The merger recently won approval from U.S. and European regulators, among the final steps in a process that is likely to be completed by mid-April when MetroPCS shareholders meet to vote on the deal. The result will be a new, publicly-traded company with Germany's Deutsche Telekom owning nearly 75%. Shares of MetroPCS slipped 0.5% to $10.55 in early trading. As for the switch from their current 4G technology to LTE, the merged company will gain new spectrum allowing it to reconfigure portions of T-Mobile and MetroPCS' current frequency bands to handle more advanced technologies. The first two cities to get super-high-speed LTE data capabilities are expected to be Kansas City and Las Vegas. T-Mobile has also been testing LTE here in New York with positive results being reported. The Blackberry ( BBRY) Z10 and Samsung's Galaxy Nexus II phablet (part phone, part tablet which runs on Google's ( GOOG) Android OS) are expected to be the first two LTE-capable handsets announced.
As for new service pricing plans, according to a page which just appeared on T-Mobile's Website it looks like customers with individual and family plans will be able to choose from these new offerings. All are expected to offer unlimited talk, text and Web access plus at least 500 MB of high-speed data at $50 per month. Larger "buckets" of high-speed data will be available in 2 GB increments as well as a totally unlimited everything plan are available at extra cost, accordeing to T-Mobile. Family plans of multi-handsets will be discounted.
We'll be in attendance at tomorrow's T-Mobile event and will let you know exactly what they have to say about the new company's next steps. --Written by Gary Krakow in New York. >To submit a news tip, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.