METROPCS FACT SHEET
Dallas-based MetroPCS Communications, Inc. is a provider of unlimited
wireless communications service for a flat-rate with no annual contract.
MetroPCS is the fifth largest facilities-based wireless carrier in the United States
based on number of subscribers served. With Metro USA℠, MetroPCS
customers can use their services in areas throughout the United States covering
a population of over 280 million people. As of September 30, 2011, MetroPCS
had over 9.1 million subscribers.
MetroPCS was established in 1996 as General Wireless, Inc., by Roger D.
Linquist and Malcolm Lorang, both of whom were previously executives with
revolutionary wireless provider PageMart Wireless. The company changed its
name to MetroPCS Communications, Inc. in 1998 to better reflect the
company’s goal of providing affordable, unlimited wireless services in major
metropolitan areas across the country for consumers traditionally underserved
by existing wireless carriers.
Services and Devices
In January 2010, MetroPCS launched its Wireless for All℠ family of unlimited
talk, text and Web service plans in which taxes and regulatory fees are included
in the flat-rate cost. The monthly rate plans range from $40 to $60 per month
and provide consumers with simple and predictable wireless services.
The company was one of the first carriers in North America to deploy 4G services
and phones for customers via a next-generation LTE network. MetroPCS rolledout 4G
LTE services in all of its core markets by March 2011 and will continue
building out its networks through the end of the year.
MetroPCS has a full spectrum of phones for every budget and lifestyle, including
smartphones, messaging devices and feature handsets. The company’s
extensive portfolio of handsets includes phones from leading manufacturers like
Huawei, Kyocera, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Research In Motion, Samsung and ZTE.
MetroPCS delivers its products and services through a network of corporateowned stores and authorized reseller locations across the United States.
MetroPCS products and services are also available at national retailers and
chains including Best Buy and Walmart and Michigan-based Meijer.