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T-Mobile's flagship prepaid brand, MetroPCS, is rolling out a few new updates that will help customers stay under their data cap. One of those updates is a new Music Unlimited initiative that allows customers on qualifying plans to stream all the music they want from any of 33 streaming services without it counting against their data allotment. Among the list of participants is a combination of big and lesser known services, everything from Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify, and Google Music to Digitally Imported, Saavn, BandCamp, and Tidal Music, to name just a few of the nearly three dozen available services. The second way MetroPCS is planning to help customers make the most of their data plans... Read more...
MetroPCS, the flagship prepaid brand owned by T-Mobile, is offering its customers a chance to upgrade to an unlimited 4G LTE data plan for just $50 per month. It's a limited time offer that's available until April 5, 2015, and if you sign up by the deadline, MetroPCS says you'll get unlimited LTE with no pre-planned end date "MetroPCS has a solid track record of giving customers the best value in prepaid wireless and schooling the competition at the same time," said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. "MetroPCS is at it again today with 4G LTE Unlimited for just $50 bucks, the best value anywhere!"Anyone activating a new line or upgrading their smartphone before April 5 can snag a Samsung... Read more...
Two years ago, AT&T’s bid to acquire T-Mobile fell through (with AT&T’s consolation prize a roaming agreement with Deutsche Telekom), but another one of the four major U.S. mobile carriers is considering a T-Mobile purchase. This time it’s Sprint that has magenta on the brain, according to the Wall Street Journal’s sources. Such an acquisition would consolidate the third- and fourth-largest U.S. mobile carriers into a single behemoth and would thereby cut the number of majors from four to three. (Credit: Bloomberg) The official bid would come sometime in the first half of 2014 and could be worth as much as $20 billion or more. Of course, there are plenty of regulatory... Read more...
T-Mobile + MetroPCS. That's a thing now, remember? And it seems that the former is well ahead of schedule when it comes to integrating networks with the latter. A release shot out this week from T-Mobile makes clear that just six weeks after the combination was locked down, it's already working to migrate MetroPCS customers onto T-Mobile's HSPA+ and LTE networks. The good news? It's moving "ahead of schedule." This means that T-Mobile users will have access to an LTE network in the near future. The company is making HSPA+ and LTE compatible devices available to MetroPCS customers as well as allowing them to bring their own unlocked compatible HSPA+ or LTE phone, providing them the opportunity... Read more...
While it's pretty hard to get a leg-up in a music industry that's already saturated by mega-corporations, Rhapsody has done a fine job of keeping up. And now, there's a deal out there that'll surely have MetroPCS fans thinking twice before spending another dollar on iTunes or Spotify. The two have partnered to introduce a new mobile music offer: a $5 unlimited on-demand plan for monthly subscribers. Available now, MetroPCS customers can add Rhapsody for $5 to its newly simplified $40, $50 and $60 monthly smartphone plans. "We are thrilled to work with MetroPCS to bring on-demand music to the consumer with these amazing plans," said Jon Irwin, president, Rhapsody. "The future of digital music... Read more...
Earlier today, it looked like a marriage of T-Mobile and MetroPCS was all but a formality, but we suppose that’s why they have the ceremony, as a late-breaking report indicates that Sprint may be planning to make a bid of its own for MetroPCS. According to Reuters, Sprint’s big cheeses will meet on Friday at noon to decide whether or not to pull the trigger on another bid--indeed, another, because Sprint supposedly withdrew an $8 billion offer for MetroPCS back in February. Perhaps Sprint is regretting that decision now. The report indicates that Sprint could make an offer of between $12.50 and $15 per share (in part by paying with its own stock), while the T-Mobile deal is valued... Read more...
And just like that, it's a done deal. T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS are going to be one, assuming the governmental approvals go through. Not long after the AT&T / T-Mobile marriage fell apart at the doorsteps of the chapel, it looks like this one's going to stick. Even combined, the two carriers won't jump Sprint, Verizon or AT&T in terms of subscriber count, which should make it easier to push through on the regulatory front. Deutsche Telekom, the parent company of T-Mobile USA, announced that it had signed a definitive agreement to combine the two players, and both companies are looking to transition people off of MetroPCS' CDMA network in a few years. Going forward, the joined companies... Read more...
My, how the tables have turned. It seems like ages ago when AT&T and T-Mobile were set to merge, and then, that fell all to pieces. But it seems as if T-Mobile just can't solder on as a solo outfit. This week, MetroPCS -- one of the larger prepaid carriers in America -- confirmed that they are in talks with T-Mobile's parent company (Deutsche Telekom). Why talk? Because there may be some sort of T-Mobile + MetroPCS tie-up in the near future. MetroPCS has been quick to point out that nothing has been nailed down just yet, but simply confirming the talks means that things are pretty well along. After all, both of these companies stand to lose a lot if this doesn't come together; it'll be particularly... Read more...
The Big 4 may get the lion's share of attention these days, but prepaid carriers are making a serious play for market share, too. Just look at MetroPCS -- it's an operator that few have heard of, but the LTE footprint is large enough to make even Sprint cringe. Today, the prepaid outlet is announcing the LG Motion 4G, which is powered by Android 4.0.4 and can be activated on full-blown plans that start at just $40 per month. Moreover, it supports LTE, and there's a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, 5MP still camera, 1080p video more and a 3.5" touchpanel. It'll sell for just $150 without a contract, and if you're looking for a solid gift, you can snag another for just $99 after rebate. MetroPCS Delivers... Read more...
Watching broadcast TV on a mobile device has been a consumer’s dream for years, starting way back when you could buy a handheld TV with long antennae like the Sony Watchman. Yet as our phones have evolved into small computing powerhouses, the concept of watching TV on one has become less about broadcast TV and more about streaming content via the Internet from sites like Netflix and Hulu. In fact, the whole paradigm of “TV” as we know it is changing; satellite and cable distributors are sweating it out as on demand and streaming content available on the Internet threatens their entire business models, and as big players in the pay-TV industry throw public hissy fits at each... Read more...
Are the consolidating years behind us when it comes to U.S. wireless carriers? Perhaps not. According to CNBC and The Wall Street Journal, Sprint -- America's third largest wireless company -- was considering a major deal that would have it paying $8 billion to acquire MetroPCS. MetroPCS may not be a huge name like AT&T or Verizon, but it's still a solid minority in the wireless world, and it puts a major dent in Sprint's prepaid subscriber count. A load of MVNOs use Sprint's network for their services, so picking up MetroPCS would've made them a really strong player in that market. According to the reports, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse was all for it, okaying the deal. But reportedly, Sprint's board... Read more...
It would be too easy to mock MetroPCS for collaborating with Snoop Dogg to market the release of the world's first LTE Android smartphone (the Samsung Galaxy Indulge), but when you think about it, too many companies take themselves far too seriously. MetroPCS is going the opposite direction with this latest stunt, and it's actually pretty hilarious if you let yourself go and just enjoy it. Somehow, the company has convinced Snoop Dogg to change his name to Snoop Dogggg for the purposes of the launch. You'll notice he now has 4 Gs instead of 2. Clever. The stunt is being pulled in order to bring recognition to the Indulge, which is beating both the HTC ThunderBolt and LG Revolution to market on... Read more...
Surprised to see yet another 4G phone on the horizon? You shouldn't be. With every major carrier now pushing for the next step in mobile broadband, 4G is becoming more of the rule than the exception. MetroPCS was one of the first carriers to actually activate a 4G network, despite the fact that it's a much smaller carrier compared to Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile or AT&T. The company's newest 4G phone is the Samsung Indulge, and it's powered by Android 2.2 (Froyo). The phone supports MetroPCS' LTE 4G network, and there's a familiar TouchWiz interface on there for those who have used Samsung smartphones before. It's boasting a 1GHz processor, 3MP camera (with video recording), a music player,... Read more...
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... Read more...
MetroPCS launched its unlimited, no annual contract 4G LTE service in the Boston, New York City and Sacramento metropolitan areas. With this launch, MetroPCS' 4G LTE services are now available in nine metropolitan areas. MetroPCS also plans to expand its 4G services into more metropolitan areas later this year and early 2011. Users can connect to MetroPCS' 4G LTE network using the Samsung Craft with a monthly rate plan starting at $55 including taxes and regulatory fees. The Samsung Craft features a 3.3-inch AMOLED display, a 2GB microSD card pre-loaded with Paramount Pictures' Star Trek - The Future Begins, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, Samsung's TouchWiz user interface, a 3.2 megapixel camera... Read more...
Huawei's Ascend probably wouldn't have caught an eye just a few years ago. That name just doesn't really ring a bell. But these days, the smartphone landscape is broader than ever, and people are definitely paying attention to anyone who dares go up against the iPhone, DROID, Nexus One, etc. Huawei is best known internationally, but the company is slowly proving to be a real contender in America. The Ascend is a new budget smartphone, but it's a phone that would likely be a vast improvement for many still stuck on a "dumbphone." But MetroPCS has decided to pick this phone up, giving people an affordable way to get into a smartphone. Estimates are that smartphones will dominate the phone arena... Read more...
4G is spreading, and spreading faster than anyone could have imagined just a year ago. And now that T-Mobile is in the game with their "4G" HSPA+ services, it's looking like 3G is just a thing of the past. Of course, 3G will in fact be a dominant mobile technology for years to come, but the more areas blanketed with 4G, the better. MetroPCS, a growing pre-paid carrier, has just announced commercial 4G LTE service in Los Angeles and Philadelphia. While T-Mobile's 4G uses HSPA+ and Sprint/Clearwire uses WiMAX, LTE is a growing technology that isn't deployed much in America. Verizon is expected to switch to LTE for their 4G services in 2011, but it's MetroPCS beating them to the punch. This launch... Read more...
We kind of feel like the headline says it all, but in case you thought it was a typo, we'll repeat: MetroPCS just launched the first ever 4G LTE network in the United States. MetroPCS chose Las Vegas as their launching off point, somewhat following in the footsteps of Sprint-Nextel and Clearwire, which also was drawn to Las Vegas early on with their fancy WiMax service. Squeezing into the press release is Samsung, which launched the world's first 4G LTE-enabled, multi-mode, CDMA handset, the Samsung Craft (SCH-r900). In addition, Samsung Mobile supplied the LTE infrastructure for MetroPCS' commercial launch of 4G in Last Vegas. "It is extremely gratifying to introduce the Samsung Craft as the... Read more...
Recently, the FCC approved the first handset that will use LTE (long-term evolution) 4G technology. Although Sprint may have been the first to launch a WiMAX phone earlier this year with the HTC EVO 4G, MetroPCS is hoping to be the first carrier to launch the first handset in the United States with LTE 4G technology on board. Earlier this year, MetroPCS announced its first LTE 4G wireless handset in the form of the Samsung SCH-r900 in March. Now this phone has been approved by the FCC. Although FCC approval doesn't mean the phone will be available soon, MetroPCS has said that it hopes to launch the LTE handset sometime this summer. MetroPCS hasn't provided an update in recent months on the progress... Read more...
Samsung Mobile has really taken advantage of their floor time at the CTIA wireless show in Las Vegas. Following the release of the Wave S8500 and the Galaxy S, the company introduced the second 4G phone to debut at the show. The SCH-r900 won't run on the WiMAX network that Sprint and Clearwire use; instead, it will run on the LTE network that is still at least 7 or 8 months away from being initialized. The company is calling this phone one of the firsts, and that is indeed the case. What's interesting is that the phone wasn't announced for Verizon or any other major carrier; instead it will go to MetroPCS, a smaller carrier that definitely doesn't make the news often for securing phones before... Read more...