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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Sprint held talks with 4 companies before clinching Softbank deal

For a little more than a year before Sprint Nextel struck a deal with Softbank, it held merger and strategic partnership talks with four companies, according to a regulatory filing. Two of those companies were likely Dish Network and MetroPCS, though Sprint is not disclosing the names of its would-be partners.

Verizon cuts prepaid smartphone plan with 2 GB of data from $80 to $70

Verizon Wireless effectively cut the price of its high-end prepaid smartphone plan from $80 to $70, bringing its prepaid pricing closer to rival AT&T Mobility. However, Verizon's prepaid services are still much more expensive than those from many traditional prepaid and flat-rate players.

MetroPCS says joyn launch proceeding smoothly despite DT's troubles

MetroPCS said its deployment of Rich Communication Services under the GSMA's joyn brand is humming along just fine. The comments are notable considering the technical difficulties Deutsche Telekom is experiencing in Germany that have forced the carrier to indefinitely delay launching joyn there.

MetroPCS, Leap and other Tier 2 U.S. carriers lukewarm on BlackBerry 10

Tier 2 U.S. carriers said they are uncommitted as of now to Research In Motion's BlackBerry 10 platform.

T-Mobile turns to YouTube to promote HD Voice

T-Mobile USA's network modernization effort has enabled it to offer improved in-call voice quality and the operator is promoting the new capability via a 30-second YouTube clip.

AT&T's Stephenson indicates interest in handset financing

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said he liked the approach T-Mobile USA is taking by removing handset subsidies from its plans, and said he would watch the development with interest.

Virgin Mobile, C Spire testing handset financing programs

Sprint Nextel's prepaid brand Virgin Mobile and regional wireless carrier C Spire Wireless have been quietly testing handset financing programs, the carriers confirmed. Both operators are using the startup BillFloat to support their pilot programs, which are ongoing but expected to end within the next few weeks. The disclosures come a month after  FierceWireless  reported that Leap Wireless' Cricket and MetroPCS both recently launched handset financing options.

Analysts: Verizon expected to pull ahead of rivals in Q4

Verizon Wireless is expected to lead U.S. wireless carriers in terms of net subscriber additions in the fourth quarter, according to analysts' estimates. However, all operators, including Verizon, will likely see their margins come under pressure as a result of higher subsidy costs for smartphones.

MetroPCS simplifies LTE pricing plans, ditches $30 and $55 offerings

MetroPCS will discontinue a number of LTE pricing options, and modify some existing plans, in an effort to simplify its service pricing. Specifically, the carrier tomorrow will cancel its $30 and $55 LTE pricing options, and will instead offer LTE services at the $40, $50 and $60 per month price points.

Microsoft aims to spread Windows Phone to Tier 2 U.S. carriers

LAS VEGAS--Microsoft thinks it's very important to bring its Windows Phone 8 platform to tier 1 U.S. carriers, a strategy that helped Google's Android platform gain significant market share, according to a Windows Phone executive.