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Official MetroPCS BYOD discussion thread

This is the new BYOD thread to discuss only BYOD. If its about Metro branded GSM devices or part of the network not pertaining to BYOD please post in that thread.



#1 Gman9831, Jul 9, 2013
To get a fully compatible BYOD these are the bands it should have.
LTE - 1700/2100 (AWS)

HSPA+ | 1700/2100 (AWS), in some areas where they have refarmed the network 1900MHz (PCS) will be compatible. See below for list of refarmed areas.

GSM | 1900MHz (PCS)

List of refarmed areas as of 3/15:
Ann Arbor, MI
Atlanta, GA
Austin, TX
Baltimore, MD.
Boston, Mass.
Cambridge, Mass.
Chicago, IL
Dallas, TX
Denver, CO
Detroit, MI
Ft Lauderdale, FL
Ft Worth, TX
Fresno, CA
Houston, TX
Kansas City, Kan./Mo.
Las Vegas, NV
Los Angeles, CA
Miami, FL
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.
Modesto, CA
Napa, CA
New York, NY
Newark, NJ
Oakland, CA
Orlando, FL
Philadelphia, Penn.
Phoenix, AZ
Providence, RI
Reno, NV
Richmond, VA
Sacramento, CA
Salinas, CA
San Antonio, TX
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
San Jose, CA
Santa Ana, CA
Santa Cruz, CA
Santa Rosa, CS
Seattle, Wash.
Springfield, Mass.
St. Cloud, Minn.
Stockton, CA
Tampa, FL
Tucson, AZ
Vallejo, CA
Virginia Beach, VA
Warren, Mich.
Washington, D.C.

Can also use http://www.airportal.de/

Even the ones on the metro website aren't fully compatible, if unsure post here and we'll all be happy to help
#2 Gman9831, Jul 9, 2013
I have an AT&T Samsung Galaxy S4 waiting to bring over to Metro PCS once I can do the BYOP. Will the phone's connectivity be just as good as the T-Mobile/Metro PCS version? Specs - AT&T Cell Phones SGH-I337 | Samsung Cell Phones
#3 bigmets31, Jul 9, 2013
You would be able to get LTE and HSPA. HSPA would only be in refarmed areas though. Only difference is metro version gets HSPA everywhere available
#4 Gman9831, Jul 9, 2013
Sooo hspa+ will eork in miami,fl ? Or just the lte ?
#5 Zolo185, Jul 9, 2013
Nexus 4 master race for me soon when BYOD hits Sac. :D
#6 Slickinator, Jul 9, 2013
As soon as they expand the metro BYOD to Miami You will be able to get HSPA+ and LTE, through tmo towers and network.
#7 new optimus, Jul 9, 2013
Full access to tmo native network
#8 Gman9831, Jul 9, 2013
Sometime this week I am going to take my unlocked samsung galaxy s2 skyrocket 4g to a mom and pop metro store in many area. (Atlanta Market). I was wondering weekday do you pay up front. Iknow $10 for the SIM. $15 for activation fee. And I heard something about having to pay for your first month of service. But does paying the first month's service apply to current metropcd customer or my customers?
#9 BigKeenan, Jul 9, 2013
Metros prepaid so you pay in advance
#10 Gman9831, Jul 9, 2013
So I would have to pay $25 plus whatever plan I get first month's bill. Iam a current customer.
#11 BigKeenan, Jul 10, 2013
Oh then no you don't have to pay the whole months bill but if you go from like a $55 plan to $60 you'll have to pay $5
#12 Gman9831, Jul 10, 2013
Do corporate stores charge the $15 dollar activation fee?
#13 BigKeenan, Jul 10, 2013
These are the galaxy i727 stats. Which networks would I actually have access to. LTE? EDGE? HSPA+?
#14 BigKeenan, Jul 10, 2013
Should get LTE and you would have access to HSPA+ in refarmed areas
#15 Gman9831, Jul 10, 2013
That phone has LTE in the AWS band 4 but it does not have HSPA + in band 4.
It looks like Atlanta Ga is in the refarmed market though so you should get HSPA on 1900.
It may not depending on your exact location though.

So you may be on edge at times.
#16 new optimus, Jul 10, 2013
I didn't think they charged the activation fee for BYOD but i'll go double check
#17 Gman9831, Jul 10, 2013

SO NO LTE:thinking:
#18 BigKeenan, Jul 10, 2013
With the specs you posted if LTE is available you would get LTE
#19 Gman9831, Jul 10, 2013
yes that phone would pick up LTE as long as its in your market.

It just would not have tmo's hspa aws. it does have LTE AWS.
#20 new optimus, Jul 10, 2013
So what specifics do we know to be factual? Moving sim from phone to phone, which lte is used, etc....

I know this stuff was discussed but it's buried in the other thread. Maybe have a fact section in the OP for the stuff mpcs doesn't tell you and people always ask about.

Keep up the good work G. You've offered a lot of knowledge for everyone. ;)
#21 Fuzzy13, Jul 10, 2013
When that happens,


Now the question is how longer do we in the south have to wait?
#22 $ilver$urfer, Jul 10, 2013
Hopefully not much longer
#23 new optimus, Jul 10, 2013
At first I thought it was my rom, but I went on facebook and everyone I know who has Metro didn't have service either. I'm in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

*This is on my spirit
#24 SpartanJ59, Jul 10, 2013
Funny... last night I didn't completely lose service, but it dropped from full service of 3G to 2 bars of 1x. Thought it was just because of my house. Maybe it's the HSPA+ switch?
#25 ferretflip, Jul 10, 2013
I was wondering if the Nexus 5x would work with MetroPCS's BYOD. I know it's not a compatible phone on the website, but I saw on some forums the Nexus 5 works even though it's not compatible, but I wasn't sure if I could use the 5x with their BYOD plan.
#1284 Barnitzn, Dec 26, 2015