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MetroPCS partners with Rhapsody to offer unlimited music in its rate plans

Brad Molen

Now this is our idea of innovative competition. MetroPCS is partnering with Rhapsody to add another "unlimited" to its all-you-can-eat plan: music. Rather than being charged a monthly subscription charge to receive access to the service's massive catalog of 12 million tunes, customers will get the same service -- that's playing, streaming, and even downloading tracks -- without any additional charge on their monthly plan. So far, the service is only available for the carrier's Android lineup, so head on over to the Market to download the app. Before you begin downloading music left and right, however, you'll want to sign up for the feature online or over the phone. As other companies are taking away or throttling unlimited plans, it's refreshing to see one that's actually adding services to theirs. Full press release after the break.

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MetroPCS and Rhapsody Partner to Deliver "Music for All"

The no-annual-contract wireless carrier and on-demand music provider bring unlimited music to MetroPCS customers

DALLAS – (August 17, 2011) – MetroPCS Communications, Inc. (NYSE: PCS) and Rhapsody®, the leading on-demand music service, today announced the availability of an unlimited mobile music experience for MetroPCS customers. Starting today, MetroPCS Android customers can plug into unlimited music with MetroPCS' new Rhapsody Unlimited Music service with access to more than 12 million songs in Rhapsody's vast music catalog.

Rhapsody Unlimited Music is available on MetroPCS Android handsets with the $60 monthly rate plan from MetroPCS, which in addition to Rhapsody Unlimited Music, offers unlimited talk, text, and Web access and other unique features like MetroNavigator, Pocket Express and Visual Voice Mail Plus – all taxes and fees included, and all without a long-term contract. Music lovers can now play, download and stream as many songs as they want, free from the per-track charges that come with most other music download services.

"Our customers want a rich entertainment experience, and music tops their charts. With the addition of the Rhapsody service, MetroPCS takes yet another step to deliver premium service at an unmatched value," said Tom Keys, president and COO of MetroPCS. "Rhapsody Unlimited Music service not only delivers 'music for all' but also gives consumers convenient access to their music collections on our expanding portfolio of Android devices."

With Rhapsody, MetroPCS customers can easily manage their music, allowing them to create and sync playlists on their smartphones and personal computers, share them with friends via Facebook and Twitter, as well as get individual songs or entire albums. No matter if they are a fan of hip hop and R&B, country or jazz, customers can use Rhapsody and its original editorial content to keep up with their favorite artists, discover new ones and share and enjoy music with friends and other users.

"We are excited about offering MetroPCS customers the opportunity to enjoy a dynamic digital music experience at such an incredible value," said Jon Irwin, president of Rhapsody. "Rhapsody Unlimited Music is an affordable and personalized service that aligns with MetroPCS' proposition of delivering the freedom, flexibility and overall value that people demand."

For customers interested in learning more about MetroPCS' Rhapsody Unlimited Music service visit Signing up online is easy - first choose the $60 MetroPCS rate plan with Rhapsody Unlimited Music service and then download the Rhapsody app from the @metro App store or the Android Market. Open the app to enter an email address and password to begin listening. Customers can also sign up in store or by calling 1-888-8metro8.

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