Los Angeles, I was getting bad service for the first time. I started roaming and while attempting to make a call I got a "your verizon wireless number is not available, please try again" message (or something like, i can't exactally remember word for word)

    And now, while flipping through some of the scripts and txt files in the root dir I came accross a file that had a user name: "...@vzwtest.com and password: vzwtest.
    vzwtest.com lead me to a Verizon online text messaging webpage. Sorry I dont remember what file it was.

    But what's the deal? What part of Metro's service is Verizon? Is it the LTE or is it everything?


  2. Questkev

    Questkev Active Member

    Mar 24, 2011
    Metro has thier own network. They only time you will be on verizons network, is when you are in the travel talk areas. MetroPCS' main raoming partner is Sprint.
  3. AndroidxGuy

    AndroidxGuy Well-Known Member

    May 24, 2011

    Cant be Sprint cause I was out on extended home area a while ago and I had good signal while my 2 buddies who both have Sprint and own different phones had absoluty no bars and couldn't find roaming service.
  4. there's more than sprint available... cricket, us cellular, etc... verizon is the only one you might actually pay on. verizon you can text for free, but talk is .19/minute or a bundle of minutes for 5/month for 30 minutes. check coverage at metropcs.com/coverage
  5. insertusername

    insertusername Well-Known Member

    Jul 4, 2011
    United States
    Metro PCS does connect on VZW towers.
    My school doesn't have coverage for Metro so whenever my friend places his calls, it says "Welcome to Verizon"
  6. chknhwk

    chknhwk Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2011
    So what does that mean when you get the message "Welcome to Verizon, we are unable to complete your call at this time"? My wife is out traveling right now and can't make a phone call, what should I tell her??
  7. samthegam

    samthegam Well-Known Member

    Jun 14, 2011
    You need to make sure that your Metro Connect account has money in it to be able to place & receive calls while in TravelTalk.
  8. phonedamsel

    phonedamsel New Member

    Apr 17, 2012

    Her phone network setting may be on Automatic instead of MetroPCS.
  9. ChazzMatt

    ChazzMatt Well-Known Member

    Nov 29, 2010
    metro Atlanta area
    Metro has it's own towers in 14 "home" markets.

    Metro has a "nationwide" roaming agreement with Sprint, which is "free" as part of your monthly fee. This is the "extended home areas" on the map coverage. But Sprint doesn't actually cover the entire nation and has bare spots even this areas it does cover. :rolleyes:

    To fill the gaps, Metro has a secondary roaming agreement with Verizon, but it costs extra money to roam on Verizon. This roaming is called "Travel Talk" and costs 19 cents per minute. If you wish to use it you need extra money in your side account, called "MetroConnect" account. (This is not your main bill. This is a separate account for ring tones or TravelTalk.) But since Metro is PRE-PAID, you have to put money in the account ahead of time. Therefore, no "roaming" charges surprises! You can only use what you've already paid for.

    I keep about $10 in my MetroConnect piggybank so if I need Verizon roaming (TravelTalk), I will have the money for it. If I receive a call in one of those areas, when I answer I get an automated verbal notification that I am using TravelTalk.

    tedr108 likes this.

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