Images of MetroPCS’ first LTE, Android smartphone surface; Samsung SCH-R910

By on January 10, 2011 at 4:57 PM.

Images of MetroPCS’ first LTE, Android smartphone surface; Samsung SCH-R910

A new source has come forward with an image of what we believe to be MetroPCS’ first LTE-capable, Android smartphone — the Samsung SCH-R910. The device, which sports both a CDMA and LTE radio, will run the Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system alongside Samsung’s TouchWiz interface. We’re being told that the device will boast a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and 5 megapixel camera — just like the Galaxy S — and will have a user-accessible micro-SD card slot under the battery cover; at this point, memory and on-board storage specs are still unknown. Expect to see the R910 drop on MetroPCS in Q1 with a snazzy new nickname and a contract-free price-point between $329 to $399.

Thanks, S. Mango! More →

21 Comments

MetroPCS announces record subscriber growth in 2010

By on January 7, 2011 at 3:41 AM.

MetroPCS announces record subscriber growth in 2010

MetroPCS announced on Thursday impressive subscriber growth in the fourth quarter of 2010. Having amassed approximately 1.5 million net new subscribers over the course of 2010, MetroPCS saw the highest subscriber growth in the company’s history. In the fourth quater, the carrier netted 298,000 subscriber additions and churn was down to 3.5% from 5.3% in the fourth quarter of 2009. As of December 31, 2010, MetroPCS served over 8.1 million subscribers — a 23% increase year-over-year. Hit the break for MetroPCS’ full press release. More →

3 Comments

MetroPCS lowers price of unlimited LTE talk and data plan to $40

By on January 3, 2011 at 11:33 PM.

MetroPCS lowers price of unlimited LTE talk and data plan to $40

Say what you will about U.S. prepaid wireless provider MetroPCS, but they are leading the way in value-based 4G cellular service plans. Today, via a press release, the company announced that it is lowering the price of its unlimited talk, text, and web LTE plans to just $40 per month.

  • The $40 service plan offers unlimited talk, text, 4G Web browsing with unlimited YouTube access.
  • The $50 service plan includes the same unlimited talk, text, 4G Web services and unlimited YouTube access as the$40 plan. Additional features include international and premium text messaging, turn-by-turn navigation with MetroNAVIGATOR(TM), ScreenIT, mobile instant messaging, corporate e-mail and 1 GB of additional data access, with premium features available through MetroSTUDIO(TM) when connected via Wi-Fi, including audio capabilities to listen and download music and access to preview and trial video content.
  • The $60 service plan provides the same premium features as the $50 plan, plus unlimited data access and MetroSTUDIO premium content such as 18 video-on-demand channels and audio downloads.

“Our customers told us they wanted more video, more sharing of their content and more Web browsing capabilities – they want to have it all with the value and no annual contract that only MetroPCS can deliver,” said the company’s president and CEO, Roger D. Linquist. “Our 4G LTE network can deliver unlimited voice and mobile broadband data services and, with these new service plans, consumers are in the driver’s seat on how much additional data access and real-time entertainment content they want to pay for on a monthly basis.”

MetroPCS currently offers LTE service in Boston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Sacramento, and San Francisco with plans to expand to Atlanta, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, and Tampa in the near future. More →

5 Comments

MetroPCS lights up LTE service in Boston, New York City, and Sacramento

By on December 15, 2010 at 7:21 AM.

MetroPCS lights up LTE service in Boston, New York City, and Sacramento

Early this morning, the nation’s fifth largest cellular provider — MetroPCS — announced three new cities now incorporated into its LTE fold: Boston, New York City, and Sacramento. The company currently has one LTE mobile handset offering, the Samsung Craft, and has LTE talk and data plans starting at $55 (including taxes and fees).

“As the only no annual contract, pay-in-advance wireless service provider offering 4G LTE services, we continue to build our network to allow more customers to experience our unparalleled value and flexible, affordable service,” said Roger D. Linquist, MetroPCS’ president, chairman, and CEO. “By offering customers the ability to do more with easy access to their social networks, exclusive MetroSTUDIO content and expanded web browsing capabilities, we are giving our customers what they need – a way to stay connected, without sacrificing time or money.”

MetroPCS is now offering its LTE services in nine major metropolitan areas: Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston, New York City and Sacramento. More →

3 Comments

MetroPCS 4G LTE network now live in San Francisco

By on December 1, 2010 at 4:21 PM.

MetroPCS 4G LTE network now live in San Francisco

Despite being slightly overshadowed by a certain announcement from Verizon Wireless, MetroPCS announced Wednesday the launch of its “4G” LTE network in San Francisco and the surrounding areas. San Francisco joins Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Detroit and Dallas-Forth Worth in the growing list of markets now covered by MetroPCS’ LTE network. MetroPCS plans to expand its 4G services to cover Atlanta, Boston, Jacksonville, Miami, New York, Orlando, Sacramento and Tampa between during the course of December and early 2011. Currently, MetroPCS only has one LTE-compatible cell phone available — the Samsung Craft, which is available for $299 with no contract. The carrier also has two available 4G service plans: a $55 “4G” plan, which includes unlimited nationwide calling, text messaging, picture messaging and 4G data; and a $60 “4G Premium” plan, which adds unlimited on demand video. More →

8 Comments

MetroPCS announces its first Android phone, the LG Optmus M

By on November 22, 2010 at 7:20 PM.

MetroPCS announces its first Android phone, the LG Optmus M

LG’s Optimus One family of affordable and successful Android smartphones gained its newest member Monday morning as MetroPCS announced the upcoming availability of the LG Optimus M. When it launches later this month, the Optimus M will be MetroPCS’ first Android smartphone. As with all MetroPCS offerings, customers will not be required to sign a contract when they purchase the Optimus M, and plans start at $50 per month for unlimited calling, SMS, MMS, email, Web browsing, GPS navigation and more. The Optimus M features a 3.2-inch touchscreen, a 3.2-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Android 2.2 and a “high-end champagne finish.” It will be available on November 24th for $229. Hit the break for the full press release. More →

4 Comments

Samsung Contour for MetroPCS available now, $49

By on November 9, 2010 at 12:01 AM.

Samsung Contour for MetroPCS available now, $49

Samsung announced Monday the addition of the Samsung Contour to MetroPCS’ lineup of affordable feature phones. While the Contour is short on bells and whistles, it will certainly be a great option for customers who make value a priority. MetroPCS offers contract-free unlimited plans for as low at $40 per month including taxes. Samsung’s Contour compliments the carrier’s affordable monthly plans nicely, featuring a clamshell form factor, a VGA camera, a basic Web browser and 3G connectivity. The Samsung Contour is available immediately online and in MetroPCS stores for $49. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →

12 Comments

MetroPCS launches nationwide coverage, LTE in L.A. and Philadelphia

By on November 4, 2010 at 7:04 AM.

MetroPCS launches nationwide coverage, LTE in L.A. and Philadelphia

MetroPCS, America’s fifth largest wireless provider, today announced that it is expanding its unlimited wireless service coverage. Via a press release, the company writes: “MetroPCS Communications, Inc. announced its subscribers will be able to use their MetroPCS service in areas covering more than 90% of the U.S. population with the introduction of its Metro USA nationwide service that launches today. MetroPCS customers can begin to enjoy unlimited talk, text and Web services wherever they go in the nation on their existing MetroPCS service plan.” The company’s Wireless for All plans range from $40 to $60.

On the heels of that announcement, MetroPCS also noted that Los Angeles, CA and Philadelphia, PA are covered by the company’s next-generation LTE network. “As the only no annual contract, pay-in-advance service provider offering 4G LTE services, we are building on the successful commercial launches of 4G LTE service in Las Vegas, Dallas/Fort Worth and Detroit with the launches of our 4G LTE service in Los Angeles and Philadelphia. With a compelling handset line-up and a superior network, we deliver unmatched value with the flexibility, predictability and affordability that consumers demand.,” said Roger D. Linquist, Metro’s chairman, president and CEO.

Looks like the start of a pretty good day for the gang over at MetroPCS. More →

5 Comments

MetroPCS flips switch on LTE in Detroit

By on October 20, 2010 at 7:54 AM.

MetroPCS flips switch on LTE in Detroit

Via a press release, pre-paid wireless carrier MetroPCS has announced the addition of a third city to its U.S., LTE portfolio, Detroit. “With a state-of-the-art 4G LTE network and an advanced entertainment handset with a brilliant AMOLED screen, MetroPCS’ predictable, flexible and affordable service plans provide a compelling value to consumers while meeting their growing demand to do more with video, social networking and higher speed Internet access,” quips the press release. Metro has already gone live with LTE in Las Vegas and Dallas/Fort Worth. The company’s LTE service plans are quite affordable, at just $55 and $60 — utilization of said 4G plans are obviously geographically-limited for the time being. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →

11 Comments

MetroPCS launches Samsung Freeform II messaging phone

By on October 13, 2010 at 1:23 PM.

MetroPCS launches Samsung Freeform II messaging phone

No, sadly it is not another 4G, LTE device for MetroPCS, but it is a new phone nonetheless. Today, Samsung announced that the Freeform II would be immediately available for U.S. wireless carrier MetroPCS. The Freeform II is a candybar-style, full-QWERTY messaging device with a 2.2-inch QVGA display, 1.3 megapixel camera, micro-SD card slot, and Bluetooth. The device will run on MetroPCS’ 3G network and also support the company’s MetroNavigator GPS feature. Hit the read link for the full release. More →

26 Comments

MetroPCS lights up Dallas/Fort Worth area with LTE

By on September 29, 2010 at 9:21 AM.

MetroPCS lights up Dallas/Fort Worth area with LTE

Today, MetroPCS announced Dallas/Fort Worth as their second LTE, 4G market to go live. You may recall that the company announced the availability of LTE in Las Vegas, NV just several weeks ago. Currently, the pre-paid mobile carrier offers the Samsung Craft as their only 4G handset; the device retails for $299 with monthly plans costing $55. The company reiterated that their “4G LTE network rollouts in the remaining MetroPCS markets are planned for later this year and early 2011.” More →

17 Comments

MetroPCS lights up Las Vegas with LTE, makes first LTE handset available

By on September 21, 2010 at 9:01 AM.

MetroPCS lights up Las Vegas with LTE, makes first LTE handset available

Today, via a press release, MetroPCS announced that it has launched its first 4G LTE market — Las Vegas — and its first LTE capable phone, the Samsung Craft. As the press release reads:

Today, MetroPCS Communications Inc. (NYSE: PCS) became the first mobile operator to launch commercial 4G LTE services in the United States, offering talk, text and 4G Web access starting as low as $55 per month including taxes and regulatory fees. MetroPCS is also offering the world’s first commercially available 4G LTE enabled handset, the Samsung Craft™. Service will initially be available in Las Vegas, Nev., with service expanding into the remaining MetroPCS cities throughout the year.

The Craft is no slouch, and features: 1x/EV-DO CDMA and LTE radios, 3.3-inch AMOLED display, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, micro-SD card (expandable to 32 GB), and 3.2 megapixel camera; the handset will retail for $299 after a $50 mail-in-rebate. MetroPCS is the fifth largest mobile provider in the U.S. and becomes the first provider to launch a commercially available LTE network.

MetroPCS closed by writing: “MetroPCS’ Las Vegas 4G LTE network, which was built through a partnership with Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), will cover the majority of MetroPCS’ existing CDMA network footprint in Las Vegas. 4G LTE network rollouts in the remaining MetroPCS markets are planned for later this year and early 2011. MetroPCS plans to further expand 4G LTE coverage in 2011, along with the launch of additional devices to increase MetroPCS’ portfolio of feature phones, touch screens, smartphones and 4G handsets.”

Congrats to MetroPCS! Hit the read link for the full release. More →

47 Comments

MetroPCS launches 'Mas Mexico', allows mucho calling to landlines

By on August 31, 2010 at 11:00 PM.

MetroPCS launches 'Mas Mexico', allows mucho calling to landlines

Today, prepaid cellular provider MetroPCS launched a new add-on to its cellular plans titled Mas Mexico. Mas Mexico provides “unlimited voice and text messaging plan to connect MetroPCS customers with friends and family in Mexico for $5 per month—taxes and regulatory fees included.” The new calling feature applies to landlines only, but users can text message all the mobile devices they would like. Hit the bounce for the full press release.

[Via PhoneScoop] More →

16 Comments