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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Grading the top 10 U.S. carriers in the first quarter of 2013

The following charts the top U.S. wireless carriers in the first quarter of 2013 by subscriber base, according to research firm Strategy Analytics, and includes major metrics--such as churn, ARPU and revenue--of each carrier.

T-Mobile sold 500,000 iPhone 5 devices in less than a month

T-Mobile US reported that since it started selling Apple's iPhone nationwide April 12 it has sold 500,000 units of the device, an indication of pent-up demand for the gadget at the carrier. T-Mobile made the disclosure in conjunction with the release of its first-quarter results, in which it said its total revenue slipped 7 percent.

T-Mobile makes no promises on MetroPCS iPhone, but vows to transition customers

T-Mobile US CEO John Legere said it is possible, but by no means certain, that its prepaid brand MetroPCS will get Apple's iPhone, but he and CMO Mike Sievert made clear they want to move as many MetroPCS customers as possible onto T-Mobile's HSPA+ and LTE networks.

T-Mobile USA, MetroPCS officially tie the knot

T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS officially closed their merger transaction and are now one publicly traded company. T-Mobile started trading today on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "TMUS."

T-Mobile reiterates support for GoSmart Mobile, despite MetroPCS merger

T-Mobile USA said it will continue to support its GoSmart Mobile prepaid brand after it closes its merger with MetroPCS. The news is notable considering T-Mobile plans to take MetroPCS' prepaid brand nationwide after it closes its merger with the flat-rate, no-contract carrier.

MetroPCS: LTE customers make up 39% of subscriber base

MetroPCS said that LTE subscribers now make up 39 percent of its subscriber base, an important figure for T-Mobile USA as that carrier ramps plans to merge its network with MetroPCS' network. The 39 percent figure is in MetroPCS' first-quarter results, which are its last as an independent company; MetroPCS shareholders voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to approve the company's merger with T-Mobile.

MetroPCS shareholders approve merger with T-Mobile USA

MetroPCS shareholders approved the company's merger with Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile USA, clearing the final hurdle for the merger of the nation's No. 4 and 5 carriers in a move that DT hopes will strengthen its U.S. brand. DT had improved the terms of its initial offer to win over wary shareholders.

Wireless in the first quarter of 2013

How did the wireless industry perform in the first quarter  quarter of 2013? Check here throughout the first-quarter earnings report season for full earnings reports from the wireless industry's carriers, handset makers, equipment suppliers and others.

MetroPCS will use Cisco gear to transition to IPv6

MetroPCS has started to transition its mobile Internet network to IPv6 protocol technology and will use Cisco's IPv6 gear to help manage the process. The company has deployed Cisco's IPv6 solution in the core and for IP aggregation. 

Investors begin rallying around T-Mobile/MetroPCS merger

Following Deutsche Telekom's improved offer for MetroPCS shareholders earlier this week, investors in the regional, flat-rate carrier are beginning to voice their support for the combination of T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS. Specifically, MetroPCS's largest shareholder, Paulson & Co., said it now supports the transaction.