Originally Posted by fatalfury
Since the moderator started the thread with his own knowledge and since it's ALSO been reported in the press, perhaps you should read it again and see exactly what you don't understand?
Let's see if you have enough comprehension to answer a few questions. Are you in a "legacy market"? ( And do you know what that is before you answer the question?)
I will now explain what you couldn't understand before you posted. This is the article that was in the media, and it's quoting solid sources.
Do you see the bolded words?
MetroPCS has ended actively offering its MetroFLASH CDMA handset flashing service after being the first US carrier to offer such a service when it was first offered in the carrier’s non-AWS markets beginning in 2008.
Again, do you see the bolded words? Does it say they CANCELLED the licenses? No. Means they won't be buying new ones. When these expire or whatever the contracted terms are, the licenses wont be renewed/fees paid. Plus, no new licenses from now on -- like for new stores.
The carrier has ended the acquisition of licenses for the Houdini flashing service
and all dealers are being instructed to cease offering the service in legacy markets,
with any and every reference to the service to be eliminated by the end of this month.
Says dealers are "being instructed". Does not say "been instructed".
Says references to be removed "by the end of this month". Not the end of the month yet, is it?
Sounds like a "process", and Metro has made the decision now to end this. A company like Metro often can't do something instantly. Takes some time to "wind down" stuff that has been in place for 4 years.
Plus if you read carefully, it allows some wiggle room. "Cease offering the service" doesn't mean you still can't do it, as long as the licenses are active, does it? Could be interpreted to mean listing the MetroFlash service in ads, on store windows, actively encouraging customers to bring their phones in to be flashed.
But it does mean Metro is quashing this particular officially recognized and advertised service. It will no longer be officially recognized and advertised. MetroPCS corporation will no longer endorse this practice. Corporate stores definitely won't do it any more. If "authorized dealers" do it, you would have to bear the expense and you won't receive any support from MetroPCS.
Are your Houdini licenses paid for by MetroPCS? When do they expire? Or when is payment due? How much are they? Is this a cost you are willing to bear yourself?
After the end of the month, will MetroPCS accept Houndini transfers?
As Metro moves forward to pushing LTE and capping CDMA, "flashed" phones which cannot work on LTE will be 2nd rate phones no matter how well they worked on other carrier's networks. This is why MetroPCS Corporation is ending this service. If you, as an "authorized dealer" wish to continue flashing phones and you find a way to do it, you are free to do it.
Last edited by ChazzMatt; 04-21-2012 at 01:00 PM.
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