MetroPCS Adds More High Speed Data to Plans, Expands to New Markets
T-Mobile USA's MetroPCS brand has added more data to two monthly plans and has also expanded MetroPCS availability to ten more markets.
The plan changes are:
The $40/month plan's high speed data allowance is increasing from 500MB to 1 GB.
The $50/month plan gets its high sped data bumped up from 2.5GB to 3GB.
Both plans include unlimited voice minutes, unlimited SMS and MMS messages and unlimited data. After the 1GB or 3GB high speed data allotment is used up, data speeds are slowed to 128Kbps for the rest of the plan month.
Customers will get the increased data automatically with no action required on their part. In a dig at Sprint's Boost Mobile, which is requiring current customers to request to be switched to Boost's new plans that include more data for less, T-Mobile says "...unlike with other wireless providers who make their customers jump through hoops or opt-in to get their latest deals, MetroPCS isn’t asking customers to lift a finger. The new high speed data just shows up automatically. There’s no extra cost, no additional paperwork and no hoops required".
The new MetroPCS markets are:
Kansas City, MO
Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, VA
Salt Lake City, UT
St. Louis, MO
All of these cities have had T-Mobile service for years and MetroPCS runs on the T-Mobile network. MetroPCS GSM phones have always worked in the "new" markets. However, T-Mobile limits MetroPCS availability to markets were it has franchised MetroPCS stores. Even though MetroPCS sells phones online they won't ship to customers in non-MetroPCS markets or activate phones in them. I believe this policy is intended help MetroPCS dealers to get a foothold in new markets.
T-Mobile has been continuously expanding MetroPCS availability, growing it from 15 metropolitan areas at the time of T-Mobile's acquisition of MetroPCS in May, 2013, to 55 metropolitan areas today.
Obama Publicly Supports Reclassification Of Internet As A Utility
President Barack Obama issued a new statement telling service providers they need to ensure that the Internet remains free and open to any consumer.
During a short video statement, Obama made a plea to the FCC to retain net neutrality rules and said that "there are no gatekeepers that decide what sites you get to access" and that "there are no toll roads on the information superhighway."
"This set of principles--the idea of net neutrality--has unleashed the power of the Internet and given innovators the chance to thrive," Obama said in a prepared statement. "Abandoning these principles would threaten to end the Internet as we know it. That's why I am asking the Federal Communications Commission to do everything they can to protect net neutrality for everyone."
The neutrality debate has pitted incumbent telcos and cable operators against one another on how premium content like online video should be treated. Supporters of net neutrality say that the Internet should remain open and all traffic should be treated equally. Alternatively, companies that oppose net neutrality would like to see a "toll road" in place that would offer preferential service to companies like Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) if they're willing to pay for higher traffic demands.
One of the loudest proponents for neutrality is Netflix, which has become a major force in the online video race. In a recent FCC filing, Netflix said that service providers can still place bottlenecks on content providers' traffic whenever they want. The video provider added that the interconnection fees it has to pay Comcast for access to its last-mile network cost more than what it pays to get its data to cable MSO's networks.
Another one of the key controversial issues that still remains with net neutrality is reclassifying the broadband service that service providers like AT&T (NYSE: T) and Verizon (NYSE: VZ) offer under Title II of the 1996 Telecom Act.
Obama came out in support of Title II, saying that broadband should be reclassified under the Act. "I am asking the FCC to reclassify Internet service under a law known as Title II under the law known as the Telecommunications Act," Obama said. "In plain English I am asking them to recognize that for most Americans the Internet has become an essential part of communication and everyday life." Obama added that while the FCC is an independent agency, the "public has commented nearly 4 million times asking the FCC to make sure that the consumer, not the cable company, gets to decide which sites they use."
Opposition to Title II from telcos like AT&T and Verizon has been fierce. Perhaps not surprisingly, Verizon issued a statement speaking out against the reclassification, while maintaining support for the open Internet. "Verizon supports the open Internet, and we continue to believe that the light-touch regulatory approach in place for the past two decades has been central to the Internet's success," Verizon said in a statement. "Reclassification under Title II, which for the first time would apply 1930s-era utility regulation to the Internet, would be a radical reversal of course that would in and of itself threaten great harm to an open Internet, competition and innovation."
Verizon added that reclassification would be challenged in the courts and "the FCC already has sufficient authority under Section 706 to adopt rules that address any practices that threaten harm to consumers or competition, including authority to prohibit 'paid prioritization.'"
During their meeting, Stephenson said that such a move would "negatively impact broadband infrastructure investment in a manner that would be counterproductive to the Commission's and Administration's goal of making high speed broadband universally available in the United States."
Have you ever gotten so busy, or gone through such a tough time, that you forgot about something you'd never forget otherwise? What did you do when you finally realized that an important, day, event, or item was lost in the shuffle? How did you feel when reality hit you? Did you feel stupid? Perhaps you were sad? Maybe you got angry? How quickly did you run to correct the situation, or did you just say screw it and let it go?
Well, there is something very important, very significant, that all of us forgot, most notably we as staff, during the issues we had while fighting with the host of the unleashedprepaids.com domain. Before I say what it is, does anyone have a guess? Maybe someone who has been here for at least a year? Here's a hint in the form of an image:
If this still doesn't ring a bell for you, then maybe a date will. October 15th, 2011. Still foggy? Well, on that date in 2011, Unleashed Prepaids went live and became an official forum, open to all comers. That's right.....lost in the shuffle was our third anniversary. All of us on the staff were upset, but probably none more than myself. The reason why I feel worse than anyone for missing the anniversary date is because I am typically the one who makes news posts and puts in the most "face time" on the site by posting. I have taken it as my personal mission, from day one, to grow UPP, to expand it, and to make it into something that everyone around can benefit from. This isn't me trying to toot my own horn, because there's nothing to toot about when you miss something big like this. I look at it as my responsibility to keep up with things like this, and honestly, it is a failure on my part, and for that, I sincerely apologize to everyone who is a member here.
However, what's done is done, and even if we were down when the anniversary date came and went, we can still acknowledge it. Better late than never, they say, and that's how we choose to approach this. All of us on the staff love this site, and its members, and it is with pride that we serve you all. It is with satisfaction that we do what we can to help each member who darkens our door. The belief that everyone is equal and deserves a fair chance to learn is what makes UPP special, and this is why we have a number of people who have forayed into learning Android development who might never have made the attempt otherwise. We are very proud of all our budding developers, and look forward to those who will come in the future.
With that said, it is time for us to officially acknowledge UPP's third birthday, and celebrate. It doesn't matter that we missed the official date, all that matters is that we don't forget it. We've been here for three years now, and we plan on being here for many more.