New subscribers to MetroPCS, the US provider of unlimited, flat-rate mobile services, are now able to use their existing compatible CDMA handsets on its network. As well as doing away with the need to buy a new phone, new customers to the MetroFlash package will receive a free month of service, plus unlimited local, long-distance, voicemail and text messaging for USD40 a month and pay a one-off USD30 fee.
MetroPCS owns or has access to licences covering a population of approximately 149 million people in 14 of the top 25 largest metropolitan areas in the US, including New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Miami, Orlando, Sarasota, Tampa, Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento. As of 31 March 2008, MetroPCS had approximately 4.4 million subscribers nationwide. The company does not require customers to sign a contract, removing the need for credit checks.