T-Mobile today announced that the Alcatel OneTouch Evolve and OneTouch Fierce will also be available under the MetroPCS brand. Both phones are already available for sale at T-Mobile stores. MetroPCS is selling the Evolve for $59.99 and the Fierce for $99.99. Both can be paired with no-contract monthly plans that start at $40.
MetroPCS today announced that the Samsung Galaxy Mega will be available online and in stores beginning November 25. The Galaxy Mega, which features a 6.3-inch display, and will run on T-Mobile's HSPA+/LTE networks. Service plans start as low as $40 per month. The full retail price of the Mega is $499. MetroPCS will offer existing customers a $100 rebate, dropping the final price to $399. New customers will be able to apply an additional $50 rebate to drop the final cost to $349. The rebates will only be available for a limited time. MetroPCS also indicated that its service is available in 15 more markets today, with the total reaching 45.
MetroPCS today announced the immediate availability of the Kyocera Hydro XTRM. The XTRM is a rugged, waterproof Android smartphone. It has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Kyocera's Smart Sonic Receiver technology, a 4.0-inch 800 x 480 impact-resistant touchscreen, and a 5.0-megapixel camera with LED flash. The device also supports LTE 4G. MetroPCS is selling the Hydro XTRM for $169. MetroPCS does not require contracts.
T-Mobile today announced that its MetroPCS prepaid brand will be available in 15 more markets beginning November 21, pushing the total to 45. Rather than operate on MetroPCS' actual network, new MetroPCS customers' devices operate on T-Mobile's GSM/HSPA+ network. T-Mobile says there are already 1.5 million such customers. Some of the new markets include Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Denver, Colo.; Louisville, Ky.; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Pittsburgh, Pa. In addition to the new markets, T-Mobile said all 45 of the MetroPCS regions launched this year have access to its LTE 4G network. T-Mobile has been building out its LTE 4G network aggressively this year.
MetroPCS today announced that the LG Optimus F6 is available online and in stores across the country for $199. The F6 runs Android 4.1 and has a 4.5-inch screen, 5-megapixel camera, dual-core 1.2GHz processor, and HSPA+/LTE. MetroPCS doesn't require contracts and offers plans that start at $40 per month.
Verizon Communications and the Federal Communications Commission will face off in court beginning today over the FCC's net neutrality rules. The FCC proposed rules concerning how internet traffic should be handled. Verizon contends that the FCC does not have the authority to enact such regulatory measures and that it should have greater control over its own network. The FCC's rules, which went into effect in late 2011, say that most traffic (whether it be video, voice, or other) should be unmanaged except in rare cases wherein the network provider must do so to protect its network and assets. Other carriers, such as MetroPCS, originally opposed the FCC's rules, but most have dropped their official opposition, leaving Verizon to stand alone. In addition to the regulatory angle against the FCC, Verizon is also playing a First Amendment card. It suggests that "broadband providers possess editorial discretion" since they are responsible for transmitting the speech of others. Opening arguments for the case are slotting to commend today. The trial, being heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, will likely take several weeks to unfold.
MetroPCS recently added the Huawei Valiant to its roster of Android smartphones. This bar-style device, which is available from the MetroPCS web site for $79 without a contract, features a 4.0-inch display with Gorilla Glass and a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor. The Valiant also has a 3-megapixel camera that also captures video, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 2GB of internal memory, and support for microSD cards up to 32GB. The Huawei Valiant is powered by a 1750mAh battery and runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
MetroPCS stores recently added the Huawei Pal to their lineup of simple feature phones. The Pal, also referred to as the U2800, is a bar-style phone that features a 1.8-inch screen with 160 x 128 pixels and a 900mAh battery. The Pal runs Brew and includes basic messaging and web apps.
Samsung today provided details about the SGH-T189N, called the Freeform M, for MetroPCS. The Freeform M is a QWERTY-equipped feature phone. It includes a 2.4-inch display with 240 x 320 pixels and a 2-megapixel camera with video capture. The Freeform M supports microSD cards up to 32GB and accepts some voice commands. The Freeform M runs on T-Mobile's GSM network, not MetroPCS's CDMA network. It does not include support for the T-Mobile / MetroPCS LTE 4G network. Other features include GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and a 1,000mAh Litium Ion battery. The Freeform M is not yet for sale on the MetroPCS web site, so pricing and availability details remain unknown.
Both T-Mobile and MetoPCS have recently added the Alcatel 768 to their respective rosters. The 768 is an entry-level flip phone that runs on T-Mobile's GSM network. The 768 has a 2.4-inch main display with 240 by 320 pixels and a secondary display on the front that displays the time and other status indicators. The 768 features a 2-megapixel camera, FM radio, Bluetooth, GPS, and support for T-Mobile's HSPA+ network. The device does not require a downpayment with T-Mobile's equipment installment plan, but will add $3 per month to the service plan cost. MetroPCS is selling the Alcatel 768 outright for $49.
T-Mobile today expanded the reach of its MetroPCS brand by launching it in 15 new markets. The additional markets for MetroPCS largely overlay the existing footprint of rival Cricket Wireless, and include Birmingham, Ala.; Fresno and San Diego, Calif.; Tallahassee, Fla.; New Orleans, La.; Baltimore, Md.; Akron, Cleveland, Sandusky, and Toledo, Ohio; Memphis, Tenn.; Austin, Corpus Christi, Houston, Rio Grande Valley, and San Antonio, Texas; Seattle and Tacoma, Wash.; and Washington, D.C. Though T-Mobile will set up MetroPCS retail shops in these markets, the MetroPCS stores will actually be selling devices that run on T-Mobile's network, including the Nokia Lumia 521 for $99 and the LG Optimus F3 for $149. Customers in these markets may also bring their own, unlocked GSM handset to use on the Metro/T-Mobile network. Prepaid plans start at $40 per month for unlimited voice and messaging, and 500MB of data.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 will be available at some MetroPCS stores beginning today for $549 without a contract. The device operates on T-Mobile's network, even though it is being sold under the MetroPCS brand. That means it is compatible with T-Mobile's HSPA+/LTE networks. MetroPCS is launching the GS4 in a limited number of markets (Atlanta, Boston, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Hartford, Las Vegas, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco) though it will see a broader launch in the coming weeks. MetroPCS does not require contracts and monthly service plans for the GS4 start at $40 per month.
MetroPCS today announced that it has initiated sales of HSPA+ based smartphones in its retail stores. Earlier this week, MetroPCS began accepting unlocked HSPA+ phones in several markets, including Boston, Hartford, Las Vegas, and Dallas, and today announced that it is selling the LG L9 and Samsung Galaxy Exhibit as the first two HSPA+ phones. The company is working to switch its CDMA-based customers over to GSM-based devices, which run on T-Mobile's network rather that MetroPCS' as it integrates the two. MetroPCS will begin selling an HSPA+ and LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy S III on June 17. The company did not say when it expects to broaden the availability of these first HSPA+ phones and the BYOD service beyond the first few markets.
MetroPCS today launched a new bring-your-own-device offering in several cities, with plans to expand the service later. MetroPCS is now allowing people with GSM-based Android smartphones and select versions of the Apple iPhone to bring their unlocked device into MetroPCS stores and sign up for MetroPCS service. Though the customers will be billed by MetroPCS, their device will actually run on T-Mobile's GSM-based network and not MetroPCS's CDMA-based network. The offering is first available in Boston, Dallas, Hartford, and Las Vegas. MetroPCS didn't say when the program might be expanded. T-Mobile USA acquired MetroPCS earlier this year and said it planned to transition new and existing MetroPCS customers from Metro's CDMA network to its own GSM network.
The Federal Communications Commission today indicated that T-Mobile USA has dropped a lawsuit filed against the FCC by the former MetroPCS. T-Mobile acquired MetroPCS earlier this month. The aim of the lawsuit was to scuttle the FCC's Open Internet rules. On his last day in office, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said, "The FCC's widely supported open Internet framework has contributed to healthy growth in innovation and investment across the U.S. broadband economy. Since 2010, our strong and balanced rules have been protecting entrepreneurs and consumers, and have increased certainty and predictability for investors in Internet services as well as networks. The ongoing litigation – now pursued by a single company – only serves to reduce that certainty and predictability. I applaud T-Mobile's decision to withdraw from this litigation." Verizon Wireless is now the only company actively pursuing litigation against the FCC and its rules.
T-Mobile plans to aggressively expand the reach of MetroPCS' network footprint by 100 million points of presence over the next six quarters. The network will expand to 15 major metropolitan areas quickly, though the markets and exact timing were not revealed. T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter, speaking to investors, said that T-Mobile and MetroPCS have already finalized the integration of their back-office systems. T-Mobile will be pushing HSPA+ and LTE devices to MetroPCS stores within weeks. These devices will be sold under Metro's brand, but will operate on T-Mobile's network. Carter said that T-Mobile beat its mid-year goal of covering 170 million POPs with HSPA+ in its 1900MHz spectrum, and will easily hit 200 million by the end of the year. Braxton also indicated that T-Mobile will cover 100 million POPs with LTE by mid-year, and 200 million by year's end.
T-Mobile USA today announced that it has closed its merger with MetroPCS. Moving forward, the company will be known as T-Mobile US, Inc., and the combined entity will begin trading under the New York Stock Exchange today. The company will remain headquartered in Bellevue, Wash., but will maintain significant operations in Richardson, Texas, which is MetroPCS's home base. The new company will be run by John Legere, who will serve as President and CEO. J. Braxton Carter, from MetroPCS, will take over duties as the CFO. T-Mobile will continue to operate both brands separately, but T-Mobile will slowly begin to move new MetoPCS customers to handsets that operate on T-Mobile's network. T-Mobile US, Inc. claims to have 43 million subscribers. It now covers 301 million POPs with its combined network, of which it says 228 million have access to 4G (in this case, HSPA+). T-Mobile expects to cover 200 million POPs with LTE by the end of the year. The combined companies' spectrum will give it 20+20MHz channels of 4G LTE in approximately 90% of the top 25 metro regions around the country. "The combination of T-Mobile and MetroPCS creates an even stronger disruptive force in the U.S. wireless market," said John Legere. "Together, as America's Un-carrier, we'll continue our legacy of marketplace innovation by tearing up the old playbook and rewriting the rules of wireless to benefit consumers."
MetroPCS shareholders today have voted in favor of merging with T-Mobile USA, reports Bloomberg. Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile's parent company) improved the terms of the deal for MetroPCS earlier this month, and MetroPCS' board has already approved it. The deal also has full U.S. regulatory approval. Now that the shareholders have voted in favor of the deal, T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS can finalize their merger. Deutsche Telekom said it expects the deal to close by May 1. "This is a major step for Deutsche Telekom," said Rene Obermann, CEO of Deutsche Telekom. "The merger with MetroPCS is extremely important, since it enables us to be more aggressive in the USA."
MetroPCS' board of directors has reviewed the revised merger bid from Deutsche Telekom and unanimously approved the merger under the new terms. Deutsche Telekom amended the terms of the merger agreement such that it includes less debt and a better interest rate after it appeared that MetroPCS investors might vote down the proposed merger. Deutsche Telekom called the revised terms its "best and final offer." The merger has already been approved by the government and is awaiting a MetroPCS shareholder vote. The vote was originally to take place April 12, but was rescheduled to April 24 to give shareholders more time to consider the revised terms.
MetroPCS responded to Deutsche Telekom's improved merger offer Wednesday by delaying the key shareholder vote originally scheduled for April 12. MetroPCS delayed the vote until April 24 to give its shareholders time to consider the improved deal. Deutsche Telekom reduced the amount of debt that will be owed by the merged MetroPCS/T-Mobile entity to DT by $3.8 billion, and also lowered the interest rate on the loan. DT said this was its "best and final offer." The offer was improved due to resistance among MetroPCS shareholders over the original terms of the deal. The deal has already earned regulatory approval.
Deutsche Telekom today put forth its "best and final offer" to MetroPCS today in hopes of gaining shareholder favor. MetroPCS investors are prepared to vote on the merger, which has full U.S. government approval, on April 12. Several large investors are unhappy with the original terms of the deal and have been pushing other shareholders to reject the deal. In today's adjustment, Deutsche Telekom offered to reduce some of the debt owed by T-Mobile/MetroPCS to Deutsche Telekom by $3.8 billion, and it also dropped the interest rate for the loan. "This lower rate reflects the new capital structure of the combined company, the improved capital markets environment in recent months, and the interest rate level of MetroPCS newly issued $3.5 billion of bonds priced in March," said Deutsche Telekom. MetroPCS's largest shareholders have yet to officially respond to the new terms.
Dyle mobile TV is now available in three more markets, improving its total reach to 57% of Americans. According to Dyle, customers in Baltimore, Jacksonville, and Salt Lake City now have access to its mobile TV service, which offers 116 stations across 39 markets. In addition to the network expansion, Dyle has signed another broadcasting group, Sinclair, which runs a number of NBC and CBS affiliates in major markets around the country. Dyle mobile TV is available on the Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G, which is sold by MetroPCS. Dyle uses ATSC-M/H, a special mobile variant of the same technology used for over-the-air digital TV broadcasts. Dyle TV content is free to access with the proper equipment.
MetroPCS today announced the Huawei Premia 4G, a new Android smartphone that costs just $149. The Premia boasts a 4-inch 800 x 480 pixel display and a dual-core 1.5GHz processor with 1GB of RAM. The Premia features a 5-megapixel main camera with LED flash and 720p HD video capture, as well as a 1.3-megapixel user-facing camera. It is compatible with MetroPCS' joyn messaging service, and ships with Rhapsody preinstalled. Other features include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, and support for MetroPCS' LTE 4G network. The Huawei Premia 4G runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and is available online and in stores beginning today.
T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS today announced that their planned merger has received approval from all the necessary governmental bodies. On Wednesday, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States informed T-Mobile and MetroPCS that it saw no national security issues that might arise due to the transaction, and thereby concluded its review. The Federal Communications Commission and Department of Justice have both already given their approval of the deal. The merger now hinges on a MetroPCS shareholder vote, which is set to take place April 12. MetroPCS is urging its shareholders to vote in favor of the transaction.
The Federal Communications Commission today approved T-Mobile's request to purchased MetroPCS in a reverse merger. After reviewing the applications by T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS, the FCC believes the merger will, overall, be good for consumers in the U.S. "We find that the transaction is not likely to result generally in competitive or other public interest harms," said the FCC in a statement. "In addition, to the extent there may be some possible competitive harms in selected geographic areas, we find that these possible competitive harms are outweighed by certain public interest benefits likely to result from the proposed transaction. Such benefits include the facilitation of Long Term Evolution deployment, the expansion of the MetroPCS brand into new geographical markets, the development of a more robust, national network, improved quality of service, and the strengthening of the fourth largest nationwide service provider's ability to compete in the mobile broadband services market." Separately, FCC chairman Julius Genachowski said, "With today's approval, America's mobile market continues to strengthen, moving toward robust competition and revitalized competitors. Today's action will benefit millions of American consumers and help the U.S maintain the global leadership in mobile it has regained in recent years." The Justice Department also recently green-lighted the deal, which now hinges on a MetroPCS shareholder vote.
The U.S. Department of Justice today indicated that it approves of T-Mobile USA's plan to merge with MetroPCS. Technically, the Justice Department allowed the shot clock, during which it would voice any formal objections or block the merger, to run out without fileding any complaints or taking any action against the merger. In so doing, the merger has been given approval. T-Mobile USA's planned merger with MetroPCS still needs to pass muster with the Federal Communications Commission and MetroPCS' stockholders. Some of MetroPCS's investors have recently indicated they will not approve the merger, but Deutsche Telekom, parent company of T-Mobile USA, believes the merger will proceed as planned. MetroPCS has scheduled a shareholder vote on the merger for April 12. The Justice Department has taken a more active role in approving mergers in the wireless industry in recent years, and in 2011 blocked AT&T from acquiring T-Mobile USA. The DoJ's approval of the T-Mobile/MetroPCS deal means it sees little or no downside to consumers or the competitive market as a whole.
MetroPCS and T-Mobile face dissension among the shareholder ranks. MetroPCS shareholder John Paulson, who manages a hedge fund through Paulson & Co., notified MetroPCS today that he intends to vote against the proposed merger. Paulson's fund holds a 9.9% stake in MetroPCS. Paulson's decision follows a similar one by P. Schoenfeld, which owns a 2.3% stake in the company. The two shareholders believe that MetroPCS can negotiate a better acquisition deal with companies other than Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile USA's parent company. MetroPCS and T-Mobile are still confident the deal will garner the support from the majority of shareholders, as well as the federal government.
MetroPCS today filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission concerning T-Mobile USA's proposed acquisition of the company. MetroPCS has scheduled a shareholder vote for March 28, and it is urging shareholders to approve the deal. "After a multi-year, thorough review of MetroPCS' options, with the assistance of independent financial and legal advisors, the MetroPCS board determined that this proposed combination is the best strategic alternative for our stockholders," said MetroPCS. Together, MetroPCS shareholders will receive about $1.5 billion in cash along with shares of the new company. The deal has yet to receive U.S. regulatory approval.
MetroPCS today announced the LG Spirit 4G, a new Android smartphone that has a 4.5-inch display protected by Gorilla Glass. The Spirit runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor. The Spirit has a 5-megapixel main camera that can take 1080p HD video, and a 1.3-megapixel user-facing camera for video chats. The Spirit features LG's QuickMemo application, which lets users take screen shots and compose memos on the. The Spirit supports MetroPCS' joyn messaging service, which can be used for instant messaging and calling via Wi-Fi. The LG Spirit 4G is available beginning today for $199 after a $70 mail-in rebate.
MetroPCS today announced new service plans that it hopes will make it easier for customers to pick the plan that's right for them. All the plans offer unlimited voice minutes and unlimited domestic messaging. The least expensive plan now costs $40 per month and offers 500MB of 4G speed. The middle option includes 2.5GB of 4G speed. The high-end plan offers unlimited 4G data for $60 per month. There is also an optional service bundle available. The bundle costs $5 per month and adds visual voicemail, call forwarding, international messaging, voicemail-to-text, directory assistance, 30 minutes of voice roaming, and caller ID. The plans are available beginning today and can be paired with most of MetroPCS's handsets.
Deutsche Telekom today announced that CEO Rene Obermann will vacate his leadership post in December 2013. The company has already announced that current CFO Timotheus Höttges will succeed Obermann after he leaves. Obermann has been CEO of Deutsche Telekom for seven years, and with the firm for a total of 16 years. Obermann will work closely with Höttges to ensure a smooth transition. Deutsche Telekom is the parent company of T-Mobile USA. Obermann played a vital role in attempting to sell T-Mobile USA to AT&T in 2011, and later merging the company with MetroPCS. The MetroPCS merger should be finalized by mid-2013, before Obermann's departure.
MetroPCS today announced the ZTE Avid 4G, an entry-level Android smartphone. The Avid runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and includes a 4-inch display with 800 x 480 pixels. Features of the Avid include a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, and 5-megapixel rear camera for imaging, and VGA front camera for video chats. The Avid can be used as a mobile hotspot, and supports MetroPCS's joyn messaging platform. It is available online and in stores beginning today for $149. It does not require a contract. MetroPCS is offering reduced-rate LTE 4G plans for a limited time, which range from $30 to $55 per month.
Cricket Wireless and MetroPCS have both begun offering handset financing programs that allow customers to pay off cell phone purchases over time. Both companies are working with a firm called Progressive Finance, which pays the carrier for the handset and then collects payments from the subscriber for their phone. According to Cricket Wireless, its financing program will cover up to 90% of the cost of a handset and then allow customers to pay for it over a maximum of nine months. Leap's Tyler Wallis, senior vice president of marketing and product development said, "We're really excited about it. Consumers are really excited about our rate plans, but they're struggling with the fact that an iPhone 5 is $500 upfront." MetroPCS did not provide details concerning its financing plan. In either case, the financing company does not perform a credit check. Cricket Wireless and MetroPCS do not require contracts. T-Mobile USA recently announced the end of device subsidies. Its program works differently in that customers make a downpayment on the cost of their cell phone up front and then make a monthly payment for it to T-Mobile throughout the life of their service contract.
MetroPCS today announced the Samsung Galaxy Admire 4G, a revised version of the Admire that includes support for MetroPCS's LTE 4G network. Other improvements compared to the original boost the processor speed from 800MHz to 1GHz, and increase the screen size from 3.5 inches to 3.6 inches. The Admire 4G also includes a 3-megapixel main camera and VGA user-facing camera, and MetroPCS's joyn rich messaging service. The Admire 4G runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It is available online starting today and in stores tomorrow for $169.
MetroPCS today indicated that its joyn service can now be used on a wider range of its Android handsets. The service initially launched on the Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G. It now also works on the Samsung Galaxy S III and S Lightray 4G; the LG Connect 4G and Motion 4G; the ZTE Anthem 4G; and the Coolpad Quattro 4G. Joyn is a standards-based Android application that collects and merges messaging services, such as IM and SMS. The app lets users conduct threaded text conversations and supports presence, which lets users know when their friends are available. It also makes it easier to share photo and video content when the user is on an active phone call (this is traditionally not possible on CDMA-based devices). Last, it lets MetroPCS customers make voice and video calls to other joyn users via Wi-Fi.
The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a request with the Federal Communications Commission asking the agency to "defer action" with respect to T-Mobile USA's proposed merger with MetroPCS. The Justice Department, along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security, are "reviewing this matter for any national security, law enforcement, and public safety issues." These agencies have yet to complete their reviews and are asking that the FCC refrain from taking any action (whether approving or disapproving) the deal before the agencies have a chance to submit their own results. The FCC began is 180-day review of the deal in October and is officially on day 32 of its review. The FCC has yet to indicate if it will halt the timeclock for the review, or simply wait until the other agencies complete their own reviews before it takes any action.
MetroPCS today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice has filed an official request for more information from the prepaid carrier concerning its pending merger with T-Mobile USA. According to MetroPCS, it will comply with the order and turn over whatever documents the government requests. It said the net effect of the request will be to extend the regulatory review period by about 30 days, as long as all parties (MetroPCS, T-Mobile USA, and Deutsche Telekom) comply with the order and submit the necessary documentation. MetroPCS noted that the deal still needs to meet shareholder approval, but it expects that shareholders and the government will greenlight the transaction so that it might close by the middle of 2013.
Cricket today announced the addition of two Android smartphones to its lineup. The LG Optimus Regard is a rebadged version of the LG Motion 4G, which is sold by MetroPCS. The Regard features a 3.5-inch display with 480 x 320 pixels, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 5-megapixel main camera, and VGA user-facing camera. It ships with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and is the first smartphone to support Cricket's LTE 4G network. It is available starting today online and in stores for $249.99. Cricket also said the Samsung Galaxy S III will be available in the coming weeks. It will cost $549.99.
Verizon Wireless and MetroPCS are appealing a court decision regarding the Federal Communications Commission's mobile broadband regulations, which went into effect in December 2011. Verizon and MetroPCS argue that the FCC has overstepped its mandate with legislation that prevents network operators from managing certain types of network traffic. Verizon and MetroPCS make four main arguments. First, the Telecommunications Act "expressly forbids the FCC from applying common-carrier regulation to broadband Internet access, but the rules do just that." Second, the FCC lacks statutory authority to implement any such rules. Third, the rules are unconstitutional and violate the First Amendment. Verizon and MetroPCS argue, "Broadband networks are the modern-day microphone by which their owners engage in First Amendment speech." Last, Verizon and MetroPCS maintain that the rules are "arbitrary and capricious." The rules were put into effect last year to prevent network operators from selectively controlling apps, services, and other functions that require mobile and wired broadband connections.
MetroPCS today launched Rich Communication Services, or RCS, under the joyn brand. Joyn is a standards-based Android application that collects and merges messaging services, such as IM and SMS. The app lets users conduct threaded text conversations and supports presence, which lets users know when their friends are available. It also makes it easier to share photo and video content when the user is on an active phone call (this is traditionally not possible on CDMA-based devices). Last, it lets MetroPCS customers make voice and video calls to other joyn users via Wi-Fi. The service will first be available on the Samsung Galaxy Attain. MetroPCS said 10 more handsets will be joyn-enabled by the end of November. The service is meant to coax users into using the carrier-branded messaging tools rather than replacement services from the likes of Skype, iMessage, Google Talk, and others.