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General T-Mobile Will Buy Over $3 Billion In 700MHz Spectrum From Verizon For LTE Expansions

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    I don't believe it's certified by the FCC, but that doesn't mean the hardware doesn't support it. Its possible all it needs is re-certification and an OTA update.

    The LG rep I spoke with before release told me it was designed for all carriers in mind, which leads me to believe it could be supported on the hardware side.
     
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    This is what I'm hoping. Just because it isn't listed in specs, doesn't mean it's not capable with a software update, at least in tech spec listings usually available to consumers. The lower frequency would give it better distance to/from towers (I understand that much at least!) which is why VZ has better coverage in many areas.
     
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    One more thing to consider...
    Lower frequency= better building penetration, which is huge since most of T-mobiles markets are urban
     
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    Definitely... VZ is the only carrier that can get LTE into our building at work! Even though there's a T-Mobile tower half the distance away, compared to the nearest VZ tower.

    Of course, I use my work phone (iPhone 5 on VZ, gets 2 bars of LTE at work) as a hotspot for my personal phone (no wireless network allowed) so it's not too big of a deal :D:smokingsomb:
     
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    While expansion of their network is always good news, I'm very concerned about the rumors in the blogosphere about Sprint buying them. Nothing would make me happier than to see T-Mobile remain independent as our fourth carrier.
     
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    This concerns me as well however I feel like the FTC won't let it happen. Also I still don't understand why a CDMA carrier would try to swallow up a GSM one.. the amount of work to migrate away seems like it would be immense but I'm not by any means an expert on that stuff.
     
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    We've got an ongoing discussion of the possible buyout over in the sprint forums. (And keep in mind they don't have to merge the companies after ownership.)

    http://androidforums.com/showthread.php?p=6328595

    Let's keep this one to the spectrum purchase from Verizon :)
     
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