MetroPCS now has 500,000 4G LTE subscribers

MetroPCS now has 500,000 4G LTE subscribers
MetroPCS won’t be the first carrier that pops into your mind when you think about 4G LTE networks, and for a good reason now that we have Verizon’s huge LTE network, but back in the day it was the first US operator to delve into 4G grounds. 

And now, MetroPCS reports 500,000 customers using its LTE network, out of its total 9.34 million subscribers. That’s still a relatively small number - 5.35% of all of its users. Similarly, Verizon recently showed that it’s customers were slow to switch to speedier data, and also had 5% adoption rate.

MetroPCS offers various LTE data plans, but most of its customers pick the $50 and $60 ones as the most affordable $40 option only includes 100MB for streaming. The average user spends 2GB to 2.5GB of data.

Now, MetroPCS LTE network is not exactly equivalent to the one Verizon offers. It’s much slower, even after the speed bump to 5x5MHz LTE in 14 of its markets.

The carrier also mentioned he’s negotiating affordable LTE smartphones priced between $99 and $149, so don’t expect the Galaxy S III to land on the carrier (at least not right away).


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12 Comments

1. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

They would have 500,001 subscribers if they had 4G in Albany, GA.

2. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

You know I like how Metro PCS works & I bet that soon enough you will have 4G LTE!

3. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1770; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

If only they didn't have a crappy selection of phones

4. Alantef

Posts: 288; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

The LG Connect isn't bad

7. torr310

Posts: 1610; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

LG is one of my lastest choice. They suck on software.

9. Alantef

Posts: 288; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

very...very true....but HTC is jumping on board with metro and making more phones but LG is all they have right now (samsung too but they make for anyone)

5. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

There LTE is pretty slow tho

6. Alantef

Posts: 288; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

true if your comparing them to Verizon or t mobile....or even at&t...they still get 8-12mbps

11. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

for 8-12 mbps id rather have hspa+ and lose the LTE battery drain.

8. torr310

Posts: 1610; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

When you talking about slow, how slow do you mean? Not everyone watches movies or video on his/her cell phone. For me, 3G from Verizon (1Mb) is fast enough for any web browsing.

10. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Depending on where you live. You can get as fast 13 but as slow as 1-2 because their spectrum is very small

12. D_Tech-tive

Posts: 104; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

Most of the phones on Metro PCS battery life just plain sucks! They got decent specs, but most don't get more than 6 hours of talk time. Metro needs to step up its game when it comes to batteries. I'd be tempted to switch if they did that.

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