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MetroPCS Launches Wireless Caller Name Service

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    MetroPCS Launches Wireless Caller Name Service

    Wireless Carrier Will Be First to Offer CallerID Name Services for Its Customers
    DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- MetroPCS Communications, Inc. (NYSE: PCS), the nation's leading provider of unlimited, flat-rate wireless communications service, launches Screen-it, a service that displays the calling party's name on a subscriber's wireless phone. Screen-it allows consumers to more successfully manage incoming calls to their phone by seeing the caller's name before answering the call. Call screening is drastically improved when unknown caller names are shown that are not already stored in the phone's personal contact list.

    Consumers and businesses rely on a name and number to identify the caller. Automatically matching a name to the incoming telephone number and displaying it on a callerID device or on the phone has been a common feature of landline telephones since 1984. This feature has never been available on wireless phones in the United States. With Screen-it, for the first time wireless consumers will see the name of who is calling them before they answer the call, even if it's an unknown caller.

    "The new Screen-it service is a core part of MetroPCS' landline replacement strategy as it offers our customers the same standard features that they enjoy on the landline telephone," said Tom Keys, chief operating officer for MetroPCS. "Being the first to introduce this service demonstrates MetroPCS' commitment to providing the best wireless service to its customers."

    MetroPCS has selected TARGUSinfo, the leading provider of callerID name services for telephone and cable companies, as the provider of caller name services for Screen-it. According to a 2007 study conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of TARGUSinfo, nearly 79% of those surveyed said they would use the caller name identification service for wireless handsets.

    MetroPCS plans to offer the new Screen-it feature to its customers in October 2008. Screen-it will be included with select wireless packages and will be an enhanced option available to add a la carte for other packages. With approximately 4.8 million subscribers nationwide as of September 30, 2008, Screen-it will enhance consumer demand for MetroPCS' affordable, unlimited, no signed contract, flat-rate wireless service.

    MetroPCS' plans range from $30 to $50 per month and allow subscribers to talk all they want, 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week. Unlike most carriers, MetroPCS does not require a signed contract, which means that consumers can activate service without going through a credit check or paying a deposit.

    Consumers can visit any of MetroPCS' authorized dealer locations and company-owned retail locations or visit MetroPCS' web site at Unlimited Wireless Service - MetroPCS to sign up for service plans and choose from a lineup of wireless phones from the top handset manufacturers
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