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MetroPCS Adds More High Speed Data to Plans, Expands to New Markets

T-Mobile USA's MetroPCS brand  has added more data to two monthly plans and has also expanded MetroPCS availability to ten more markets.

The plan changes are:
  • The $40/month plan's high speed data allowance is increasing from 500MB to 1 GB.
  • The $50/month plan gets its high sped data bumped up from 2.5GB to 3GB.
Both plans include unlimited voice minutes, unlimited SMS and MMS messages and unlimited data. After the 1GB or 3GB high speed data allotment is used up, data speeds are slowed to 128Kbps for the rest of the plan month.

Customers will get the increased data automatically with no action required on their part. In a dig at Sprint's Boost Mobile, which is requiring current customers to request to be switched to Boost's new plans that include more data for less, T-Mobile says "...unlike with other wireless providers who make their customers jump through hoops or opt-in to get their latest deals, MetroPCS isn’t asking customers to lift a finger. The new high speed data just shows up automatically. There’s no extra cost, no additional paperwork and no hoops required".

The new MetroPCS markets are:
  • Chattanooga, TN
  • Chicago, IL
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Minneapolis-St.Paul, MN
  • Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, VA
  • Richmond-Petersburg, VA
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Yakima-Pasco-Richland-Kennewick, WA
All of these cities have had T-Mobile service for years and MetroPCS runs on the T-Mobile network. MetroPCS GSM phones have always worked in the "new" markets. However, T-Mobile limits MetroPCS availability to markets were it has franchised MetroPCS stores. Even though MetroPCS sells phones online they won't ship to customers in non-MetroPCS markets or activate phones in them. I believe this policy is intended help MetroPCS dealers to get a foothold in new markets.

T-Mobile has been continuously expanding MetroPCS availability, growing it from 15 metropolitan areas at the time of T-Mobile's acquisition of MetroPCS in May, 2013, to 55 metropolitan areas today.

Related:
Prepaid Operator Profile: MetroPCS
Boost Mobile Announces "Data Boost" Plans With Double the Data For Less

Source: T-Mobile, Image: Facebook


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  1. Metro needs a five line plan for $100 like Cricket

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  2. Most of St. LOUIS already had metro, must be a zip code thing.

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  3. Boosts $55 plan still gives you 3x as much data for only $5 more, unbeatable at the moment if you have decent Sprint coverage.

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    1. For only $5 more than Boost's $55 plan you get unlimited high speed data with the MetroPCS $60 plan. MetroPCS has roaming which means anywhere AT&T has coverage MetroPCS has service at least for calls. Boost and Virgin no roaming only Sprint's nowhere network.

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    2. Whether or not Sprint or TMobile is a nowhere network depends on where you are. For me, a network that allows call-only roaming and no data roaming is hardly any less crippled than one that does not.

      Compared to ATT and Verizon, these are both "nowhere networks" with major compromises at this time.

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    3. There aren't many prepaid operators that offer data roaming.

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  4. I'm curious if and when Net10 responds, their $50 plan doesn't seem all that competitive over the last few months.

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    1. Net10 and Straight Talk offer service on all four networks including Verizon for the same price. You can't compare their plans with anything on T-Mobile or Sprint. They have to be compared with Verizon MVNOs even if you're on another network.

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  5. Is Metro wholly owned by T-Mobile ?

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  6. Boost is still better.

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    1. How is Boost better?

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    2. The deal looks roughly the same as Boost, to me. The difference being whether you are covered by Boost or TMobile or not... both being relatively small carriers that, from the looks of the maps, cover less than half of the country. I suppose a true measure of which one is better overall might be looking at at the future for either of them building a lot of towers to connect to the big boys.

      And the parent companies, Sprint and T-Mobile, are never forthcoming about that sort of thing.

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    3. Boost plans are better. You pay less and get more data. Plus coverage is better than Metro.

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  7. T-Mobile/MetroPCS have thought this out well. Customers can now choose between 1GB $40, 2GB $45 (T-Mobile) or 3GB $50.

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  8. My Plan in my account says this:
    1GB (GSM Devices) / 500MB (CDMA Devices) at up to 4G LTE speeds

    My phone is a LG Motion, which is CDMA, so I don't think I will get the 1GB data. I will have to call to be sure.

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  9. Where did you get the new market list?

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    1. T-Mobile. Click the "Source" link at the bottom of the post.

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  10. Cricket's 2.5GB plan for $45 (with auto-pay) on AT&T and no taxes seems like a better deal.

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  11. New market or not, MetroPCS will not ship a phone to anywhere in VA.

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  12. But yet, these guys can't bring their service to one of the top 30 media markets in the States, Nashville. Boooo, Metro PCS.

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  13. Thank god for Metro PCS and the Nexus 5, I just switched to Metro from AT&T using my Nexus 5 which is an unlocked phone from Google not from a cellular company meaning I can use it on any GSM network provider like Att T-Mobile or Sprint as well as any prepaid service I choose. Well I use a ton of data because where I live DSL I internet which is the only way to have unlimited internet so I need an unlimited data plan. Currently Metro PCS is the only prepaid with true unlimited data and bandwidth, no data caps. Since I use a Nexus 5 I have the privilege of not having to conform to the plans that offer a hotspot use of 2.5GB which is strange period since. Hotspot usage is normally used to stream video and music, 2.5GB will allow you to watch 2 movies or maybe 3 to 5 TV shows. For some reason. My Nexus 5 isn't eligible for the hotspot 2.5GB plan, luckily it doesn't have to be restricted to a data cap. I can use my phones hotspot using my unlimited data.. 60 bucks for both! Now that is a deal! My suggestion to people wasting money on contract phone and data plans upnto 40 % more without any extra benefits. Do your research and choose the plan that gives you the most for y be money. I'm saving hundreds a month now and Im getting better service. It's a backwards system that most people don't even care to know or understand how it all works. I. Just glad I do. I think I've found the best deal out there, Finally!!




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