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MetroPCS Launches 4G In Four New Markets

MetroPCS Launches 4G In Four New Markets

MetroPCS expanded its 4G LTE service into the Atlanta, Jacksonville, Miami and Orlando metropolitan areas. In these areas, customers with the Samsung Craft 4G LTE smartphone will enjoy even faster speeds with their no annual contract plans. MetroPCS offers unlimited talk, text and 4G LTE web browsing on plans that range from $40 to $60 a month, including all applicable taxes and regulatory fees. With the addition of these four new markets, MetroPCS now offers 4G LTE service in 13 metropolitan areas.

MetroPCS Launches 4G LTE Service in Atlanta, Jacksonville, Miami and Orlando Metropolitan Areas

New network and entertainment-rich Samsung Craft offer unlimited, affordable 4G LTE Service in Four Additional Markets

DALLAS – (January 25, 2011) – MetroPCS Communications, Inc. (NYSE: PCS) today expanded its no annual contract 4GLTE service into the Atlanta, Jacksonville, Miami and Orlando metropolitan areas. Accessible on the Samsung Craft™, the world's first, and currently only, commercially available 4GLTE handset, MetroPCS' 4GLTE network allows consumers to do more with unlimited talk, text and 4GLTE web browsing for an affordable price. Additionally, consumers have unlimited YouTube access and unlimited multimedia streaming and uploads and downloads on Wi-Fi, with service plans that range from $40 to $60 a month, including all applicable taxes and regulatory fees.

"We continue to expand our network so more customers can experience the only no annual contract, unlimited talk, text and 4GLTE web browsing service available today," said Roger D. Linquist, president, CEO and chairman of MetroPCS. "MetroPCS is giving customers everything they want – an affordable 4GLTE phone, more choices and the best value in 4GLTE service to stay connected, be entertained and do more – without sacrificing time or money."

In addition to the $40 service plan, MetroPCS offers $50 and $60 4GLTE service plans which allow more access to streaming multimedia content, real-time Internet gaming, music and video uploads and downloads and other media applications on MetroPCS' 4GLTE networks in addition to unlimited streaming multimedia content on Wi-Fi. Ultimately, consumers only pay for what they need.

The Samsung Craft Experience

The Samsung Craft is available in-store or online for $299 plus tax after a $50 instant rebate, while supplies last. Customers can take advantage of all MetroPCS 4GLTE has to offer with the Samsung Craft, including:

  • MetroSTUDIO, powered by RealNetworks, delivers audio content to the $40, $50 and $60 plans over 4GLTE and Wi-Fi, and premium video content on the $60 plan from NBC Universal, Black Entertainment Television (BET) and Univision, available on-demand from one easy-to-use application.
  • A social networking and instant messaging application which harnesses notifications, friends and content from Facebook, MySpace and Twitter and AIM, MSN and Yahoo! IM clients into a single interface that's accessible with one click.
  • Upgraded MetroNavigator® feature includes new voice-activated GPS and turn-by-turn directions.

The Samsung Craft features a brilliant 3.3 inch AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) screen for a better video experience, Wi-Fi connectivity, and comes with a 2GB MicroSD card pre-loaded with Paramount Pictures' hit movie "Star Trek - The Future Begins." This 4GLTE entertainment handset also contains a combination touch screen, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, Samsung's TouchWiz™ user interface to surf and text message, 3.2 megapixel camera with flash, a camcorder and is Wi-Fi capable.

With today's launch in the Atlanta, Jacksonville, Miami and Orlando metropolitan areas, MetroPCS' 4GLTE services are available in 13 metropolitan areas, including Boston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Sacramento and San Francisco.

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I have been watching this one for a minute. I did not even know they had LTE until I called them last month curious about prices. Half way through the conversation he said something about it, and I asked for details upon which he answered that they had it in several large cities, but not in Atlanta yet however it should be coming soon. There handsets are not that great, but with them from what I understand if it is a CDMA device most can be used on there network. At 40-50 a month unlimited everything you cannot beat that with a 10 foot poll. So I will be watching this close until July when I will most likely grab a smart phone somewhere. As far as it goes there is a lot of smart phone goodness coming to the market sector for sure which will only increase by then. Plus Apple does there yearly then, and Sprint seems to be on the same time lines as well. With things like the Atrix/Bionic etc coming soon I would think more will be on the market by then as well, and of course MWC is in a week or two as well.

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