T-Mobile Boosts MetroPCS Coverage With 15 Additional Markets, New Plan And Smartphones

2013-07-25 14.26.34

 

T-Mobile is making good on its promise to expand MetroPCS coverage with the launch of 15 additional markets less than three months after finalizing their merger. MetroPCS will introduce two new smartphones, the Nokia Lumia 521 and LG Optimus F3 in the new cities along with six additional models and the company’s bring your own device option. Wait, that’s not all as MetroPCS also introduces a “$40, period” rate plan that includes unlimited talk, text and 500MB of high-speed data along with all taxes and fees for $40 per month.

“We’ve been beating our no-contract competitors hands-down for value, and now, with the strength of the T-Mobile 4G network behind us, that lead is only going to grow,” said Tom Keys, MetroPCS COO and executive vice president. “We’re setting a blazing fast trail and, with our retail partners, will compete aggressively with our ‘$40, period’ rate plan to win over consumers one-by-one.”

The MetroPCS network now reaches more than 157 million people in 116 metro areas including the 15 newest markets of:

? Baltimore, MD.
? Birmingham, Ala.
? Cleveland and Akron, Ohio
? Corpus Christi, Texas
? Fresno, Calif.
? Houston, Texas
? Memphis, Tenn.
? New Orleans, LA.
? Rio Grande Valley, Texas
? San Antonio and Austin, Texas
? San Diego, Calif.
? Seattle and Tacoma, Wash.
? Tallahassee, Fla.
? Toledo and Sandusky, Ohio
? Washington, DC

MetroPCS offers consumers everything they want from their wireless experience without an annual contract or paying an arm and a leg. At a tremendous value of ‘$40, period,’ MetroPCS is bringing its convenient neighborhood access, great service and unparalleled value to more people and connecting them to T-Mobile’s powerful nationwide 4G and 4G LTE network. MetroPCS customers will experience speeds on average of seven times faster than the company’s previous markets.

Press Release:

MetroPCS Takes on New Markets: Doubles Reach in Less than Three Months

MetroPCS Takes on New Markets: Doubles Reach in Less than Three Months

Aggressive expansion in 15 new markets brings ‘$40, period’ rate plan with unlimited 4G service on a nationwide network and a robust 4G smartphone line-up to customers who want ‘all-in’ at a monthly flat rate with no surprises; ‘Bring Your own Phone’ program offers even greater value

BELLEVUE, Wash. – July 25, 2013 - T-Mobile US, Inc.’s (NYSE: TMUS) wireless revolution marches onward. Less than three months after completing the combination of T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS, the company has doubled its MetroPCS brand presence across the country and is bringing “Wireless for All” to 15 new markets.

MetroPCS offers consumers everything they want from their wireless experience without an annual contract or paying an arm and a leg. At a tremendous value of ‘$40, period,’ MetroPCS is bringing its convenient neighborhood access, great service and unparalleled value to more people and connecting them to T-Mobile’s powerful nationwide 4G and 4G LTE network. MetroPCS customers will experience speeds on average of seven times faster than the company’s previous markets.

MetroPCS is offering its ‘all-in’ unlimited data, talk and text service – taxes and regulatory fees included – online and at authorized dealer stores in its existing 15 markets, as well as the additional below operating markets announced today. The company is also offering its “Bring Your Own Phone” program to all of its customers, providing them even more choice and great value.

  • Baltimore, MD
  • Birmingham, Ala.
  • Cleveland and Akron, Ohio
  • Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Fresno, Calif.
  • Houston, Texas
  • Memphis, Tenn.
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Rio Grande Valley, Texas
  • San Antonio and Austin, Texas
  • San Diego, Calif.
  • Seattle and Tacoma, Wash.
  • Tallahassee, Fla.
  • Toledo and Sandusky, Ohio
  • Washington, DC

MetroPCS has grown to the #1 no annual contract wireless network brand in the majority of the markets it serves by offering convenience, choice and flexibility for consumers who work hard for their money and deserve more than what they’re getting from their carrier today.

“We’ve been beating our no-contract competitors hands-down for value, and now, with the strength of the T-Mobile 4G network behind us, that lead is only going to grow,” said Tom Keys, MetroPCS COO and executive vice president. “We’re setting a blazing fast trail and, with our retail partners, will compete aggressively with our ‘$40, period’ rate plan to win over consumers one-by-one.”

Consumers will enjoy a wide variety of phones — with access to a nationwide 4G and a growing 4G LTE network, which now reaches 157 million people in 116 metro areas[1]– including the latest 4G Android(TM)-powered smartphones like the Galaxy S® 4, LG Optimus L9(TM) and Samsung Galaxy Exhibit(TM). In addition, to bolster its line-up in new markets, MetroPCS also announced the availability tomorrow, in select markets, of the Nokia Lumia 521 and LG Optimus F3(TM) to its 4G smartphone portfolio, delivering more handset choices at speeds wireless consumers need for a great mobile experience.

Along with a powerful lineup of smartphone choices, MetroPCS’ “Bring Your Own Phone” program enables consumers to pair their compatible device with MetroPCS’ affordable 4G service plans, giving them more choice, more savings and more for their money with access to a nationwide 4G network and unlimited – taxes and fees inclusive – for just $40 a month.

The company continues to expand its distribution channels in the newly launched cities, including at leading national retail partners. With this expansion, MetroPCS now offers its affordable, unlimited services in 30 operating markets and is growing with more than 6,700 points of sale in its retail network.

Specific city promotional launch activities will be announced in the coming weeks.

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  • Hurlamania

    I have yet to see a metro PCS location in near or around Cleveland.
    Did pcs have bandwidth here or just competing with the local metro style company with tmo bandwidth

    • Quint

      I can’t speak for Cleveland, but in Tallahassee, metroPCS had only spectrum here. A third party dealer opened near me last week… I figured that they’d be selling GSM phones since there is no CDMA service here… And lo and behold.

      • Hurlamania

        We have at least 1 store spotted a little rough at the moment just a banner on a old building. But I’ve seen a nice metro billboard up a few miles down the road.

    • DCYinzer37

      Did see a banner hanging for MetroPCS in Germantown, MD, so definite confirmation in the DC Metro area.

  • 21stNow

    It’s good to see my area is included in the new MetroPCS list. However, the $40 deal doesn’t entice me to jump from the Walmart plans that I use. It goes up in price (strike #1), up in minutes (useless, so strike #2) and down in high-speed data (strike #3).

    • Luv_HTC

      Cool story bro.

    • Eric

      Up in price?? Well damn, what were you paying before?

      • 21stNow

        $30.

  • Gdwhite

    Question???? Are these new locals on Metro PCS CDMA band or T-mobile GSM? I hope it’s T-Mob, because that would only make any sense? Just brand the phone Metro PCS and give them T-Mob products, right? No one is the wiser…..I hope that’s what they are doing.

    • Willie D

      It is only on GSM. They are currently scaling back on CDMA devices and CDMA coverage as it is being recycled for HSPA+

    • Delusion_FTL

      They are on T-mobile’s GSM network. It was also a shot across Cricket’s bow as half of those markets were Cricket that had no metopcs competition. Probably a good thing ATT bought them. I think it’s very smart for T-mobile to get as many people to jump from Cricket as possible before the ATT buyout finalizes.

  • 21stNow

    At least AT&T has to wait for the Leap Wireless purchase to be approved before they can copy this one via Cricket. Use those months wisely T-Mobile!

    • psychoace

      They are going to dismantle Cricket within 2 years or ruin it with price hikes. I doubt they are going to improve it.

      • AnonymousPoster

        I don’t see this happening…
        AT&T has already made their pre-paid smartphone plan cheaper, Unlimited Talk & Text plus 2GB data for $60. per 30 days.
        And they now offer their own MVNO called AIO for $55.
        So, AT&T is wanting to be competitive in the pre-paid market, they’ll most likely want to stay that way.

    • Ordeith

      I hope AT&T uses it to expand their AIO Wireless experiment.

      • 21stNow

        Me, too.

  • Jay J. Blanco

    This is great news! T-Mobile is smart 13 out of 15 are Cricket Markets lol time to steal customers from our competition lol I hop t-mobile has new markets coming soon as well. South Dakota and North Dakota would be a good place to start.

    • keasycase

      Yea ur right… On one of theses lte mapping sites… There is one tower or lte in south Dakota lol

      • Chris

        Also Michigan plz too would be nice

  • Jess

    So dose that improve coverage for Tmobile customers?

    • http://www.makeuseof.com Danny Stieben

      No. They’re only expanding the MetroPCS brand to multiple markets. It uses Tmo’s existing network.

  • Dakota

    So if youre in a market that has MetroPCS and Tmobile and are only using HSPA+ (ie Galaxy Nexus) , do you get the same coverage on MetroPCS?

  • Jesus Gutierrez

    I was at Wal-Mart last night and saw a lot of marketing for MetroPCS, maybe Wal-Mart spilled the beans and Phoenix, AZ is next!

  • Khan

    Im not getting Tmobile LTE in New York City anymore, only 3g/4g. The slow speeds are so nerve recking:(

  • jonathan3579

    Hmm, so they have finally made their way to my city (Houston) now. I guess it’s time to compare plans and pricing.

  • MetroPCS

    So won’t this eat into T-Mobile’s market share? It’s $10 less a month than T-Mobile, plus it axes the 25% post paid taxes on T-Mobiles stuff for the same thing?

    • MetroPCS

      Also Walmart Family Mobile, now for $39.88 per month with additional line in at $34.88 is the same thing yet you get 2.5 gigs of Data at high speed rather than only 500mb?

      • ChitChatCat

        Well, Family Mobile only does 3G speeds, so it’s a bit different than T-Mobile’s main line offering.

        • yoyo

          3G? where do they have 3G? I get 2G everywhere!

    • Jay J. Blanco

      No Metro is counted into T-Mobile market share

    • tmo1082

      Hopefully T-Mobile customers take priority over Metro when they are on the same network and it gets to congested in an area. I know thats how it is with Go Smart Mobile thats owned by T-Mobile and uses T-Mobile’s network. Go Smart Mobile is cheaper than Metro PCS and has unlimited plans. The only catch is you take a back seat when T-Mobile customers need to make call, text, and use data if the network doesn’t have room at that time.

  • Chris

    I think T MOBILE needs to step up and do a counteroffer and go after LEAP I don’t want at&t to have them !!!

  • Guest

    Nice prices. Are MetroPCS phones unlocked when purchased? Or will they unlock them? I would like to use them on T Mobile!

    • landmarkcm

      When I got the F3 she said it was unlocked already without me even asking..

  • landmarkcm

    Picked up the new Optimus F3. It’s an excellent device. Im surprised how fast the Lte is running on Tmobiles network. It’s faster then my wifi! The camera & everything is good too. Id recommend over the L9 if you dont care abt the difference in screen size between 4 inch on it & 4.5 on the L9.

  • dwcnme

    Is there any difference between the Metro PCS $40 per month plan and the T-Mobile $50 per month plan? I am in Las Vegas. The cost difference would be about $15 per month total since a $50/month plan would run about $55 with taxes and Metro’s plan includes them.