MetroPCS LTE in Tampa

MetroPCS this morning flipped the LTE switch on its 14th city, with the Tampa area getting high-speed data on the mid-market carrier. That means folks the Florida town can now fly through the Internet with the likes of the Samsung Indulge (see our hands-on), a 3.5-inch Android 2.2 device that comes preloaded with Ironman 2 on a 4GB microSD card.

The Indulge is available for $299 after a $100 mail-in rebate. The launch of LTE in Tampa brings it alongside the likes of Atlanta, Boston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Sacramento and San Francisco. Full presser's after the break.

MetroPCS Launches 4G LTE Service in the Tampa Metropolitan Area

Experience unlimited 4G LTE mobile broadband with the world’s first commercially available 4G LTE enabled Android smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Indulge

DALLAS – (April 1, 2011) – MetroPCS Communications, Inc. (NYSE: PCS) today expanded its 4GLTE service into the Tampa metropolitan area featuring the Samsung Galaxy Indulge™, the world’s first commercially available 4GLTE enabled Android™ smartphone with unlimited talk, text and 4GLTE web browsing. The Samsung Galaxy Indulge is available on MetroPCS 4GLTE service plans that range from $50 to $60 a month, including all applicable taxes and regulatory fees.

“As we have built-out our 4GLTE service across the nation, we continue to be dedicated to making our customers’ lives easier by providing them with feature-rich smartphones that let them do more on our network,” said Roger D. Linquist, president, CEO and chairman of MetroPCS. “The Samsung Galaxy Indulge offers the total package, allowing consumers to manage every aspect of their lives from their mobile phone, using the latest Android technology and our MetroPCS 4GLTE service.”

The Samsung Galaxy Indulge Experience

The Samsung Galaxy Indulge is available in-store or online for $299 after a $100 mail-in rebate, plus tax. Customers can take advantage of all MetroPCS 4GLTE has to offer with the Samsung Galaxy Indulge, including:

  • Data access to streaming audio, video and gaming content, downloads and Android applications.
  • The latest Android 2.2 technology with quick access to more than 100,000 apps on the Android Market™.
  • A three megapixel camera and camcorder with auto-focus, music player, Stereo Bluetooth® capabilities and expandable memory storage up to 32GB.
  • MetroSTUDIO, powered by RealNetworks, delivers audio content over 4GLTE and Wi-Fi, and premium video content on the $60 plan from NBC Universal, Black Entertainment Television (BET) and Univision, available on-demand from one easy-to-use application.
  • A social networking and instant messaging application which harnesses notifications from friends and content from Facebook, MySpace and Twitter and AIM, MSN and Yahoo! IM clients into a single interface that’s accessible with one click.

The Samsung Galaxy Indulge is equipped with both a touchscreen and full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, making it easy to text or email in seconds. The smartphone has a 3.5” brilliant display and seven homescreens that can be personalized to meet your news, service and entertainment needs with apps, widgets and folders. You also get full access to Google Mobile services, such as Google Search™, Google Maps™, Gmail™ and

YouTube™. Additionally, the Galaxy Indulge includes a 4GB microSD™ card, preloaded with the action film "IRONMAN 2," produced by Paramount Pictures.

With today’s launch in the Tampa metropolitan area, MetroPCS’ 4GLTE services are available in all MetroPCS’s metropolitan areas, including Atlanta, Boston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Sacramento and San Francisco. 4GLTE service is also available on the Samsung Craft™, the world’s first commercially available 4GLTE smartphone that launched in 2010.

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About MetroPCS Communications, Inc.

Dallas-based MetroPCS Communications, Inc. (NYSE: PCS) is a provider of unlimited wireless communications service for a flat-rate with no annual contract. MetroPCS is the fifth largest facilities-based wireless carrier in the United States based on number of subscribers served. With Metro USA℠, MetroPCS customers can use their services in areas throughout the United States covering a population of over 280 million people. As of December 31, 2010, MetroPCS had over 8.1 million subscribers. For more information please visit


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MetroPCS lights up 14th LTE city: Tampa


Your comment spews ignorance

City Sprint (WiMax) T-Mobile (HSPA+) Verizon (LTE) MetroPCS (LTE)

Abilene, Texas X

Akron, Ohio X

Albany, N.Y. X

Amarillo, Texas X

Asheville, N.C. X

Athens, Ga. X X

Atlanta X X X

Anderson, S.C. X

Annapolis, Md. X X X

Austin, Texas X X X**

Baltimore X X X

Baton Rogue, La. X

Bellingham, Wash. X

Bentonville, Ark. X

Biloxi/Gulfport, Miss. X

Birmingham, Ala. X

Boise, Idaho X

Boston X X X

Bridgeport, Conn. X* X

Buffalo, N.Y. X

Charleston, S.C. X

Charlotte, N.C. X X X**

Chicago X X X

Cincinnati X X X

Cleveland X X X

Colorado Springs, Colo. X

Columbus, Ohio X X X

Corpus Christi, Texas X

Dallas/Ft. Worth X X X X

Dayton, Ohio X

Daytona Beach, Fla. X

Denver X* X X

Detroit X X

Erie, Pa. X

El Paso, Texas X

Eugene, Ore. X

Fayetteville, N.C. X

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. X X

Fort Wayne, Ind. X

Fresno, Calif. X

Grand Junction, Colo. X

Grand Rapids, Mich. X

Greensboro, N.C. X X

Greenville, S.C. X

Harlingen, Texas X

Harrisburg, Pa. X

Hartford, Conn. X X

Hickory, N.C. X

Honolulu X X X**

Houston X X X

Huntsville, Ala. X

Indianapolis X

Jacksonville, Fla. X X X

Kansas City, Mo./Ks. X X X**

Killeen/Temple, Texas X

Kitsap County, Wash. X

Knoxville, Tenn. X

Lafayette, Ind. X X

Lafayette, La. X

Lancaster, Pa. X

Las Vegas X X X X

Los Angeles/Long Beach X X X X

Louisville, Ky. X

Lubbock, Texas X

Lynchburg, Va. X

Merced, Calif. X

Maui, Hawaii X

Memphis, Tenn. X

Miami X X X

Midland/Odessa, Texas X

Milledgeville, Ga. X

Milwaukee, Wis. X

Minneapolis/St. Paul X X X

Modesto, Calif. X

Montgomery, Ala. X

Myrtle Beach, S.C. X

Nashville, Tenn. X X

New Haven, Conn. X

New Orleans X X

New York/Northern New Jersey X X X

Norfolk, Va. X

Oakland, Calif. X* X X X

Oklahoma City X X

Omaha, Neb. X

Orange County, Calif. X X X X

Orlando, Fla. X X X

Palm Springs, Calif. X

Phoenix X X

Philadelphia X X X X

Pittsburgh X X X

Portland, Ore. X X X**

Providence, R.I. X X

Raleigh, N.C. X

Reading, Pa. X

Richmond, Va. X X

Roanoke, Va. X

Rochester, N.Y. X X X

Sacramento, Calif. X X

St. Augustine, Fla. X

St. Louis X X X

Salem, Ore. X

Salt Lake City X X X**

San Antonio X X X

San Bernardino/Ontario, Calif. X X X

San Diego X X

San Francisco X* X X X

San Jose, Calif. X* X X X

Seattle/Tacoma X X X

South Bend, Ind. X

Spokane, Wash. X

Stockton, Calif. X X

Syracuse, N.Y. X X

Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla. X X X

Topeka, Kan. X

Trenton, N.J. X X**

Tri-Cities, Wash. X

Tulsa, Okla. X

Tucson, Ariz. X

Waco, Texas X X

Washington, D.C. X X X

West Palm Beach, Fla. X X

Wichita, Kan. X

Wichita Falls, Texas X X

Wilmington, Del. X

Wilmington, N.C. X**

Winston-Salem, N.C. X

Visalia, Calif. X

Yakima, Wash. X

York, Pa. X

Youngstown, Ohio X

* Sprint promises 4G service to these markets by the end of the year. ** Verizon offers 4G service only at the airport in these markets. Check with Verizon for details.

While Sprint does have over 70 4G markets the coverage is poor at best. Examples of spotty coverage are Atlanta and Tampa.

i cant speak for Atlanta or Tampa but having lived and used Sprint's 4g coverage in Jacksonville and Orlando, it works great.

Sprint has more coverage huh?

Then tell me why here in san francisco we can't get a good signal that actually stays on and doesn't disconnects?

Tell me why on the Sprint 4G forums everyone is ranting about Wicrapx terrible coverage

I have had an Evo and now an Epic we can't use the 4G signal even though the map says I should get 4G.

I recently bought my wife a Samsung Indulge and she is browsing at 4-7mbps , while my high end phone on Sprint's network less than 1mbps on 3g... embarrasing.

Soon my contract is up Verizon it is.

Is it just me or can everybody else picture those east Indian guys standing at a podium saying that press release. LOL