A two-tier PCS system integrates the high tier PCS system and the low tier PCS systems into a single system to provide the advantages of both tiers. Such a system is expected to provide better service (more available and more cost effective to the users) at the expense of the extra tier switching management. We compare the performance of the two-tier PCS system and the single low tier system in two aspects: the registration traffic and the service availability. Because of the tier management, the two-tier system generates more registration traffic than the single low tier system. Under the range of the input parameters in our study, we show that the two-tier system generates less than 10% extra registration traffic than the single low tier system in most cases and generates less than 20% registration traffic in the worst cases. It is clear that for the service availability, the two-tier system is better than the single one tier system. We also study the probability that a call is forced terminated in the single low tier system because the low tier becomes unavailable during the call (such a call can be continued in the two-tier system).