Metro PCS Introduces Roaming
Apr 18, 2006, 11:33 AM by (staff)
Metro PCS, a flat rate carrier that has built its business on customers who stayed within the confines of one local network, is finally setting its subscribers loose. The carrier today introduced TravelTalk, an add-on to its plans which allows subscribers to roam in any US metro area. If the subscriber travels to another Metro PCS city, there is no additional charge for the calls, otherwise calls cost between 49 and 79 cents per minute. A message displayed on the phone's screen will alert users to the cost of calls when they are roaming. Metro PCS also announced it has just launched service in Detroit, the carrier's 8th metro area.
T-Mobile to Shutter MetroPCS Network in Select Cities July 1
MetroPCS, which is owned and operated by T-Mobile, has begun notifying customers in Las Vegas and New England that it will turn off MetroPCS's legacy CDMA network on July 1. A landing page on the company's web site recommends that MetroPCS customers in Las Vegas and New England go to a MetroPCS store to exchange their current handset for one that will work on T-Mobile's HSPA+/LTE networks instead.
Sprint Says It Has Improved NYC Network Performance
Sprint today talked up coverage improvements it has made across New York City. For example, using two-channel carrier aggregation Sprint has doubled the download speeds and capacity of its 2.5 GHz cell sites around the metropolitan area.
MetroPCS CDMA Network to Go Dark in June
T-Mobile intends to shutter MetroPCS' legacy CDMA network by late June, according to information on the carrier's web site. The company recently said it had three major metro markets — and about 500,000 customers — still using its CDMA network.
T-Mobile Customers Can Now Roam In Cuba
T-Mobile today kicked off roaming cellular service in Cuba. T-Mobile customers will be able to use their T-Mobile phones to make calls, send messages, and surf the 'net when traveling in the Caribbean island nation.
New Yorkers Can Now Buy Train Tickets From Smartphones
Commuters who ride select Long Island Railroad or Metro-North routes can use the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's new eTix app to purchase, activate, and use train tickets. The MTA says mobile ticketing is available to those who ride LIRR's Port Washington branch or Metro-North's Hudson Line, with support for all branches/lines due by the end of August.
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