T-Mobile isn’t just launching a sizable LTE network in 2013, it’s becoming the Grim Reaper for 2G technology as we know it. In an analyst conference call on Thursday, T-Mobile unveiled a plan to radically reshape its networks, shutting down the majority of its 2G GSM capacity so it can focus almost entirely on 4G. As a result T-Mobile will get a bigger, badder mobile broadband network and, to boot, will almost certainly land the iPhone(s aapl).

With this new network configuration, T-Mobile is pulling a technological coup. Though it is spectrum-poorest operator of the Big 4, it will wind up with a higher-capacity LTE network than Sprint(s S) and one with comparable capacity to AT&T(s T), while still being able to milk a massive HSPA+ network for years to come. In the process, T-Mobile is calling into question the so-called spectrum crisis. While other operators are desperately…

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