MetroPCS adds Lumia 521 and Optimus F3, covers 19 new cities

If you've been holding out for a new $40/month smartphone, you're in luck. We're not even three months separated from T-Mobile's MetroPCS acquisition and the value carrier is already reaping benefits from Ms. Magenta. The Bring-Your-Own-Phone carrier is getting its first Windows 8 Phone handset, the HSPA+ Nokia Lumia 521, and the Jelly Bean-running LG Optimus F3. Both phones feature 5MP cameras, July 26th street dates for select markets and attractive pricing -- the 521 is $99, while the F3 is $149. The news doesn't stop rolling there, either.

Not only is the wireless provider's device lineup expanding, but its coverage area is too. Metro's availability is growing to 19 additional cities (listed after the break), including Washington, DC; Cleveland, Ohio and Fresno, California. Sadly, the embedded press releases don't mention the most important aspect of all: whether you can get the F3 in a Grimace-worthy hue.

MetroPCS' new markets

  • Baltimore, MD

  • Birmingham, Ala.

  • Cleveland and Akron, Ohio

  • Corpus Christi, Texas

  • Fresno, Calif.

  • Houston, Texas

  • Memphis, Tenn.

  • New Orleans, LA

  • Rio Grande Valley, Texas

  • San Antonio and Austin, Texas

  • San Diego, Calif.

  • Seattle and Tacoma, Wash.

  • Tallahassee, Fla.

  • Toledo and Sandusky, Ohio

  • Washington, DC

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MetroPCS Broadens 4G Smartphone Lineup with Addition of New Nokia, LG Phones and Access to Nationwide 4G Network

Nokia Lumia 521 is MetroPCS' First Windows Phone 8 Smartphone; LG Optimus F3™ Adds LTE to Popular Optimus Line

BELLEVUE, Wash., July 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In conjunction with the expansion of its MetroPCS brand into 15 new markets, T-Mobile US, Inc. (NYSE: TMUS) is tomorrow introducing two new smartphones to the brand's 4G portfolio: the LG Optimus F3™ and the Nokia Lumia 521. These devices can be paired with MetroPCS' affordable 4G service plans, featuring unlimited data, talk and text – taxes and regulatory fees included – starting at just '$40, period' and all on a nationwide 4G network.
The Nokia Lumia 521 and LG Optimus F3 join MetroPCS' lineup of recently launched HSPA+ and LTE smartphones -- delivering all the speed wireless consumers need for a great mobile experience.
As the first Windows Phone 8 product in the MetroPCS lineup, the Lumia 521 is another way the company is delivering what consumers demand – more choice – and at a great price for just $99 (plus taxes and fees). Powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor, the Lumia 521's Live Tiles give users a customizable home screen that quickly delivers the most up-to-date information that they care about most, all displayed on a super-sensitive 4-inch display. The smartphone's 5MP camera packs a number ofgreat features like 720p video capture, Nokia digital lenses, Smart Shoot to create the perfect group shot, and Cinemagraph to add motion to pictures. The Lumia 521 is available July 26 in select markets.
Joining the successful Optimus line of phones at MetroPCS is the Optimus F3, MetroPCS' first Optimus product to feature 4G LTE for a blazing-fast data experience1. Running Android™ 4.1, the Optimus F3 is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. It also features a beautiful 4-inch IPS display, providing a genuine viewing experience with true-to-nature color, life-like images, and superior readability. The fast-shutter 5MP camera not only takes amazing pictures, but also records video in full 1080p HD. At $149.00, the Optimus F3 is a great choice for consumers who want a sleek and powerful 4G smartphone. The Optimus F3 is available July 26 in select markets and online, with additional markets launching in the coming weeks.
At MetroPCS, consumers can have everything they want with a selection of the latest smartphones and a tremendous value of '$40, period.' That means unlimited services on a nationwide 4G network with no catches, compromises, surprise fees and certainly no annual service contracts.

MetroPCS Takes on New Markets: Doubles Reach in Less than Three Months

Aggressive expansion in 15 new markets brings '$40, period' rate plan with unlimited 4G service on a nationwide network and a robust 4G smartphone line-up to customers who want 'all-in' at a monthly flat rate with no surprises; 'Bring Your own Phone' program offers even greater value

BELLEVUE, Wash. – July 25, 2013 – T-Mobile US, Inc.'s (NYSE: TMUS) wireless revolution marches onward. Less than three months after completing the combination of T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS, the company has doubled its MetroPCS brand presence across the country and is bringing "Wireless for All" to 15 new markets.

MetroPCS offers consumers everything they want from their wireless experience without an annual contract or paying an arm and a leg. At a tremendous value of '$40, period,' MetroPCS is bringing its convenient neighborhood access, great service and unparalleled value to more people and connecting them to T-Mobile's powerful nationwide 4G and 4G LTE network. MetroPCS customers will experience speeds on average of seven times faster than the company's previous markets.

MetroPCS is offering its 'all-in' unlimited data, talk and text service – taxes and regulatory fees included – online and at authorized dealer stores located in the below operating markets. The company is also offering its "Bring Your Own Phone" program to all of its customers, providing them even more choice and great value.

· Baltimore, MD
· Birmingham, Ala.
· Cleveland and Akron, Ohio
· Corpus Christi, Texas
· Fresno, Calif.
· Houston, Texas
· Memphis, Tenn.
· New Orleans, LA
· Rio Grande Valley, Texas
· San Antonio and Austin, Texas
· San Diego, Calif.
· Seattle and Tacoma, Wash.
· Tallahassee, Fla.
· Toledo and Sandusky, Ohio
· Washington, DC

MetroPCS has grown to the #1 no annual contract wireless network brand in the majority of the markets it serves by offering convenience, choice and flexibility for consumers who work hard for their money and deserve more than what they're getting from their carrier today.

"We've been beating our no-contract competitors hands-down for value, and now, with the strength of the T-Mobile 4G network behind us, that lead is only going to grow,” said Tom Keys, MetroPCS COO and executive vice president. "We're setting a blazing fast trail and, with our retail partners, will compete aggressively with our '$40, period' rate plan to win over consumers one-by-one."

Consumers will enjoy a wide variety of phones -- with access to a nationwide 4G and a growing 4G LTE network, which now reaches 157 million people in 116 metro areas[1]-- including the latest 4G Android™-powered smartphones like the Galaxy S® 4, LG Optimus L9™ and Samsung Galaxy Exhibit™. In addition, to bolster its line-up in new markets, MetroPCS also announced the availability tomorrow, in select markets, of the Nokia Lumia 521 and LG Optimus F3™ to its 4G smartphone portfolio, delivering more handset choices at speeds wireless consumers need for a great mobile experience.

Along with a powerful lineup of smartphone choices, MetroPCS' "Bring Your Own Phone" program enables consumers to pair their compatible device with MetroPCS' affordable 4G service plans, giving them more choice, more savings and more for their money with access to a nationwide 4G network and unlimited - taxes and fees inclusive - for just $40 a month.

The company continues to expand its distribution channels in the newly launched cities, including at leading national retail partners. With this expansion, MetroPCS now offers its affordable, unlimited services in 30 operating markets and is growing with more than 6,700 points of sale in its retail network.

Specific city promotional launch activities will be announced in the coming weeks.