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MetroPCS GSM BYOD SIMs Now Available in All Markets, GSM Phones Available Online



MetroPCS has updated their web page with a banner saying that BYOD (Bring Your Own Device SIMs are now available in MetroPCS stores in all cities.

The SIMs, which cost $15 will let you use most unlocked GSM phones on the MetroPCS GSM network (actually the T-Mobile network). MetroPCS says the GSM service doesn't support BlackBerrys, tablets or mobile hotspots.

In another change, it looks like MetroPCS' GSM phones, including the brand new $149  LG Optimus F3 LTE Android phone, are now available online.  The Nokia Lumia 521, which was also supposed to be available today is not showing online yet.

MetroPCS also put the new Samsung Galaxy Exhibit GSM Android phone on sale today for $99 after a $30 mail in rebate.

SIMs are not available online and the GSM phones only seem to show up if you enter the zip code of one of the 21 official MetroPCS markets. If you don't see them use zipcode 94102. I don't know if it's possible to order as if you were in a GSM market and have a phone shipped to a non-GSM one.

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  1. Its way to complicated to buy/activate GSM on Metro, just do it on T-Mobile or their MVNO's they have the plans, or better.

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    1. Yes, it is so complicated. You have to get in your car, drive to a MetroPCS store or Metro-authorized dealer and buy a SIM card. Let's all pay more or get less to avoid the complexity.

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    2. That was too funny...lol

      HELLS_BELLS

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  2. so if I live in a MetroPCS city and get a MetroPCS GSM SIM card and activate service, then travel to a city that has Tmobile coverage BUT is not a MetroPCS city -- will my phone work? Or does it work just like any other Tmobile MVNO or ATT MVNO (redpocket, airvoice, H20, etc)

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    1. Yes a MetroPCS GSM phone or SIM will work anywhere that T-Mobile has service.

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    2. I do not live in a MetroPCS city and there are no MetroPCS stores here. We have quite a few MetroPCS-authorized retailers now, so getting the SIM card should not be difficult.

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  3. The newly reinvigorated T-Mobile management team up in Seattle must be real busy beavers this summer.

    Their owners in Germany must be licking their chops based on all the "buzz" T-Mobile is generating, so much so that the Germans can hurry up and sell the damn company...but to whom? One of the investment banking firms (Apollo, Cerberus, Blackwood or Eddie Lampert--think KMart/Sears, etc.)?, or maybe the one that everyone loves to hate....Echostar and Dish head honcho Charlie Ergen. Charlie is just salavating like a kid waiting for a new Xbox game to buy a cell phone carrier.

    Look what T-Mobile has on tap for Saturday....yes, Zero (0) down free phones (for well qualified credit customers...sounds like an ad for a car lease). Just in time for back to school! Yipee. Run down to T-Mobile on Saturday and get that brand new 4G LTE phone in your hands.

    Look here: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/t-mobile-promotes-unprecedented-deal-this-summer-zero-dollars-down-for-all-devices-2013-07-26?link=mw_test001_skynet

    I wonder what the busy beavers at T-Mobile have on the menu for Sunday Brunch, uncapped streaming data on all plans?

    HELLS_BELLS

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  4. The F3 is 149.00 and sometimes l don't understand device pricing...its the same price as the L9, same specs....and yes l know it says dual core 1ghz for L9 and dual core 1.2ghz for F3 but really its the same model processor. The BYOD program is a awesome way for metroPCS/T-Mobile to grow....I love this industry..

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    1. Thanks for the correction on the F3 price.

      The L9 and f# are actually quite different.
      The L9 has a bigger, higher resolution screen but no LTE.
      The F3 has LTE and slightly longer battery life.

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  5. Also dont forget the rebate!!!!....bring a unlocked at&t device and get $50 dollar rebate and if thats not enough an additional $50 if you port your number from another carrier....

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  6. The Tampa Bay Area is being merged together with metroPCS and Tmobile LTE as we speak...Its should be a great experience for MetroPCS customers....The New Tmobile is a greatly though out idea....Congrats Tmobile/MetroPCS

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  7. BYOD 4 phones to MetroPCS and get 4 lines of the $40 plan for $100/month with this promotion:
    http://www.metropcs.com/metro/promotions/promotionsDetail.jsp?promoId=promo830004&int_camp=4for100-plan-hp-a3-spot#

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    1. The Terms say "Offer combinable with other rate plans," so you could probably upgrade a line to the $50 plan for $10 extra/month.

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    2. My understanding is that means that means you still get the normal $5/month family plan discount for additional phones on different plans.

      So three phones on the $40 plan would be $90 plus one on the $50 plan would be $45 more for a total of $135.

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