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MetroPCS and T-Mobile both added a new device to their respective lineups today: the Kyocera Hydro Wave. While I haven’t personally seen this device yet, the Wave looks like a good entry-level device meant for people who are a little harder on their devices.
July 22nd, 2015 | MetroPCS | No Comments
Well, it looks like the price war continues this week with a host of new promotion launched by MetroPCS for customers looking to switch from a non T-mobile carrier. All of the promotions are available between now and September 30, 2015 and require customers to purchase a handset, port a number and keep accounts in good standing.
Here are the promotions:
July 16th, 2015 | MetroPCS | No Comments
Quite a few prepaid brands including Boost Mobile and Cricket Wireless have some sort of Mexico calling or unlimited international plan offered as a side service along with the regular plans. It looks like T-Mobile’s prepaid brand MetroPCS is a little late to the party, but has brought what could be a great deal for customers who commonly travel between the United States and Mexico.
July 7th, 2015 | MetroPCS | No Comments
MetroPCS, a T-Mobile prepaid brand, looks like it is testing the waters on its cheapest plan. As of Friday, the company has announced that the plan will be available to customers with select LTE devices. It’s a pretty good deal, provided that you don’t mind the catches.
June 26th, 2015 | Boost Mobile, MetroPCS, Prepaid Faceoff | 3 Comments
With the massive number of prepaid MVNOs and carrier options, it’s sometimes hard to keep track of it all and even harder to compare and decide which company is the right one for you. So, every once in a while we’re going to go through and do a Face-off of two popular companies, comparing plans and services to help you better decide.
Today, we’ll look at Boost Mobile, a Sprint-owned prepaid brand, and MetroPCS, a T-Mobile brand. It’s worth noting that both companies—Boost Mobile especially—have a habit of changing their plans around significantly, so I will be including links to both sites just in case.
Here’s how they compare:
June 16th, 2015 | MetroPCS | No Comments
As the tensions between the United States and Cuba have begun to cool, some companies are starting to offer minutes to call Cuban numbers. And, it looks like MetroPCS has officially joined the short list of companies with the most recent addition of a handful of minutes dedicated to calling both Cuban landlines and mobile numbers.
June 12th, 2015 | MetroPCS | No Comments
On Wednesday, we reported that T-Mobile might soon be offering free mobile hotspots for its prepaid customers, but at the time it was mostly just a rumor. However, I am pleased to announce that the rumor has been confirmed by PDX Cell Tech, which wrote that MetroPCS will also be offering free hotspots to all customers on all plans starting June 12.
May 22nd, 2015 | MetroPCS | No Comments
The only place where prepaid plans tend to fall short is in the family plan category. Very few companies have any kind of offering for customers looking to have multiple lines. Usually this isn’t too much of a problem as the plans themselves are cheap enough that it mostly even out. But, if you are looking for the simplicity of having all of your family on the same account and the same plan, then MetroPCS‘s deal is probably exactly what you’re looking for.
May 12th, 2015 | MetroPCS | No Comments
You might recall that last week, we reported that T-Mobile was planning on having the legacy CDMA network of its prepaid brand MetroPCS completely shut down by September, 2015. Well, it appears that T-Mobile is backpedaling and is instead going to turn off the network a wee bit sooner.
May 5th, 2015 | MetroPCS | No Comments
T-Mobile’s prepaid brand MetroPCS launched a new promotion last week for customers looking to add up to three lines to an existing, active account. Now through May 19, 2015, MetroPCS is offering customers a free phone (after mail-in rebate) for all new lines and activation. While many of the phones are simple, entry-level devices, several of them are 4G capable so it’s a pretty good deal.
Here’s how to qualify for this promotion:
April 29th, 2015 | MetroPCS, T-Mobile | No Comments
T-Mobile purchased MetroPCS, a prepaid brand that used a small CDMA network a couple of years ago. Since then, T-Mobile has been slowly transitioning customers over to its GSM network and refarmed the CDMA spectrum to increase its coverage. According to T-Mobile’s first quarter report, T-Mobile has refarmed about 80% of the CDMA spectrum and just earlier this year, T-decommissioned the legacy CDMA network of its prepaid brand MetroPCS in several major cities including Atlanta and Detroit.
March 24th, 2015 | MetroPCS | No Comments
T-Mobile’s prepaid brand MetroPCS came out of the gate swinging today with a new offer that will surely turn heads. Starting right now, this company is offering customers unlimited talk, text and throttled data with 1 whole GB of high speed 4G LTE speeds for $30.
March 5th, 2015 | MetroPCS | No Comments
T-Mobile’s prepaid brand, MetroPCS has brought back the popular “buy one, get one” promotion this month in the hopes of nabbing the last of the tax return money. Now through April 5, 2015, whenever you purchase and activate any phone from MetroPCS, you can activate a second line and get the phone for free.
January 21st, 2015 | MetroPCS | No Comments
The T-Mobile prepaid brand MetroPCS has unveiled a new rate plan today that definitely pushes up the bar a for other MVNOs and prepaid carriers. Now for a limited amount of time, new customers can get unlimited talk, text and 4G LTE data for $50, instead of the normal $60. The terms and conditions for the plan state that the data will not be throttled, but that they reserve the right to stop data service for ‘abnormal usage.’ This promotion is scheduled to end on April 5, 2015.
December 10th, 2014 | MetroPCS | No Comments
One of the reasons that people shift from postpaid contracts to prepaid is to take advantage of better international calling plans. While every carrier and MVNO offers them, they most certainly aren’t all equal. Recently, T-Mobile owned MVNO MetroPCS has made a few positive changes to their $10 World Calling add-on. The $10 Mexico calling add-on is available but unchanged.
Effective immediately, the $10 World Calling feature will include:
November 19th, 2014 | MetroPCS | No Comments
While Thanksgiving is still a week away, MetroPCS and T-Mobile are getting the jump on sales and launching their Black Friday deals a little early. Starting today, MetroPCS customers can take advantage of their new “Buy One, Get One” deal for smartphones. The deal will run through December 1, and is only available in select MetroPCS stores–not online.
November 19th, 2014 | MetroPCS | No Comments
T-Mobile owned MVNO MetroPCS has brought back their popular 4 lines for $100 promotion, with a slight improvement in the data offering for bundled lines. This promotion is only available at MetroPCS stores–not online–and is only for a ‘limited time.’ The promotional material, unfortunately, doesn’t list an end date.
November 12th, 2014 | MetroPCS | No Comments
T-Mobile owned MVNO MetroPCS expanded its line of 4G LTE capable devices this week with the addition of the LG Optimus F60. Available now online and at select MetroPCS stores nationwide, this mid-range smartphone will market for $99 after the rebate. Here’s what the hardware looks like:
October 27th, 2014 | MetroPCS | No Comments
The popularity of tablets might seem like it’s waning, but MetroPCS and T-Mobile are attempting to rekindle the fire with an affordable new tablet and three new data plans designed specifically for tablets. Launched on Friday, the Alcatel OneTouch Pop 7 is available for $150 in stores only and will work as a wonderful entry into the world of small tablets.
October 24th, 2014 | MetroPCS | No Comments
I’m not sure how I missed it, but MetroPCS has finally debuted Alcatel’s OneTouch Fierce 2 as of last week. T-Mobile postpaid got the phone last month, but this will make the first transition to prepaid for this affordable entry level phone. The OneTouch Fierce normally retails for $150, but MetroPCS is currently running a deal where customers can get the phone for $50.
October 14th, 2014 | MetroPCS | No Comments
The T-Mobile owned MetroPCS has announced that they will be adding two additional Samsung phones this month to their phone lineup. The Samsung Galaxy Light is available today for $150 and the Samsung Galaxy Avant will be available later this month for the same price point. They currently have a deal going on for $100 rebate off of the Galaxy Light, but online inventory is slightly limited, so you might have better luck going to an actual store.
September 18th, 2014 | MetroPCS, Prepaid Phones, T-Mobile | No Comments
ZTE unveiled a new ginormous smartphone yesterday that is aimed at budget-conscious consumers. Sold exclusively through T-Mobile (with MetroPCS slated to get the phone later this year), the new ZMax is set to be released on Sept. 24 and features a whopping 5.7 inch screen and pretty good specs and a huge battery that is said to last a couple of days on a charge. The ZTE ZMax is expected to retail for $250 without a contract.
September 10th, 2014 | Boost Mobile, Cricket, MetroPCS, Page Plus, Straight Talk, T-Mobile | No Comments
Yesterday, Apple finally pulled back the curtain to reveal the next generation of iPhone: the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus. These flashy new devices have caught the attention of both Apple lovers and phone enthusiasts across the internet, especially with their affordable on-contract price. For the prepaid market, the unlocked no-contract cost can be a little harder to swallow, but never fear–our trusty companies are sure to be offering deals in the coming months so you can get your hands on one of those fancy phones soon.
So, in preparation for the celebration of this exciting new phone, we’ve rounded up some of the best money-saving iPhone 6 prepaid plans for each main carrier network. You’ll want as much data as you can get for the lowest price, and of course, unlimited talk and text is a must so you can tell everyone all about your snazzy new phone.
September 7th, 2014 | MetroPCS, News | No Comments
T-Mobile’s MVNO brand, MetroPCS is shaking things up again this week with a slew of changes including introducing service to 10 new markets, a solid date to close their CDMA network and double the data for some customers–no doubt in response to Boost Mobile’s new data options announced earlier this week.
August 28th, 2014 | MetroPCS, T-Mobile | No Comments
T-Mobile and their MVNO company MetroPCS will be the first to get Alcatel’s two new phones, the Alcatel OneTouch Fierce 2 and the Alcatel OneTouch Evolve 2. Both phones are entry-level smartphone devices designed for new users. Both their prices and features are modest and while it’s doubtful they will impress anyone, they will still be functional smartphones. T-Mobile will have the new devices starting September 10, while MetroPCS will get them later this fall.
August 25th, 2014 | MetroPCS, Prepaid Data Plans | No Comments
T-Mobile’s prepaid brand, Metro PCS has announced that they are bringing back WiFi Hotspots on their GSM network. Available for the $40, $50, and $60 plans, the hotspot will cost an additional $5 a month for limited high speed and unlimited slower speed tethering. Depending on which plan you have, you could get between 500 MB and 2.5 GB high speed tethering before experiencing throttling. The data is pulled from the same reserve as your normal plan, however–the $5 only buys you the ability to tether.
August 7th, 2014 | MetroPCS, T-Mobile | No Comments
T-Mobile announced yesterday that they have finally overtaken rival Sprint in the prepaid wireless market to become the No. 1 prepaid wireless provider in the U.S.. According to the most recent figures, T-Mobile now has 15.64 million prepaid customers, beating Sprint’s 15.19 million customers by nearly half a million. AT&T and Verizon are even further behind with 11.34 million and 6.04 million customers respectively.
These staggering numbers come only a short time after T-Mobile rejected a $15 billion buyout from Iliad and abandoned talks with Sprint over a merger. CEO and president of T-Mobile US, Inc., John Legere is ecstatic.
March 28th, 2014 | MetroPCS | 1 Comment
MetroPCS offers fantastic prepaid unlimited cell phone plans. They use the T-Mobile network to cover 90 percent of the United States. Their customer service has received the highest ratings in several official wireless network satisfaction surveys. Details about the no contract plans are below.
March 22nd, 2014 | MetroPCS | No Comments
While there are many wireless prepaid card plans, nobody exceeds customer expectations like the Metro PCS “Wireless for All” prepaid plan. In fact, the Metro website features some amazing deals; including a special friends and family discount offers that offers savings of up to $300 per year. The Metro PCS unlimited data, talk and text plan is a great value, say longtime smartphone users who are looking for 4G-ready phones and a service that won’t let you down.
February 11th, 2014 | MetroPCS | No Comments
MetroPCS offers a number of prepaid wireless options for its consumers. There are three options, ranging from $40 a month to $60 a month. MetroPCS also offers frequent promotions to its customers to lower the cost of these prepaid plans.
November 20th, 2013 | MetroPCS | No Comments
What networks does MetroPCS use?
If you need good mobile coverage it’s important to know which networks your service is using. Despite the myth that MetroPCS uses Verizon networks, both carriers actually use Code division multiple access (CDMA) networks to provide coverage to their clients. While Verizon is a larger company than MetroPCS, MetroPCS uses CDMA networks what are known to be more reliable than GSM networks. However, CDMA networks aren’t utilized in some countries around the world and because of this, MetroPCS doesn’t work in many international countries.
The company launched it’s service in 2007 in LA and experienced rapid growth in the successive years. With it’s unlimited talk time packages and other services, MetroPCS’s CDMA technology is good for clients who want to use their phones in North America or the US. However, clients who need to use their phones internationally might prefer a GSM technology based phone. CDMA and GSM technology differs in three important areas, coverage area, speed and actual hardware.
Before choosing a MetroPCS phone, determine how you intend to use your phone. If you mainly use your phone locally, then MetroPCS’s CDMA network will do just fine. However, if you travel internationally, MetroPCS might not work for you as they don’t use the GSM network which can be found in most other countries.
If you are comfortable using CDMA networks, then MetroPCS could be a right fit for you. If, however, you prefer GSM networks, then you would be better off using another provider that either uses GSM or offers both GSM and CDMA phones. It’s important to note that you cannot use both networks interchangeably as a phone can either use GSM or CDMA at one time. However, if you are US based or located in North America, then MetroPCS could be a pretty good fit for you.
June 5th, 2013 | MetroPCS | No Comments
While MetroPCS‘s service plans haven’t changed at all since the merger with T-Mobile, it has still gained plenty. Perhaps this biggest gain is a network that covers 100 million additional people. As we learned yesterday, MetroPCS will soon get a chance to expand and reach many of those potential customers. According to a leaked document, MetroPCS will soon offer the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit and the LG Optimus L9, both handsets that T-Mobile has already released. More importantly, they’ll begin offering a bring your own device program starting in mid-June, which could open up even more opportunities.
May 16th, 2013 | MetroPCS | No Comments
While the fundamental services offered by T-Mobile and MetroPCS won’t change any time soon, MetroPCS will realize one enormous benefit following the merger. They will cover 100 million additional potential customers by the end of 2014, starting “very quickly” according to T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter, who previously held the same position with MetroPCS. For a carrier that exists only in select markets across the country, expansion of this magnitude could bring enormous gains. As long as they don’t come at the expense of T-Mobile customers, it could be a big, and underreported, win in this merger.
April 29th, 2013 | MetroPCS | No Comments
After months of jumping through regulatory and shareholder loops, the T-Mobile/MetroPCS merger has gone through. They’ll make it official this Wednesday, May 1. Now that the journalists and analysts have had their field day, we get to the question at the heart of the matter: what does this mean to you, the customer of either MetroPCS or T-Mobile. The answer, in short, is that nothing will change immediately. While the two entities will fall under the same corporate umbrella, they will continue to operate as they have previously. The only small change might be expanded handset availability, but with T-Mobile’s limited LTE coverage that might not be a big consideration in the short run.
April 24th, 2013 | MetroPCS | No Comments
Last month the T-Mobile MetroPCS deal passed regulatory muster, but it still lacked a key component: MetroPCS shareholder approval. Many major shareholders made waves, claiming that the deal undervalued MetroPCS. After some back-and-forth, T-Mobile improved the offer. It was well received, and this morning the MetroPCS shareholders approved the deal. That is the last hurdle before the merger can go through. Expect a bigger announcement soon, with the combined company taking shape in the next few months.
Via Phone Scoop.
March 21st, 2013 | MetroPCS | No Comments
MetroPCS is back with a new handset, the Huawei Premia 4G. As you can expect from its newer handset, it’s an Android 4.0 smartphone that features a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 1GM of RAM. In other words, it’s safely to the 2012 standards. That’s not a complaint, mind you. It’s just putting this into perspective. It features a 4-inch screen and a 5-megapixel camera, so it’s pretty much up to standard. Here’s the thing: it costs only $150, and you don’t have to sign a contract. Given most phones on the market these days, that makes the Premia an exceptional value. You can get it at MetroPCS’s website, paired with one of their 4G LTE plans.
March 7th, 2013 | MetroPCS | No Comments
If not for the Department of Justice interceding in the AT&T – T-Mobile proposed merger, I wouldn’t be writing this today. But just over a year ago the DoJ and FCC shot down their deal, leaving AT&T to seek expansion elsewhere and T-Mobile searching for solutions. After many months, they announced their next idea: a merger with MetroPCS. Yesterday we learned that the DoJ won’t step in on this one. Their opportunity to pry further into the merger has passed, implicitly signaling that they have no problems should the two parties come to a final agreement. But in this case, the future hurdles appear significant.
February 8th, 2013 | Consumer Issues, MetroPCS, Virgin Mobile | No Comments
Here’s the rub: if you read through the user reviews for our featured prepaid cell phone providers, you might come away thinking that every cell phone company provides horrible customer service. There are some nasty and elaborate tales throughout there. But don’t think that those negative reviews represent the overall state of customer service. People who feel wronged are far more likely to leave reviews than those who have received good service. Believe it or not, there are some providers who are pretty good at customer service. According to the latest J.D. Power and Associates study of the wireless industry, MetroPCS and Virgin Mobile rank among the best.
February 1st, 2013 | MetroPCS | No Comments
This week MetroPCS unveiled the LG Spirit 4G, the latest touchscreen 4G handset in its lineup. It features a fairly basic style, though it is on the larger side at 4.5 inches. That makes it a good comparable for the 4.8-inch Galaxy S III. IT also features a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, which will do fine for any user. And yes, it runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich — it’s pretty pointless for carriers like MetroPCS to be offering 2.3 Gingerbread handsets at this point. You can get it now at MetroPCS’s website for $199, but that’s after a $70 mail-in rebate.
January 18th, 2013 | MetroPCS | No Comments
There was something conspicuously absent last week when MetroPCS announced changes to the LTE plan lineup. Gone were not only some of the plans, but some of the features associated with the higher tiers. Specifically, there was no mention of the Rhapsody deal MetroPCS had previously offered to its $70 tier customers. Yesterday we got clarification on that point. Rhapsody is still available to MetroPCS customers, but it is not included standard with any tier. Instead it is available as a $5 add-on with any of its plans. That’s half price, which should make a good deal for any MetroPCS customer. Interested customers can sign up for Rhapsody through their accounts on MetroPCS’s website.
January 11th, 2013 | MetroPCS | 1 Comment
In the last year or so it seemed as though MetroPCS was greatly expanding the number of plans it offered for its LTE customers. It most recently added a $30 LTE plan, and last April it tinkered with its LTE plans. At that point they had four plans, but this week they announced a reduction to three. The elimination of options does mean waving goodbye to the $30 plan, but that was promotional in nature. The three remaining plans offer MetroPCS customers straightforward options for their smartphone needs.
December 26th, 2012 | MetroPCS | No Comments
The latest 4G LTE smartphone from MetroPCS is the ZTE Avid 4G, a solidly mid-range handset with some high-end features. The 1.2GHz dual-core processor will appeal to those who want high-end specs, though the 800 x 4800 pixel screen will turn off those seeking a higher definition experience. The Avid does run Android 4.0, which is pretty much required these days. The 4-inch display is large enough, without getting into the gargantuan ranges of the Galaxy SIII and Galaxy Note II. The price is right, too: you can get the Avid 4G at MetroPCS’s website for $149.
Via Phone Scoop.
December 7th, 2012 | MetroPCS | 4 Comments
For MetroPCS and Samsung, it was time for an upgrade. Last year they launched the Samsung Admire, a value-based Android handset that was targeted for the back-to-school market. Yesterday they announced the release of the sequel, and it gets a few upgrade. The first comes in name, where the Samsung Admire becomes the Samsung Galaxy Admire 4G. The name begets the 4G LTE upgrade. Also along the ride is the processor, which gets a boost to 1GHz, and the screen, which is a slightly bigger 3.65 inches. It is also compatible with Joyn. The Admire 4G is nothing that will blow you out of the water, but it can still provide value given its price of $169. It is available on MetroPCS’s website and retailers nationwide.
December 4th, 2012 | MetroPCS | No Comments
To kick off November MetroPCS launched a new service: Joyn. It’s a pretty simple communications program that allows video chat, BBM-style instant messaging, file sharing, and more. It was previously only available for the Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G, but has now expanded in scope. Customers who own the Samsung Galaxy S III< the Lightray 4G, the LG Connect 4G, Motion 4G, the ZTE Anthem 4G, and the Coolpad Quattro 4G can now hook up to Joyn. That's a big step for the service; without a critical mass of users it's not very effective. Users can download Joyn from Google Play.
Via Phone Scoop.
November 9th, 2012 | MetroPCS | No Comments
Since T-Mobile is a more nationally known brand than MetroPCS, it sounded as though the merger between the two companies would mean the end for the latter brand. Given recent comments from a MetroPCS executive, though, that does not seem to be the case. CFO Braxton Carter said that MetroPCS will use the new network space from T-Mobile to expand into markets it does not currently occupy. This presents a number of issues, of course, but it also makes a degree of sense, given how both carriers operate.
November 1st, 2012 | MetroPCS | No Comments
Yesterday MetroPCS released a suite of communications services, dubbed Joyn. These include a messaging service similar to BlackBerry Messenger and iMessage, a video chat service akin to FaceTime, and a content sharing protocol. As with BBM and iMessage, MetroPCS’s message service will not count against a user’s SMS monthly total — though since MetroPCS offers unlimited SMS on all Android plans it seems to be a moot point. Users can also share videos, images, and files through this messaging service, much like BBM. Like native the native Android contact list, which indicates whether contacts are signed into Google Talk, Joyn will let MetroPCS customers know which of their contacts are currently connected to Joyn. While this service will be rolled out on a more widespread basis in the future, is is currently only available to MetroPCS users with the Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G, which is available on MetroPCS’s website for $130.
Via The Verge.
October 31st, 2012 | MetroPCS | No Comments
It’s usually not good news when a cellular provider loses customers in any given quarter. Yet the news that MetroPCS lost more than 300,000 subscribers in the third quarter actually boosted its standing. The reason: 4G LTE services. While Metro’s subscriber numbers dipped to 8.9 million, they now boast 1 million of them using 4G LTE services. LTE users provide a higher ARPU for the company, meaning it reported higher net income numbers than the third quarter of 2011. As we learned during the third quarter, T-Mobile has made a bid to acquire MetropCS, though Softbank, which will acquire a significant stake in Sprint, could be poised to make a counteroffer. Given its shift towards more profitable LTE customers, it’s no wonder why MetroPCS is in demand.
October 24th, 2012 | MetroPCS | No Comments
MetroPCS has released a new feature phone, amid its flurry of Android smartphone additions. The Huawei Verge is a basic candybar phone, featuring a 2.4-inch color screen. As with most feature phones these days, there’s really not much to advertise. It gets the basic talk and text jobs done well enough, and fits well with Metro’s cheaper $40 and $45 3G plans. The Verge is available now for $50 on MetroPCS’s website.
Via Phone Scoop.
October 23rd, 2012 | MetroPCS | 4 Comments
The big news of last week was MetroPCS announcing the availability of the Samsung Galaxy S III. Customers can buy one right now for $500. That might seem steep, but it’s $100 cheaper than it costs off-contract with carriers such as Verizon. One of the Galaxy S III’s big features is NFC, or Near-Field Communications. Among other features, it allows users to take advantage of mobile payment options. MetroPCS customers will get a chance to try that out: Google has announced that MetroPCS will support Google Wallet, joining Sprint. Galaxy S III customers with MetroPCS can download Google Wallet at Google Play.
Via The Verge.
October 19th, 2012 | MetroPCS | No Comments
We’ve known for a while that MetroPCS would eventually offer the Samsung Galaxy S III, one of the hottest smartphones on the planet. Today they announced that it will become available this Monday, October 22. It’s no different than any other Galaxy S III model on major carriers, and even runs on MetroPCS’s LTE network. It will cost $500, though, which is just slightly less than the off-contract price at major carriers. Again, it is available on October 22 at MetroPCS retailers and on MetroPCS’s website.
Via Phone Scoop.