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Metro PCS Prepaid Cell Phone Plans Review

Overview

In the last decade MetroPCS has gone from a small regional carrier to the fifth largest cellular network operator in the US. In 2010 they became the first carrier to offer a commercial 4G LTE network.

Pros: MetroPCS offers a variety of flat-rate plans that offer unlimited voice, messaging, and data options. Their LTE service means fast speeds where available.

Cons: While the company has expanded in the last few years, MetroPCS is still only available in certain regions of the country. 

Cheapest Price Per Minute: Unlimited plans = no cost per minute
Unlimited Data Available: Yes
Unlimited Texting Available: Yes
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Lowest Price Per Anytime Minute: Unlimited plans = no cost per minute  

Plans: MetroPCS offers three plans, all of which include unlimited talk, text, and data. The difference is in the amount of 4G LTE data provided. The 40 dollar plan provides 500MB of 4G LTE data, the 50 dollar plan includes 2.5GB, and the 60 dollar plan includes truly unlimited 4G LTE data. Family plans are also available. The cost is the same, minus 5 dollars per month per line.  Read more about Metro PCS plans

Customer Service: MetroPCS offers three plans, all of which include unlimited talk, text, and data. The difference is in the amount of 4G LTE data provided. The 40 dollar plan provides 500MB of 4G LTE data, the 50 dollar plan includes 2.5GB, and the 60 dollar plan includes truly unlimited 4G LTE data. Family plans are also available. The cost is the same, minus 5 dollars per month per line.  

Free Nights: Unlimited  

Credit Check: None  

Free Weekends: Unlimited  

Contract: None  

Daily Access Fee: No  

Payment Options: The MetroPCS auto-pay feature allows for payment to be made automatically with a credit or debit card each month when payment is due. You can also pay by check, cash, credit card or debit card at a retail location for a transaction fee. Customers also have the ability to pay over the phone with credit or debit card for a transaction fee. Additionally, payments may be made by mail or a drop box located at a retail location for no transaction fee.  

Text and Picture Messaging: Unlimited text and picture messaging is available on all plans.  

Data Plans: MetroPCS offers unlimited data with all of its plans, though the 40 dollar and 50 dollar plans are limited in how much 4G LTE data they can consume. The 40 dollar plan is limited to 500MB and the 50 dollar plan is limited to 2.5GB.  

Downloads: Ringtones, games, pictures, and information are available for download. Prices start at $1.99 each and go up from there.  

International Calling: International calling is available with the 45 and 50 dollar plans for 5 dollars per month.  

Text Messaging Available: Yes  

Roaming Charges: MetroPCS offers roaming capabilities for customers with a 40 dollar or higher plan, which allows them to roam in over 4,600 cities nationwide. MetroPCS also offers the ability to roam on your credit card, outside of extended coverage, with their TravelTalk program for an additional charge of 19 cents per minute, with unlimited text messaging included.  

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Text Messaging Charge For Incoming: No  

Calling Features: Caller ID and call waiting are available with all plans. Voicemail is included with all plans 40 dollars and up. Call forwarding can be added for 5 dollars per month.  

Unlimited Text Messaging Plan Available: Yes  

Activation Fee: There is no activation fee if you purchase a new phone when signing up for service. A 15 dollar re-activation fee will apply to suspended accounts or returning customers.  

Nationwide Long Distance: Nationwide long distance is included in all plans 35 dollars and higher.  

Unlimited Plan Available: Yes  

411 Calls: MetroPCS offers unlimited directory assistance is available for 2 dollars per month for anywhere in the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico.  

Earliest Minute Expiration: MetroPCS has unlimited calling with all plans, so there are no minutes to purchase or expire. You can prepay your account several months in advance should you choose  

911 Calls: Yes  

Phones: All phones offered by MetroPCS have color screens and are capable of downloading ringtones and a few of the phones offered have cameras and games. MetroPCS also offers a wide selection of brands.  

Standard Calling Features: voicemail, caller id, call waiting, 3 way, enhanced voicemail  

Some Available Cell Models: Samsung Galaxy Admire (shown) LG Spirit 4G ZTE Avid 4G Samsung Galaxy S III LG Motion 4G  

Coverage Map: MetroPCS Coverage Map  

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Cheapest Phone Model: varies  


Visit Website: Visit Metro PCS  
Cheapest Price Per Minute: Unlimited plans = no cost per minute
Unlimited Data Available: Yes
Unlimited Texting Available: Yes
Shop For Deals on Metro PCS Plans and Phones
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Metro PCS Reviews
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3 stars of 5 based on 556 reviews

Forrest 1/31/2013
I technically been a customer for 2 years now. I have the GS3 I got it for $349 during black Friday. I am in college in Fitchburg Massachusetts, I work and live in the Worcester county area and go clubbing in providence. Everywhere I go I get 4G, I have never dropped a call, nor had failing texts, and my online payments are really simple and I have never had to call customer service. I get about 2.5mb down on LTE on average. But I am noticing Metro PCS's service is getting more efficient on LTE service (since I am getting stronger bars in bigger buildings) and it is getting faster too! Love them, for $60 with Hotspot included I can't complain. I got an email from Metro PCS as well saying I shall be getting Jellybean in a couple weeks AND they're LTE speeds in the spots, should be a minimum of 8mb down. So I am excited!! :)

John 1/24/2013
Service range has been good. I live about 40 miles from Boston and have only had service problems in the areas that all providers experience service problems. I have good service in central Maine, and during a Hawaiian vacation. Internet access though is sometimes difficult in remote areas. As for customer service, it is below average. I get the same incompetence that all big companies have, but English is almost always a second language. However, I have needed that service rarely. Still, for $50 per month I feel I get a broad range of services and features.

Katy 12/26/2012
My phone works great where I live in GA. There are some dead zones, ironically the same place as AT&T had here! I love my Samsung Motion Android. Very reasonably priced too. NEVER any unknown charges popping up! Also, they take off $5 for every other person you add to the plan. I also get mobile hot spot for no charge. I am definitely satisfied although I had some customer service issues, I asked for a Supervisor and was given one immediately. He was able to resolve my problem.

Fernando 7/13/2012
I live in vegas and this phone campany is so much better than criket.I have the samsung admire and it is really a great phone just wish it had a front camera but other than that the 3g is super fast and the service is great like i get a few drpoped calls here and there but nothing big:) but for 50 dollars i get good 3g and unlimited everything, what more can i ask from metro they have been so good and way btter than criket trust me worst company and very cheap phones and worst service ever-__-* I recomend this company to anyone but everything is fine so dont wrry about worst company just make sure you know somone who has it and they like it cause service depends where you live but other than that great company!!!:D

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Cheapest Price Per Minute: Unlimited plans = no cost per minute
Unlimited Data Available: Yes
Unlimited Texting Available: Yes
Shop For Deals on Metro PCS Plans and Phones
Visit the Official Metro PCS Website