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MetroPCS Plans to Release Six to Seven LTE Phones Before Year’s End

by Mark Hearn | July 26, 2012July 26, 2012 5:30 pm PDT

During its quarterly earnings call, MetroPCS said that almost 90 percent of its network is covered with LTE and that it plans on releasing six to seven LTE handsets by the end of the year. Most of these new devices will reportedly fall in a price range between $99 and $149.

During the second quarter, the regional carrier suffered a loss of around 186,000 net customers, which brings its customer base to approximately 9.3 million subscribers. The company also noted that it has 700,000 LTE subscribers, which accounts for about eight percent of its customer base. That’s a 200,000 customer increase from the 500,000 customers reported at the end of the first quarter.

The carrier currently offers four LTE smartphones, but its executives expect that the company’s new device offerings in the second half of the year will motivate existing 3G Android customers to upgrade to a new handset. The conference call also revealed that its upcoming handsets would include new features such as mobile TV from Dyle.

Further discussing its network plans, MetroPCS said it plans to clear up its existing 3G spectrum in order to reuse it for LTE. The company will continue to look into more spectrum opportunities and has plans to introduce new services that will allow customers to use voice and data services at the same time.

[via: Fierce Wireless]

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Mark Hearn is a nerd's nerd if ever such a thing existed. Covering the mobile scene for several years, he also has a love for film, sports, gaming...