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MetroPCS CDMA Clearance: $25 Android and $99 LTE Phones



MetroPCS cut the prices of most of its CDMA phones steeply today. That makes sense as the T-Mobile owned carrier has announced that it's shutting down its CDMA network by mid-2015. The steepest discounts are on a bunch of basic non-LTE Android phones, which have been cut to $25 each for new and old customers alike.

The $25 Android phones are the Huawei M835, Huawei M835 tokidoki edition, Samsung Admire in red or grey, ZTE Score M, HTC Wildfire and LG Optimus M+. These phones originally sold for between $69 and $129. They are only available in MetroPCS stores while supplies last, not online. 

In addition, the $25 smartphones can now be activated on Metro's $25 unlimited Talk and Text plan which has been limited to feature phones until now. The $25 plan is only available to new customers and doesn't include any data, which is only available on plans $40 and higher. There's no MMS (picture messaging) with the $25 plan either but MMS can be added for $5/month extra.

Also on sale are four MetroPCS 4G LTE phones:

LG Motion 4G LTE Android phone $99 (reg $149)
Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G LTE Android phone $99 (reg $459)
ZTE Avid 4G LTE Android phone $99 (reg $149)
Huawei Premia 4G LTE Android phone $99 (reg $149.99)

The $99 sale runs through July 31, while supplies last. The Lightray and the Motion seem to be the best of the four $99 phones. The Lightray is notable for it's very good 4.3" 800x480px screen and 8 MP camera. It's also unusual in that it has a built in broadcast TV receiver.  But it's an older design with a single core processor and Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS. The Motion is a recent release with a snappy dual core processor that runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. But the 3.5" 320x480 px screen and 5MP camera are less impressive. The Avid and the Premia get consistently poor reviews and are probably best avoided.

There are some real bargains to be had with this sale. Just keep in mind that you will need to replace the phone in 2 years when the CDMA network is shut down in mid-2015, but by that time you will probably be ready for a new phone anyway.

Related posts:
MetroPCS to Begin Selling GSM phones and BYOP SIMS June 12
Closeout Pricing - $29 MetroPCS CDMA/LTE Android Phones
MetroPCS, T-Mobile Merger Finalized - What it Means for MetroPCS Customers


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  1. Not even for free I would take Metro PCS phones or network, they are really bad.

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  2. Does anyone knows if Metro's LTE phones are compatible with T-Mobile's LTE network.

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    1. Yes, Metro's LTE phones have been reported to get LTE data using T-Mobile towers in areas where Metro doesn't have LTE.

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  3. If you get a LTE phone with Metro today, do you still need to replace the device once the CDMA network gets shut down?

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    1. You will want to. The Motion and the Premia support VoLTE (Voice over LTE) may work for voice and data in LTE areas after the CDMA shutdown provided T-Mobile adopts VoLTE that's compatible with Metro's implementation.

      However LTE is unlikely to be available outside of metropolitan areas so coverage will be severely limited.

      The others don't support VoLTE so they will be data only devices at best.

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  4. Are Metro CDMA phone serial numbers in the Sprint PLBL database?
    Can they be used with other Sprint MVNOs like ECO or Kajeet when Metro shuts down their CDMA network?

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    1. No, only Sprint MVNO phones are in the PLBL database. Metro phones can't be used on Sprint MVNOs.

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  5. What network do these phones use? Is it sprint? It's cdma but it also has a sim for lte? Thanks.

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    1. http://www.prepaidphonenews.com/2012/03/prepaid-operator-profile-metropcs.html

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  6. LTE capable phones use a sim even on cdma

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  7. How stupid does MetroPCS think everyone is???
    Their CDMA legacy network is eventually going to shut down and customers will be left with useless phones. LTE is severely limited outside major metro areas if that is the only thing left compatible.
    Apparently they believe cleaning their CDMA phone inventory with really cheap prices will get rid of them.

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    1. Mid 2015 is forever in smart phone world. And Americans will but anything cheap!

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  8. True. But when cheap becomes useless hence another reason the whine and moan.

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