Metro PCS is the fifth largest facilities-based wireless telecommunications provider in the U.S. measured by the number of subscribers served. MetroPCS offers wireless broadband services to selected major metropolitan areas in the U.S. and provides a variety of wireless communications services to subscribers on a no long-term contract, paid-in-advance basis. As of December 31, 2010, it had over 8.1 million subscribers. In April 2007, MetroPCS Communications consummated an initial public offering of its common stock and became listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "PCS." As of December 31, 2010, it held licenses for wireless spectrum covering a total population of approximately 142 million people in and around many of the largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. In addition, MetroPCS has roaming agreements with other wireless carriers that allows it to offer customers service in many areas when they are outside our service area. These roaming agreements, together with the area it serves with its own networks, allows its customers to receive service in an area covering over 280 million in total population under the Metro USA brand. Metro PCS provides its services using code division multiple access, or CDMA, networks using 1xRTT technology and, in all but one major metropolitan area, long term evolution, or 4G LTE, technology. It introduced the first commercial 4G LTE service in the United States in its Las Vegas and Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan areas in September 2010 and launched the world's first dual mode 4G LTE/CDMA handset. Source: SEC Filings
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AT&T's Cricket offers unlimited voice and SMS to and from Mexico and Canada- but no data

AT&T Mobility's Cricket Wireless prepaid brand said that as of yesterday it is offering unlimited voice and SMS messaging to and from Mexico. Later this month it will also add those features for Canada.

T-Mobile launches RCS services under 'Advanced Messaging' brand, with support from Samsung phones

T-Mobile US announced it launched new messaging services based on Rich Communication Services (RCS) technology. The carrier said the service will be called Advanced Messaging and will be available initially on the new Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime smartphone. The carrier said it will soon update the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S5 to support the technology as well.

T-Mobile's MetroPCS extends coverage and data service to Mexico

T-Mobile US' MetroPCS customers are getting the benefits of seamless service in Mexico that T-Mobile has extended to its branded customers in Mexico and Canada. Analysts said the MetroPCS offer stands out because of its extension of data service to Mexico.  

HTC unveils new Desire smartphone lineup for U.S. carriers, with prices targeted at $200 and below

HTC is aiming to bounce back from a weak launch of its flagship One M9 smartphone by releasing a bevy of mid-range phones in its Desire lineup to U.S. carriers, especially prepaid ones. The hope is that by targeting phones that cost $200 or less without a contract at U.S. consumers, it can regain market share and mindshare while still emphasizing the software and design touches of the M9.

Analyst: Sprint's new Boost promotion part of wireless 'race to the bottom'

Sprint's recently announced promotion for its Boost Mobile prepaid brand to cut the bill in half of customers who switch from T-Mobile US' MetroPCS and AT&T Mobility's Cricket prepaid brands represents a "race to the bottom" in wireless pricing, according to MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett.

T-Mobile: 190,000 MetroPCS subs were still on CDMA network ahead of shutdown

T-Mobile US said that as of Friday, 190,000 customers on its MetroPCS prepaid brand still had phones connecting to MetroPCS' legacy network, which was turned off on Sunday as T-Mobile completed the final market shutdowns in Dallas, Miami and New York City.

Sprint's Boost Mobile offers to cut MetroPCS, Cricket customers' bills in half if they switch

Sprint's Boost Mobile prepaid brand is looking to steal customers from T-Mobile US' MetroPCS and AT&T Mobility's Cricket prepaid brand by offering via a promotion to cut those customers' service bills in half if they switch to Boost.

Sprint's Boost doubles data allotments, while T-Mobile's MetroPCS offers 4 lines for $100

T-Mobile US and Sprint's Boost Mobile prepaid brand are unveiling dueling sets of promotions aimed at the prepaid market just ahead of Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of summer.

T-Mobile catches up with Sprint: Both carriers now cover 280 million POPs with LTE

T-Mobile US now covers 280 million POPs with LTE, according to CTO Neville Ray. The carrier had pledged to reach that coverage goal by the middle of this year, and thus appears to have reached that goal earlier than expected.

T-Mobile to shut down legacy MetroPCS CDMA network on June 21

T-Mobile US plans to shut off the legacy CDMA network of its MetroPCS prepaid brand on June 21, earlier than expected. The carrier still needs to shut down the CDMA network in three major markets.