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Metro PCS Launches $40/month Unlimited LTE Plan

Starting today, MetroPCS is offering a new $40/month Unlimited 4G LTE plan that includes unlimited voice, messaging and Web browsing. However, the plan includes only 100 MB for music, video and "other" streaming.  As always, the devil is in the details and it's not clear how Metro defines and measures streaming.  Hopefully the plan includes "unlimited" data for everything except actual media streaming, but we won't really know until  users get on the plan and report their experiences. $50 and $60 LTE plans are also available which include 1 GB and Unlimited streaming, respectively

To qualify for this plan you need to be using one of MetroPCS's three Android LTE phones; the $199 Samsung Galaxy Attain or Samsung Galaxy Indulge or the $299 LG Esteem. Less expensive Android phones that don't support LTE still require a minimum $50/month plan. It does seem strange that slow data costs more than fast, but who ever said mobile plan pricing is supposed to make sense?

MetroPCS has native coverage in the New York City/Northern New Jersey, Atlanta, Bakersfield, Boston, Dallas, Detroit, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, Philadelphia, Riverside, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Bernardino, San Jose, Shreveport, and Tampa metropolitan areas and will only activate customers in those markets.

MetroPCS customers have voice, text and occasionally data, roaming service in most of the country, some of it free and some charged at 19¢ minute. I'm happy to see that MetroPCS has updated their coverage maps to clearly distinguish between native ("Home"), free roaming ("Extended Home") and extra cost ("Travel Talk") roaming areas.

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