It looks like the first phase of Metro's CDMA to GSM migration is about to begin. PhoneArena has obtained leaked internal documents that indicate MetroPCS stores will begin selling GSM based phones and Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP) SIMs on June 12.
The first two Metro GSM phones are both models currently sold by T-Mobile, the well regarded LG Optimus L9 and the confusing named new Samsung Galaxy Exhibit. This Exhibit (model SGH-T599) is a different phone than either the 2011 Samsung Exhibit 4G (SGH-T759) or last year's Samsung Galaxy Exhibit 4G (SGH-T679). According to PhoneArena, the newest Exhibit is sold as the Galaxy S III Mini in other markets. It features a dual core 1 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, 12 GB of available internal storage, 5MP main and .9 MP front-facing cameras and a 4 inch 480x800px screen. The leak doesn't mention phone prices but I expect the L9 to be about $200 and the Exhibit around $180 on Metro.
The documents say MetroPCS GSM SIMs will work with "compatible" unlocked GSM phones including iPhones, Android phones, Windows Phones and "certain" feature phones. I suspect that with correct APN settings the SIM will work in almost any unlocked or T-Mobile locked GSM phone. PhoneArena says BlackBerrys won't be "accepted" which likely just means no BIS support. There's no mention of whether LTE will be supported with the MetroPCS SIM.
Source, image: PhoneArena
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