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T-Mobile USA has wasted no time expanding the presence of one of its former competitors, MetroPCS, which it acquired earlier this year. Just three months after wrapping its buy of MetroPCS, T-Mo says it has doubled the former fifth-largest wireless operator’s brand presence across the U.S.
New MetroPCS markets include Baltimore, Md.; Seattle and Tacoma, Wash.; Memphis, Tenn.; New Orleans, La.; Houston, Texas; Cleveland and Akron, Ohio; Washington, D.C.; and a handful of other medium-to-large cities.
MetroPCS now offers unlimited data, talk and text taxes and regulatory fees included online and at authorized dealer stores in 30 markets for $40 per month with no contract, all on T-Mobile’s nationwide HSPA+ and 4G LTE networks.
Customers have access to some of the latest top-of-the-line devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the LG Optimus L9. It just added the Nokia Lumia 521 and LG Optimus F3 in select markets. And the operator’s “Bring Your Own Phone” program lets consumers pair their compatible device with MetroPCS’ 4G service plans.
The expansion sets up what’s beginning to be an interesting prepaid war between T-Mobile and AT&T, the company which tried to buy it just two years ago. AT&T hopes to close its purchase of Leap Wireless, a MetroPCS rival, later this year.
T-Mobile itself did away with contracts this past spring.
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