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MetroPCS introduces pay-per-minute plans

MetroPCS made a splash yesterday by offering monthly plans with limited minutes. The refill cards will be available only at Walmart for the time being. These will come in two tiers, $20 and $30, which lead right into the $40 unlimited plan. The $20 card has 500 minutes, unlimited text messaging, and 500MB of data. The $30 card had 1,000 minutes, unlimited text messaging, and 100MB of data. Goldstein also mentions a $10 card that has 200 minutes and unlimited incoming text messaging, but I didn’t see that on MetroPCS’s website. But I did find an FAQ, which provides some interesting facts.

Picture messaging is available; it counts towards your data usage. That means the size of the picture you send factors into the cost of the message. You can use the extended home coverage area, but it does cost extra. Smartphones and 4G phones are not compatible with the By the Minute plans.