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MetroPCS Launches First Tablet and Tablet Plans

T-Mobile’s MetroPCS prepaid brand has launched its first tablet along with companion tablet plans. It's the ALCATEL ONETOUCH POP 7 which is priced at $149 (plus tax) and features:

  • 4G (21 Mbps HSPA+, not LTE), Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity
  • 7” 600 x 1024px Display
  • 1.3 GHz Mediatek Dual-Core Processor
  • 2 MP rear camera
  • 1GB RAM, 8GB (5.6GB available) internal memory, SD card slot supports up to 32GB cards
  • Android™ 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • GPS
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 3240 mAh battery, for up to 8 hours of Web browsing and 360 hours standby
  • Dimensions: 7.6 x 4.4 x 0.35 in
  • Weight:10.22 oz
The ALCATEL ONETOUCH POP 7 is currently only available at MetroPCS stores, not online.

There are three new tablet rate plans:

  • $15 / month: Unlimited data with first 1GB of high-speed data at up to 4G speeds
  • $25 / month: Unlimited data with first 3GB of high-speed data at up to 4G speeds
  • $35 / month: Unlimited data with first 5GB of high-speed data at up to 4G speeds
All plans also include unlimited domestic text messaging. MetroPCS customers receive a $5 monthly instant discount when they add the POP 7 to their existing MetroPCS phone service. For current customers, the rate plans (with discount) are:

  • $10 / month: Unlimited data with first 1GB of high-speed data at up to 4G speeds
  • $20 / month: Unlimited data with first 3GB of high-speed data at up to 4G speeds
  • $30 / month: Unlimited data with first 5GB of high-speed data at up to 4G speeds
There are also several tablet plan add-ons:

  • $5/month mobile hotspot
  • $5/month unlimited international texting
In announcing the tablet and tablet plans T-Mobile CEO John Legere took his customary dig at the competition saying:

"T-Mobile and MetroPCS are already number one in prepaid, and we are not stopping there. We are blazing trails again – this time with tablets for the prepaid market through MetroPCS. Want a tablet from Boost or Cricket? They’ve got nothing.

MetroPCS' tablet plans are competitively priced, especially 3GB and 5GB plans, particularly if you are a MetroPCS customer and can take advantage of the $5 month discount. T-Mobile's announcement didn't say anything about being able to use your own tablet on the plans. Hopefully, that's possible. I've asked MetroPCS about "Bring You Own Tablet" support and will update this post when I get their answer. The plan's descriptions on the MetroPCS site say that LTE data is included suggesting that more capable tablets can be used.

Update: A MetroPCS spokesperson has informed Prepaid Phone News that bring your own tablet is NOT supported currently but might be in the future. 

Source: T-Mobile

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Prepaid Operator Profile: MetroPCS
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  1. Seems too much we are making suggestions for your excellent site. But one did come to mind. Some of the carriers are MVNOs, some aren't, and some are just the main ones.

    Suggestion: the ones that are actual divisions get listed like this
    ATT-Cricket
    Sprint-Virgin
    TMobile-MetroPCS

    and the ones that are their own business get listed sepately?

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    1. Voted down. That's fine with me, at least we have the (s), (t) after them so we can identify them, and for example those of us in the 70% of the country not covered by Sprint and T-Mobile can ignore those entirely.

      By the way, I had a guy in a phone shop insist to me that the new Cricket was not a division of ATT, but was a separate company. ... an MVNO... with some ATT investment. So which is it?

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    2. AT&T purchased Cricket outright, its wholly owned by AT&T.

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  2. Metro has some great plans, but needs a better selection of phones. Why Metro doesn't carry any HTC phones?

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    1. HTC is pretty much a legacy company. I remember when they were all the rage 4 or 5 years ago.

      As for their selection, i see 14 phones. I wouldn't doubt that there were many many others you get used and run on MetroPC as well. I guess I don't consider their 14 phones currently advertised...., including a few top-of-the-line flagships... all the down to a flip dumbphone..., to be a bad selection

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    2. Legacy company? Heard of the brand new Nexus 9? HTC makes it. The HTC One M8 flagship? Geez, at least try to give good information.

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    3. The M8 is a nice try to catch up after lagging for so long, but it is an also-ran.

      The Nexus? It's not an HTC, it's a Nexus and proof that the HTC company itself is falling behind....when it is making hardware for someone with a better name to put a sticker on and sell.

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    4. The M8 can't run with the big dogs. The camera? Just a 4-megapixel camera with better low-light performance. Which is half (or less!) than what the S5, iPhone 6, G3 and other true flagships have. And it just goes on from there, when it comes to features. The HTC M8 is a great flagship... for 2012.

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    5. Here's a commenter named Adam Welsch telling about one of the M8's major design flaws. Yes, they share it with the iPhones, but at least you can get excellent flagships like the S5 that don't cut corners like this.

      "The reason why it's non-removable is that HTC can charge you 90 dollars to ship your phone to get a new battery if it was removable a battery would cost you 20 bucks, so it's a money making tree, I want the new Samsung because it has the removable battery, this way I can buy 2 batteries, not gonna be the nerd in starbucks looking for the outlet or going to a Pennywise concert and can't record because the battery died. This way I can bring 2 batteries with me and switch it out. I use to love the HTC but since it is not removable I am leaving them "

      That pretty much says it right there. Its a user-hostile mentality from HTC and Apple on this. If these companies made TV remotes, you'd have to spend $30 mailing them somewhere any time the sealed-in batteries went bad.

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  3. Nice plans, but POS tablet.

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  4. Mediatek processors are garbage.

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  5. Could you purchase those plans on a phone Sim or do you need a tablet Sim card.

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    1. The tablet plans are only supposed to work with the Alcatel tablet.

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  6. T-Mobile's tablet data match up to 5GB is a better offer right now but about time Metropcs....They are really growing metropcs but there are rumors of t-mobile dropping ultra from the Simply Prepaid branding and adding Metropcs to the lineup so it would be T-Mobile/Univision/GoSmart/MetroPcs under the same Prepaid Exclusive store..

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  7. can amyone tell me if the bring your own table to metro pcs is available now?

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    1. No you still can's bring your own tablet to MetroPCS.

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    2. Get an unlocked gsm tablet and put a metropcs phone Sim in there it works!

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