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MetroPCS $25 Unlimited Talk and Text Plan Now Available With GSM Feature Phones

MetroPCS has updated its $25/month Unlimited Talk and Text plan terms to allow the use of two new feature phones which run on the T-Mobile GSM network. Previously only phones that used the old MetroPCS CDMA network were allowed with this plan.

The new phones are the:
  • Alcatel 668, a $49.99 flip phone with a 2.4" 240x320px screen, 2MP camera with video capture, FM radio and MP3 player.
  • Samsung Freeform M, a $59.99 BlackBerry style QWERTY with  2.4" 320x240px screen, 2MP camera with video capture, MP3 player, email client, 3G and WiFi.
The GSM feature phones are not available in all markets yet.

The $25 plan includes unlimited voice minutes and SMS messages. MMS picture messaging and data are not included. MMS is a available as a $5/month add-on but data is off limits.

The $25 plan only available to new customers and at MetroPCS stores, not online. There is a $10 "promotional" fee to activate and the customer must buy a new MetroPCS feature phone.

Update: a reader pointed out that there's a $30 instant rebate offer on the Alcatel 668 and another offer that lets you buy two Samsung Freeform M's for $50. Both offers are good until Sept 30 and require a new activation and are only available in the following markets:
Austin, Baltimore/Washington D.C, Birmingham, Cleveland/Akron, Corpus Christi, Fresno, Houston, Memphis, New Orleans, Rio Grande Valley/Laredo, San Antonio, San Diego, Seattle/Tacoma, Tallahassee, and Toledo/Sandusky.

Related posts:
MetroPCS GSM Launches in 15 More Markets, Adds Nokia Lumia 521 and LG Optimus F3 GSM Phones
MetroPCS Brings Back $25 Unlimited Talk and Text Plan

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  1. Waste of time. Same price as Spot Mobile, but without any phones restrictions and no "promotional" fee+ free international txts. If they drop Metro's price to $15 a month, than its a good price.

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    1. Spot has poor customer service and no roaming coverage. MetroPCS has good customer service and roams on AT&T. Don't waste you time or money on Spot. Look how much money they lost over the past year or so. They will probably go out of business and leave you stranded. MetroPCS is going to thrive.

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  2. You can get a $30 rebate at the store on the Alcatel.
    http://www.metropcs.com/assets/promos/current/BackSchool-Aug1-2013/AlcatelIRTerms.html

    You can also get two of the Freeform Ms for $50.
    http://www.metropcs.com/assets/promos/current/50-50-Offer/50-50-OfferTerms.html

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  3. The freeform M is the Tracfone s390g.......Completely junk!!!!

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  4. I rather liked the Samsung S390G, which I had on Net10. The only two issues I had with it were the standard right soft key triggering the browser, which burnt up data inadvertantly, and the problem of it pocket dialing 911 by itself. The pocket dialing issue was solved by not locking the phone but instead keying in a few numbers before it went to sleep, like 1,2,3. That kept it from dialing 911 in your pocket. Check the thread on this elsewhere on this site.

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  5. Metropcs will strive due to the strength of its parent company T-Mobile. T-mobile will need the metropcs name to fill the gap of the placement of metropcs locations meaning T-mobile will not put there name in that low demographic but as for the plan GoSmart Mobile Unlimited Talk, Text & Picture Messaging for $30.00. The competition out there is getting very heated...I Love It....

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  6. Hopefully, this means T-mobile will consider for their pre-paid plans; finally replacing that garbage 1500 minutes/texts plan for $30. For awhile now MVNO's have had unlimited talk and text plans for around the $30 margin. I understand since T-mobile is a national carrier they will charge a little bit more.

    Seeing as Metro undercuts all of T-mobile's prices by $10; then it is a possibility maybe T-mobile will get rid of that $30 1500 minute/text plan and add a $35 unlimited talk and text including MMS pay in advance plan which would be exactly $10 more than the Metro $25 unlimited talk and text plan with no MMS or $5 more if the person includes MMS for a total of $30.

    I have an unlimited text line with T-mobile which includes sms, mms, audio, and video messages. Grandfathered early Monthly 4g plan. 10 cents pay as you go minutes. In which I pay $15 monthly with tax total equals $16.54 cents monthly. Yeswap do you think that T-mobile might add and unlimited talk and text plan and charge about the going rate which is $10 more dollars than Metro for it? Have heard anything about T-mobile adding new pre-paid plans? I thought I read something like after they starting opening the new Metro stores that T-mobile might unleash and new pre-paid plan. I know if they do I will switch next billing cycle and T-mobile would be getting $20 more a month from me which is more revenue for them.

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    1. I believe that in the short term T-Mobile is de-emphasizing their branded prepaid service in favor of MetroPCS and GoSmart. TMO prepaid won't be promoted and plans will not change much if at all.

      That could change if the strategy doesn't work out or a management shake up occurs.

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  7. I agree that Spot Mobile is the best deal for those having a GSM unlocked phone or Tmobile phone that wants unlimited talk and text for $25 per month. There won't be much need to contact customer service if you just pay your bill each month. This is great for those needing to use their smartphone such as an iphone without having to pay for mandatory data.

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    1. I like the fact that Spot can handle a lot more phones, but I don't think they will attract many smartphone users to the $25 plan. Why buy a smartphone if you can't afford to use data on the go? Just a status symbol? For just $5 more per month you can really enjoy your iphone on AirVoice with 100mb. And you get good coverage, unlike the small Tmobile native network. I think MetroPCS with AT&T roaming is a better deal than Spot at the $25 price/month. You can actually make and receive calls when you leave town and take a country road!

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  8. Can't you just activate the Metro feature phone on the $25 plan, then move the SIM to any unlocked phone you want? Metro doesn't lock the SIM to their feature phone, do they?

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    1. I don't know about Metro, but on T-Mobile, you can use any unlocked smart phone, on ANY plan. Also, I don't think T-Mobile sim will work on Metro locked GSM phones, and vice a versa.

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  9. You can try. I suspect it wouldn't work. When Metro detects that your are using a smartphone they may block access until you upgrade to a compatible plan..

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  10. One scenario to use an iphone with talk and text only on Spot Mobile is this:

    We passed our old iphone 3GS and 4S to our children. They love to use apps on WIFI and want to talk and text using iMessage and SMS (unlimited).
    Parents don't want to pay mandatory data and love the fact they can't get data at school, only at home on wifi. Using Spot Mobile for unlimited texts or other MVNO such as Lycamobile or even Airvoice $10 plan is great for this! MetroPCS doesn't allow this yet on iPhones or Galaxies.

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    1. Lots of teens don't talk much, and parents can save by using AT&T $20/month) or Kajeet $15+10% tax, or $16.50. Unlimited sms, and 10c/minute. Kajeet has excellent parent controls. Ting is another possibility. You can turn off data, limit voice to 100 and allow up to 4000 texts/month for $20/month plus gov taxes. Includes roaming on Vzw, unlike Kajeet.

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  11. Just curious, why don't carriers let you use any phone on any plan? There are lots of reasons someone might want to use a smart phone just for calling and texts, while using WiFi for data needs.

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    1. Marketing, the goal is to make the cheaper plans less attractive and thus steer customers toward the more expensive ones. But that strategy is risky because competitors can steal their customers by offering the missing features on their lowest priced plans.

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