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MetroPCS Ends Promotional Plans, Revises, Simplifies Plan Pricing



As previously reported, MetroPCS' $30 and $50 LTE plan promotions ended yesterday. That means no new activations on these plans. But if you are already on one of theses plans you are grandfathered and stay on the plan.

Metro has taken the occasion to radically restructure its plan pricing.  Yesterday, even without the promotional plans, there were nine different regular monthly plans, some of which included extra features like no extra cost international texting or Rhaspody Music.

Now there are just three plans. all of which come with the same set of features including voicemail, unlimited IM, unlimited 411, unlimited international texting,  directory assistance and the "joyn" IM, Wi-Fi calling and media sharing service. Other features, such as Rhapsody, call forwarding and call blocking are available at an extra monthly cost for each service.

New MetroPCS Monthly Plans
Plan Allowed Devices Voice Messaging Data
$40 Unlimited Talk, Text and Data Any Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited (speed reduced after 500 MB)1
$50 Unlimited Talk, Text and Data Any Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited (speed reduced after 2.5 GB)1
$60 Unlimited Talk, Text and Data LTE Phones Only Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited, Unthrottled

1 Throttled speed is 144 Kbps or less.

For comparison the old non-promotional plans are listed below.  All came with unlimited voice, messaging and data.

Old MetroPCS Monthly Plans
Plan Allowed  Devices Limitations Extra Features
$40 Feature Phones Only

$40 LTE LTE phones Only Streaming Limited to 100 MB/month
$45 Feature Phones only
Unlimited International Texts and Directory Assistance
$50 Feature Phones & non-LTE Android phones
Unlimited International Texts, Unlimited Directory Assistance, Navigation, IM and Email
$50 LTE LTE phones only Streaming Limited to 1 GB/month Unlimited International Texts, Unlimited Directory Assistance, Navigation, IM and Email
$60 BlackBerry BlackBerrys
Unlimited International Texts, Directory Assistance, Navigation, IM and Email
$60 Rhapsody non-LTE Android phones
Unlimited Rhapsody Music, International Texts, Directory Assistance, Navigation, IM and Email
$60 LTE Rhapsody LTE phones only
Unlimited Rhapsody Music, International Texts, Directory Assistance, Navigation, IM and Email
$60 LTE Video LTE phones only
Unlimited MetroSTUDIO Video on demand, International Texts, Directory Assistance, Navigation, IM and Email

The new plans are certainly easier to understand and do include more standard features at the $40 price point.  But I'm not convinced that they offer extra value. The old non-promotional plans all came with unlimited data without throttling or caps (except for caps on streaming on a couple of plans).  Now the $40 and $50 plans have usage based data speed throttles. Current users on the old plans are grandfathered and may want stay on thoese plans, especially if they are using LTE phones which can take advantage of the unlimited, unthrottled data.

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