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Florida's SECOND true regional wireless carrier gets into the game!

Discussion in 'Wireless News' started by GetSprintToday, Apr 12, 2008.

  1. GetSprintToday

    GetSprintToday New Member

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    I just got a e-mail from MetroPCS saying coverage is now available in Jacksonville, Florida. How much I don't know but I'll give it a try next time I'm up north.

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    Metro PCS signed an agreement to purchase ClearTalk's network, and PTA Communications (CT's Jacksonville, FL & PTA's North FL).

    SOURCE: MetroPCS - Investor Relations - Press Release

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    MetroPCS now covers the major metropolitan areas of:

    Jacksonville
    Ocala
    Daytona Beach
    Seminole County (Altamonte Sprint, Oviedo, Lake Mary)
    Orlando
    Lakeland/Winter Haven (Northern Polk County)
    Space Coast (Titusville, Merrit Island, Cocoa)
    Melbourne
    Kissimmee
    Treasure Coast (Sebastian, Vero Beach, Fort Pierce, Stuart, Jupiter)
    WPB Metro (West Palm Beach, and coastal vicinity)
    Broward County (Fort Lauderdale, Weston, Hollywood)
    Miami-Dade County (Dade County Coastal [including Miami metro])
    Florida Keys (Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon Key, and Key West)
    i-79 (E/W bound connection of Golden Gate and Weston)
    Naples
    Fort Myers
    Port Charolette
    Sarasota
    Bay Area (Tampa, St. Pete, and Clearwater)

    So, its Florida's second regional carrier in a timeline (behind Alltel). But they are placed first in regional coverage area (because Alltel only services west coast/panhandle).

    Way to go Metro!
     
  2. Jay2TheRescue

    Jay2TheRescue Resident Spamslayer
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    That appears to be good basic coverage for Florida, but its nowhere near the coverage that the national carriers provide.

    -Jay
     
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    yeah, they have most of the people covered. I wonder if they will venture into the panhandle, though. Also, AllTel has some Florida east coast coverage in Jacksonville (on 1900) and in Indian River and St Lucie counties (on 850). Metro has a ways to go to catch up to its 1900 cousins, Verizon and Sprint. When compared to Boost, they seem to match them on the most part... Metro should push westward to Tallahassee and they can say that they match Boost's area coverage.
     
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    Look what I found! I contacted the author, and they had said they submitted this to a few places...

    Its from our intranet server

     
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    well, metro is good for people with bad credit or that just want prepaid, but yea i agree with Jay, a national carrier can get you that and more, and probably for the same price or less, at least for basic service, not for unlimited tho.
     
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    It's kind of like T-mo and Sprint...they only care about covering the "major routes" and "major cities" so it may not be a good buy for a business traveler or someone who owns their own business!!
     
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    larry Sprint loyalist and former mod
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    I'll disagree on comparing Metro PCS with either Sprint or T-Mobile. Metro is light years behind either of those on a nationwide basis or even a regional basis.
     
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    i dont think thats what he was saying. i think he was saying that was their emphasis, not rural, which would sorta be true...but like you said they are still different animals...so i agree with you both :cool:
     
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    Whether or not Sprint and T-Mobile only cover major cities and routes is debateable and certainly not a fact. I know plenty of rural areas here in the west in states like California that both Sprint and T-Mobile cover well. Sprint has added a lot of synergy sites in very rural areas such as the Central Valley, CA where it's all cows and farms for hundreds of miles.
     
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    Metro's been a busy little bee lately. Good for them, and good for Florida too! :D
     
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    I know in many areas of the Midwest, that stereotype holds true that Sprint and T-Mobile have poorer coverage in rural areas. That is oppossed to the other big carriers (ie. Verizon & AT&T) which seem to fair a little better. If I'm living in rural America, I'm more than likely going to find a strong regional provider and roam on the big guys when I'm in the city.
     
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    Well of course. That's because the other carriers inherited old cellular systems in those rural areas through various mergers and acqusitions where Sprint and T-Mobile had to build their own systems from scratch. Most carriers would not want to build out systems in very rural areas because there's not enough potential profit in it to justify the cost of operations.

    It's not necessary for Sprint and T-Mobile to have native rural coverage everywhere because that's what roaming is for. It was different 5 or 10 years ago when roaming was almost exclusively analog, no texts or internet, and a big charge. Now it's all digital with all or most features included and free.
     
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    That's certainly a skeleton of coverage. That's why it's called "Metro" PCS. The segment of the market they serve is regular people who don't travel much. They aren't interested in serving travelers, or business customers.
     
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    I'm taken aback by all the stores Metro has opened here in So. Cal! Everywhere you look a new store is popping up. I can't imagine why people would want their service unless they have very poor credit and/or on a tight budget.
     
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    Most of the stores I've seen in Atlanta and near Orlando are third party resellers ... They are on every other block.
     
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    Yeah not sure if the Metro stores here are 3rd party or corporate. But they only sell Metro PCS and nothing else.
     
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    You and me both brother!!!:thumb:
     
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