MetroPCS announced today that starting this Thursday, Aug 23, customers will be able to sign up for a new $55/month promotional plan that includes unlimited voice, messaging and truly unlimited 4G LTE data.
That's a significant reduction from the $70 that MetroPCS normally charges for unlimited data with no cap or throttling. However, the $70 plan includes Rhapsody Unlimited Music and MetroStudio Video On Demand, which the $55 plan lacks. Given how much free music and video streaming is available on the web, I don't see that as much of a loss.
The new plan is a limited time promotion. Metro isn't saying when the promo will end but promises that once users are on the $55 plan they can keep it for as long as they remain a MetroPCS customer.
For customers on family plans, there's a $5 discount on up to three additional lines, so the new plan is only $50 per month on the account's second, third and fourth lines.
To go along with the new plan MetroPCS is launching a new LTE phone, the LG Motion 4G, shown above, priced at $149. It has a speedy 1.2 GHz dual core processor. It's also Metro's first Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS phone.
Other features of the Motion4G include a 5MP camera with 1080p HD video recording and LED flash and a 3.5 inch HVGA (320x480px) Gorilla Glass screen. The camera also lets you shoot video and still photos simultaneously and includes something Metro is calling a "Cheese Shutter" which allows users to take photos using the sound of their voice.
MetroPCS also announced a family plan LTE phone promotion that gives consumers a $50 mail-in rebate on the second of any two 4G LTE smartphone purchases. The rebate offer applies to all of MetroPCS 4G LTE phones, including the LG Motion 4G. So a second Motion 4G would only be $99.
The LG Motion is apparently the first of five new LTE phones that MetroPCS plans to release this year. At the press event for today's announcements, the company teased with the slide below showing (left to right), an entry level LTE phone from a company called Coolpad, an unnamed big-screened ZTE phone, a nameless mid-sized Samsung with VoLTE (voice over LTE) support and Samsung's flagship Galaxy S III. It looks like it will be an exciting fall season for MetroPCS fans and watchers.