Engadget thinks the MetroPCS S4 will be a CDMA/LTE phone running on MetroPCS' legacy network. I sure hope they are wrong. MetroPCS overlord T-Mobile plans to shut down the old MetroPCS network in mid-2015. Announcing what's rumored to be a $549 phone that will be largely unusable in two years would be a huge mistake. I'm pretty sure the Metro S4 will be a rebranded T-Mobile GSM/LTE S4 that will work for many years to come.
It's probably significant that MetroPCS says they are announcing rather than releasing the phone next week. The actual release could be weeks away. I wouldn't be surprised if the S4 launch coincides with MetroPCS announcing that GSM phones and SIMs, which are currently only sold in four markets, will be available nationwide.
- MetroPCS CDMA Clearance: $25 Android and $99 LTE Phones
- MetroPCS GSM BYOP Launched in Boston, Dallas, Hartford and Las Vegas
- MetroPCS to Begin Selling GSM phones and BYOP SIMS June 12
- MetroPCS, T-Mobile Merger Finalized - What it Means for MetroPCS Customers
- T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS to Merge