Metro PCS is continually working to improve its services and add new users to its customer base. Recently, Metro released “Simpler” plans, a set of off-contract plans that give you access to some blistering 4G data speeds. Now, for $5 more per month you can use your newfound 4G data speeds to stream as much music as you want from Rhapsody’s impressive song database. Yesterday, Metro PCS announced in an official press release that they are teaming up with online music pioneer Rhapsody to offer their users a very affordable online streaming solution. In order to take advantage of this great deal, you must be using one of Metro’s “Simpler” plans. $5 a month is a pretty good deal for legal music consumption. If you want more details, check out the press release below.
MetroPCS has announced a shift in its pricing plans for LTE customers across the country, effectively bringing more data options to a vast array of subscribers. The three new tiers include the same $60 plan, as well as throttled $50 and $40 plans.
The $60 plan still allows users the full smorgasbord of unlimited options, including talk, text and unthrottled data. For those who’d like to take a step down, the $50 plan allows unlimited talk and text, with unlimited data. However speeds for that particular plan will be dropped to 3G after 2.5 gigabytes of usage. For those interested in a budget option, the $40 plan still offers unlimited talk, text and web, though data speeds will be slowed after the first 500MB. » Read the rest
In news that I’m sure will be pleasing to T-Mobile, MetroPCS has hit the one million mark in subscribed LTE customers (about 11% of its customers) and have also turned a profit of $193 million, even though they lost over 300,000 customers in the third quarter. How does one manage to turn such a profit while losing so many customers? MetroPCS credits “cash-saving exercises”, timely investments, and reducing a top priority of cell companies – churn. I’m sure a lot of MetroPCS and T-Mobile customers alike are wondering what the merger has in store for them. Hopefully it’ll end up benefitting the customer in some form or fashion.
It’s been a busy morning for the budget-minded manufacturer ZTE. First they announced the Blade III‘s availability in Finland for release this month, followed by a launch in Sweden in October. They’ve now followed that up with the announcement of the Anthem 4G available from MetroPCS which will be the first 4G LTE Android smartphone from ZTE available in the United States. The device will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, will sport a 4.3″ WVGA display, and feature a dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor. The Anthem 4G from MetroPCS can be had “in the coming weeks” for $219 after rebates, while the LTE plans range from $40-$70 per month. We’ll keep you posted if a solid release date is announced. Hit the break for the full press release. » Read the rest
MetroPCS announced today the availability of the Coolpad Quattro 4G – the first phone with Coolpad Americas as a MetroPCS partner. The device is being described by MetroPCS as a “new, affordable” device for “cost-conscious consumers.” The phone’s specs won’t be setting any records, however that’s obviously not the intent here. The Quattro 4G will run Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), sport a modest 4-inch display, a 1GHz processor, and a rear 3.2 megapixel camera coupled with a VGA front-facing camera.
The phone will run $149, while the 4G LTE plans begin at $40 a month. Also for a limited time, MetroPCS is also is offering a $50 mail-in rebate on the second of any two 4G smartphones purchased. So you could effectively buy two Quattros for $248 after the rebate, which is not too shabby of a deal.
According to the FCC, the Samsung SCH-R940 Galaxy S Lightray 4G (yet another mouthful of a name) will be heading to MetroPCS. According to the FCC filings the device will offer a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash on its back, a 1.3MP FFC, a 16GB microSD expandable memory slot, 4G LTE connectivity and will likely include a single-core 1.3 GHz processor (likely the first-gen Hummingbird).
MetroPCS today announced that the HTC Wildfire S will be available in stores and online this week for a price of $179.99. This is the first HTC smartphone to land on MetroPCS.
“Through our partnership with MetroPCS, we hope to continue providing our consumers with the affordable, yet advanced, smartphones and multimedia content they demand, all with the flexibility of a pay-in-advance service,.” said Martin Fichter, vice president, product management, HTC Americas.
In addition MetroPCS is going to offer “deep discounts” on 4G LTE Android smartphones with a Black Friday Sale. The good news is that it’s not just limited to Black Friday only. The deals start on Thanksgiving Day, November 24 and run through November 30, 2011.
- Samsung Galaxy Indulge – $199, regularly $299
- Samsung Admire – $79, regularly $129
- Samsung Freeform III – $19, regularly $49
In addition to these deals, they are offering a deal on lines. You can get 4 no annual contract lines for $100 a month, and each line comes with unlimited, talk, text and Web access. If you are looking for a single line, all of these phones are eligible for their no annual contract plans ranging from $40 to $60 per month, which include unlimited talk, text, and Web access. The $60 plan will give you the Rhapsody Unlimited service.
Full press releases after the break:
Thanks to a kindhearted tipster out there, the LG Esteem specs for MetroPCS have been unveiled. Let’s get down to business, details from the leak of this Android Gingerbread 2.3 device include:
- 1GHz Snapdragon processor
- 512MB RAM
- 8GB of internal storage
- 4.3 inch LCD display
- 5-megapixel rear camera (capable of 720P video) and 1.3-megapixel front cam
The LG Esteem will run on Metro PCS’ CDMA/LTE network and the latest version of LG’s Optimus UI. Pricing for the handset is already listed at $349 with a $100 mail-in rebate. Hit the break for a gallery of screen shots courtesy of Android Central.
Thanks to “a source”, the guys over at BGR were fortunate enough to get wind of Samsung’s new SCH-R910. As you can see, the tipster has provided an image for us as well. If this is accurate, then we could be looking at MetroPCS’s very first LTE device. The phone definitely looks to be in line with the Galaxy S devices and is reported to have a radio that supports both CDMA and LTE. Thanks to the image, it looks like the device will at least ship with the firmware version 2.2 (Froyo). We’re sure this will no doubt be accompanied by Samsung’s infamous Touch Wiz UI. Other likely specs, but not yet confirmed, include:
- 1GHz Hummingbird Processor
- 5 Meg Camera
- Micro SD card slot supporting 32GB and possibly up to 64GB
If reports are correct, it looks like Metro PCS could be dropping this device as early as within the first quater. Carrier name and price are unknown at this time. Feel free to leave a comment below and let us know what you think the device should be called.