T-Mobile owned MetroPCS announced a new promotion today that cuts the price of its unlimited talk and text with unlimited, unthrottled data plan from $60 to $50 per month. The promotion is only available to users with an LTE capable MetroPCS branded phone. Bring your own phones and CDMA devices are not eligible for this offer. According to the offer's terms and conditions it's not available in Indiana either, which seems like a strange restriction.
This is a limited time promotion but customers who activate it by April 5 will get to keep the $50/month pricing indefinitely.
In addition, MetroPCS is giving its regular $40 and $50 plans an extra 1 GB of high data: With these changes MeroPCS' plan lineup looks like this:
- $40/month for unlimited talk, text and data including 2GB of high-speed data at up to 4G LTE speeds (up from 1GB)
- $50/month for unlimited talk, text and data including 4GB of high-speed data at up to 4G LTE speeds (up from 3GB)
- $60/month for unlimited 4G LTE talk, text and data (sign up for $50/month until April 5 with a MetroPCS LTE smartphone)
Unlimited everything including unlimited, unthrottled data for $50/month is a great deal. I can understand restricting the offer to LTE phones as LTE uses spectrum more efficiently than 3G UTMS and 4G HSPA+. But the requirement to use a MetroPCS phone doesn't make any sense to me. Most of Metro's phones are sold at heavily subsidized prices, whereas BYOP phones cost the company nothing. The device restriction also seems calculated to displease iPhone fans as MetroPCS doesn't sell the iPhone directly although unlocked and T-Mobile iPhones do work on Metro.