After reporting a record number of new net subscribers in the first quarter and adding its first smartphone and BlackBerry device to its line-up, regional carrier MetroPCS has been looking to raise its standing in the cellular world. Today, it has announced the availability of the Motorola Hint, a strong messaging phone. The Hint features a QWERTY slider, threaded text messaging with the ability to store 300 messages in memory, 2.5 inch display, and a 2MP camera with video capture. The cost for all of these goodies is $249. Of course, MetroPCS offers unlimited calls for a flat monthly rate with no contracts, so there is no subsidized pricing on the phone. It appears as though MetroPCS is no longer the place where old phones with aging feature sets go to die. Some young blood has really livened up the place.