MetroPCS GSM service to 15 new markets. T-Mobile acquired MetroPCS just two months ago and is planning to rapidly migrate Metro's service and customers from Metro's legacy CDMA network to T-Mobile's core GSM and LTE technology.
The new GSM markets are :
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; and Washington, DC.
Today's additions bring the total number of MetroPCS GSM markets to 23. GSM service launched previously in Boston, Dallas, Las Vegas, Hartford CT, New York City, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Atlanta.
Also announced were two new MetroPCS GSM phones, the Nokia Lumia 521 and the LG Optimus F3. They will be available starting tomorrow in select MetroPCS stores.
The LG F3 is new to the T-Mobile stable. it's a dual core Android Jelly Bean LTE phone with a four inch WVGA screen, 5 MP main camera and a VGA front facing camera. It will be available july 26 for $149.00.
MetroPCS already sells the Samsung Galaxy S III, LG Optimus L9 and Samsung Galaxy Exhibit GSM phones. SIMs are also available and MetroPCS is running ads urging AT&T customers to bring their AT&T phones, including iPhones to Metro.
MetroPCS offers the following plans. Prices include all taxes and fees.
|$40 Unlimited Talk, Text and Data||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited (speed reduced after 500 MB)|
|$50 Unlimited Talk, Text and Data||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited (speed reduced after 2.5 GB)|
|$60 Unlimited Talk, Text and Data||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited, Unthrottled|
Update 7/25: MetroPCS EVO and COO Tom Keys told FierceWireless today that 13 of the 15 new GSM markets are current Cricket markets that are new to MetroPCS. He also said that it will take until Sept 1 for MetroPCS stores to be established and stocked in these new markets.