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Prepaid phone company MetroPCS says it hopes to deploy LTE, the next-generation wireless standard, beginning in 2010, according to Tom Keys, chief operating officer of the company. Keys spoke with me at the MetroPCS headquarters today in Richardson, Texas. While he couldn’t lay out a definite […]

Prepaid phone company MetroPCS says it hopes to deploy LTE, the next-generation wireless standard, beginning in 2010, according to Tom Keys, chief operating officer of the company. Keys spoke with me at the MetroPCS headquarters today in Richardson, Texas. While he couldn’t lay out a definite time frame for the deployment, he said, “It is our desire to deploy LTE in 2010, probably the latter half.”

The company, which operates a CDMA network on AWS and PCS spectrum holdings, is in 14 markets, which is one of the reasons Keys expects the carrier will be able to roll out the network quickly. “We’re nimble,” he said. Company executives affirmed MetroPCS’s LTE plans on its earnings call last week, but didn’t offer up any details as to timing.

The news of such a rapid LTE deployment is a bit odd coming from a carrier that currently doesn’t have a smartphone on offer to customers, but Keys said a phone from a “Canadian smartphone maker” will be coming in the second or third quarter of the year. Currently MetroPCS doesn’t have a data card offering, and Keys wasn’t willing to commit to more details or a time frame for a data card strategy tied to LTE. For now, the company’s focus will be on the handsets, he said. Looks like Verizon might not be the first LTE network in the U.S. for long.

  1. MetroPCS needs to work on their regular service. I don’t know if its their spectrum allocation or what, but they have horrible reception all around San Francisco. Plus, they do love to tack on a bunch of additional fees.

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  2. [...] Gigaom reports that Tom Keys, MetroPCS’ chief operating officer, said the company’s plans are to deploy LTE in 2010, most probably in the second half of the year. [...]

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  3. [...] Three strikes and out is silently dropped. But what next for piracy? SamKnows.com MetroPCS Wants to Deploy LTE in 2010 GigaOm.com BT automatically signs expired customers in for another year TheStandard.com BT [...]

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  4. [...] Gigaom Related PostsThe FCC Reveals the Huawei M328 I don’t know that many people carrying a Huawei [...]

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  5. [...] to the the feed.Well, it looks like MetroPCS is getting a bit aggressive. When speaking with GigaOm’s Stacey Higginbotham, Metro CEO Tom Keys said of his company’s plans: “It is our desire to deploy LTE in [...]

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  6. [...] during the fourth quarter and now serves 5.4 million subscribers. Our friend Stacey Higginbotham at GigaOM notes that MetroPCS will now be pursuing LTE technology in 2010. It would be nice to think they [...]

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  7. Another nail in the coffin for WiMAX in the US. Gee, wonder who that Canadian smartphone maker might be?

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  8. iif they improve their services can be a big rival

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  9. [...] during the fourth quarter and now serves 5.4 million subscribers. Our friend Stacey Higginbotham at GigaOM notes that MetroPCS will now be pursuing LTE technology in 2010. It would be nice to think they [...]

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  10. [...] carrier would carry such devices, which makes sense, given that it’s still early days for deployments of LTE networks. Just one or two carriers are planning network deployments by next [...]

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  12. [...] MetroPCS plans to deploy LTE next year. They do not currently have a smartphone to take advantage yet, but they said that they would be getting a smartphone from a Canadian smartphone maker (why don’t they just say they will be getting a BlackBerry, saying Canadian smartphone maker gave away that information!) later this year: http://gigaom.com/2009/03/03/metropcs-wants-to-deploy-lte-in-2010/ [...]

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  13. [...] With a total of 5.4 million subscribers, MetroPCS is still much smaller than T-Mobile, the smallest of the nationwide carriers in the U.S. However, MetroPCS has an annual revenue per user, or ARPU, of $40, compared to a prepaid ARPU of $23 for T-mobile’s prepaid plans and $54 for T-Mobile’s subscribers who sign up for two-year contracts. Below is an edited version of my conversation with MetroPCS COO Tom Keys about his company, the economy and more on MetroPCS’ LTE plans: [...]

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  14. [...] carrier would carry such devices, which makes sense, given that it’s still early days for deployments of LTE networks. Just one or two carriers are planning network deployments by next [...]

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  15. [...] With a total of 5.4 million subscribers, MetroPCS is still much smaller than T-Mobile, the smallest of the nationwide carriers in the U.S. However, MetroPCS has an annual revenue per user, or ARPU, of $40, compared to a prepaid ARPU of $23 for T-mobile’s prepaid plans and $54 for T-Mobile’s subscribers who sign up for two-year contracts. Below is an edited version of my conversation with MetroPCS COO Tom Keys about his company, the economy and more on MetroPCS’ LTE plans: [...]

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  16. [...] during the fourth quarter and now serves 5.4 million subscribers. Our friend Stacey Higginbotham at GigaOM notes that MetroPCS will now be pursuing LTE technology in 2010. It would be nice to think they [...]

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  17. [...] Three strikes and out is silently dropped. But what next for piracy? SamKnows.com MetroPCS Wants to Deploy LTE in 2010 GigaOm.com BT automatically signs expired customers in for another year TheStandard.com BT [...]

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  18. moses garcia Friday, March 6, 2009

    If they accomplish that, the service will be way better and, will compete with the big four.

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  19. [...] week, MetroPCS COO Tom Keys told us he expected the prepaid carrier to launch a BlackBerry by the second or third quarter of the year. He also told us the carrier would hopefully deploy a [...]

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  20. [...] For more:- see GigaOm [...]

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  21. They are going to be in the top four come next year

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  22. [...] wireless carrier is interesting because it stands to grow during the crappy economy, and because it’s planning on an upgrade to LTE sooner than most of the national [...]

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  23. [...] Inc. (NYSE: PCS) has also entered the U.S. “4G” race and has talked about plans to deploy LTE in 2010. (See MetroPCS Chooses LTE for 4G Wireless [...]

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  24. [...] especially now that LTE is beginning to gain traction? Unlikely! Clearwire and WiMAX seem to have little or no chance of beating Metro PCS, T-Mobile USA, AT&T and Verizon. [...]

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  25. im Loving It! Friday, April 10, 2009

    WoW!! Is it Me or is Metro PCS moving Way Too FasT! Its GREAT!!

    i Love Unlimited With THem!

    The CoveraGE IS gOOD & sERVICE PLANS aRE gREAt!!

    & nOW WITH iTS tOUCH sREEN & bLACKbERRY oUT!! pLeaasssee!!! gOODbYE tO 1 oF THE bIG 4..

    i PERSONALLY thINK oNE oF THE bIG 4 wILL gO bANKRUPT OR MERGE WITH OTTHER CARRIERS BECAUSE mETRO pCS IS eXPANING lIKE fIre!!

    LOL LIKE nEXTEL wHEN IT WENT tO sPRINT!! TALK ABOUT bANKRUPT LOL

    go metro pcs!! i love it!!

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    1. Based on how crappy u type and the free ad……TROLL ALERT

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  26. I read on HowardForums that our current Metro BlackBerry Curves have 4G chipsets built in, but need a firmware upgrade to activate them. I hope this is true, as I really love my Berry and don’t want to get a new phone.

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  27. [...] network launch matches the LTE deployment time frame I learned of in March after a conversation with Tom Keys, MetroPCS’s COO, when he brought up [...]

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  28. From what i heard is that, they are trying to Deploy LTE by December of 2010.

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    1. actually its gunna come out late summer , i work for metroPCS (authorized dealer) but im cool with the Metro Rep. and he told me some stuff and he said that 4g will be released late summer not confirmed yet, but it will be ” THE FIRST COMPANY TO BRING OUT 4G IT WILL BEAT VERIZON WIRELESS” ( THAT’S HOW TOLD US HE WAS SUPER HAPPY)

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  29. ummm at the fair yesterday some body stole my phone and metro didt cover it so im mad at that cus i spent 60 bucks of my hard erd money so yea dont buy metro but on the other hand you do want to buy metro cus they got a good plan but you dont wanna buy metro cus there phone cost a loooottt and there phones are jacked up dang

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  30. does anyone know if metro pcs will be comming out with another blackberry?

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    1. I went to a Metro store yesterday to get de BB curve and they told me that they don’t have anymore because is discontinued. They also told me that Metro is going to get a new BB soon. Then, they said “we can look if they have it in another store (for the curve)”. Haha. After what they told me i prefer to wait!

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  31. tatyanna your stupid ass should’ve had I N S U R A N C E!!!

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  32. What they’re talking about ? They didn’t even launch 3G network which they had announced some day on 2007 and now they’re saying
    about LTE deployment this year. All of this doesn’t sound serious to me.

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  33. I heard all this talk about metro i been a customer 5 years and they r about as slow on everything like service went to the corp office to replace my bb8330 and now 4 weeks later still no call. went by there or sorry forgot to place you order,and the samsung i was told to be release in 2nd half what is their 2nd half

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  34. udontneed2know Tuesday, June 8, 2010

    i really hope that they get this! oh and F*** U Ganjaman!!!

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  35. Pedro I hope what you say is true, cause i went to the store and they told me it was in december. Probably not to major cities like miami or new York, but if they can do it in the late summer then they will be finish before the end of 2010.

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  36. [...] Cowboys will soon have at least four LTE networks. Along with AT&T, Dallas-based Metro PCS is expected to roll out an LTE network in the next month, followed eventually by LightSquared, the [...]

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  37. [...] video for a cost-sensitive customer base that could leave at any time. So for those of us eagerly tracking the spread of faster mobile networks, MetroPCS’ move and how it’s going about rolling out the network — from the [...]

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