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MetroPCS Unveils $50/Month Unlimited, Unthrottled LTE Promo, Adds 1 GB to Other Plans



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)
MetroPCS plan prices include all taxes and fees, even state and local sales taxes and e911 fees. After the high speed data limit is reached, speeds are throttled to 128 Kbps for the remainder of the plan month. Hotspot use (limited to the plan's high speed data allotment or 2.5 GB/month on the unlimited high speed data plan) is available for an extra $5 per month.

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.

Source: T-Mobile

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  1. Too many restrictions....Forget them LOL I'll stick with cricket

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    1. The much higher data than Cricket is quite appealing. Running on a network with half the coverage of Cricket does not. Always the tradeoff.

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  2. The device restriction might allow them to have tighter control on rooting and tethering. That is just a guess.

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  3. You have to use a branded, MetroPCS phone? Well, that's a deal killer, lol.

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  4. Yeswap it actually makes a lot of sense. They are discounting $10 off the already good truly unlimited $60 plan. So, say somebody brings an unlocked At&t device and only stay say 2 months and get $10 off discount those 2 months; then Metro didn't make much money off them. However, by having the caveat of buying a Metro Pcs branded phone Metro will also make money off that and the customer will not leave at least before the 90 day period is up in order to receive an unlocked code. In my eyes it's a smart move by Metro.

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    1. There's no way MetroPCS makes money off of the phones it sells. The Samsung Avant is $150 from T-Mobile, but only $70 at MetroPCS. The Alcatel One Touch Fierce is $125 from TMobile, but only $50 from MetroPCS. With the Galaxy S5 it's $660 vs $590. The ZTE Zmax is $250 vs. $100. And so on for everything Metro carries.

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  5. "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."

    And I'm so grateful they do! Bought a MetroPCS LG-F6 for dirt cheep money and unlocked it to use as a paygo phone.

    Dale

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    1. They've closed that loophole. Now, the sale price only comes via a rebate that requires a couple of months of service.

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  6. Was almost enticed. The restrictions just killed it.

    Basically pay $10 more to use your unlocked phone for the unlimited $50 LTE plan. Maybe they want to sell more of their inventory as well. Virgin Mobile has similar restrictions like $5 off for iPhone users. And $50 unlimited plan from Sprint only for iPhone 6 users.

    Staying on my "top secret classified" T-Mobile $30 plan...for now.

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    1. At this point the "top secret classified" is one of the most well known plans from T-Mobile.

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    2. Glad to see there are others like myself who are able to see the value of T-Mobile's secret $30/month 5 GB of LTE, unlimited text, 100 MB of courtesy tethering + 100 minutes!

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    3. "At this point the 'top secret classified' is one of the most well known plans from T-Mobile."

      Not true. Most people I've talked to are oblivious of the secret plan. T-Mobile also don't go out of their ways to advertise it like the way they do with their other plans. SOURCE - http://www.cnet.com/news/is-this-the-best-smartphone-plan-ever/

      But the most clandestine part of the secret plan is that most people don't know HOW to best use it to it's fullest extent, essentially making it an almost unlimited everything plan for a mere $30/month. THAT's why we smart consumers refer to it as the T-Mobile $30/month secret plan." And I've been on and thrived on this plan for the past year. So I know what I'm talking about.

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    4. VOIP just doesn't work for everyone. I've tried TMo voip and I don't want to depend on it for voice. Everyone potentially has different use cases and the TMo $30 plan simply doesn't suit us all.

      By the way, I'm not sure why people just don't refer to it as the "$30 plan". There used to be more than one TMo prepaid $30 plan, but the original $30 plan is no longer offered.

      Also, and this is way down on the list of priorities, why doesn't TMo let you switch to the plan instead of requiring it at the time of activation? Of course you can accomplish it eventually, but why make it so difficult?

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    5. It may not work for you since you value voice, but for a lot of us who don't talk on the phone it's perfect... especially considering WiFi is everywhere. Your questions at the end of your post pretty much answered your own question as to why it's referred to as "secret plan."

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    6. Wifi is not everywhere, not by a long shot. Not a true statement, really.

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  7. Can you not buy a cheaper phone from them then switch the sim card to whatever phone you wanted?

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    1. They wouldn't make an unenforceable restriction. You can try it, but the network can read your MEID and would deny service (like it does with phone SIM in tablets and vice versa).

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  8. o.k. time for Cricket to chirp up with a better deal too... verizon added data, t mobile metro played unlimited card esp applicable to those in metro urban areas... both un throttled..

    maybe wishful thinking but could possibly the slower Cricket go to at least unlimited on it's $60 - likely not, but would it try a little faster speed ? or drop $ a couple bucks off their prices?
    BUT doubtful if their numbers don't slip.......

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    1. I don't think AT&T will be offering unlimited high speed data on their network anytime soon. But they might increase the amount of high speed data included with Cricket's $50 plan to better compete with MetroPCS. Maybe 10GB for $50 and 20GB for $60.

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  9. that "Abnormal Usage: Service may be slowed, suspended, terminated, or restricted for misuse, abnormal use, interference with our network or ability to provide quality service to other users, or roaming usage predominance" found in the terms and conditions likely normal in most contracts but for some heavy users likely means unlimited is still limited to >>> what amount of LTE data.. at speeds of .???? prepaid lower priority etc...

    still isn't this the cheapest unlimited deal available???

    but with WiFi is so many places now.. how many are really needing that much unlimited data? but for fifty bucks.....

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    1. "but with WiFi is so many places now.. how many are really needing that much unlimited data? but for fifty bucks"

      Only a tiny fraction of the country is covered by wifi. If you would like to stream audio in your car and you drive a lot, a very high data plan would be great.

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  10. Or they just want you to use Metro phones on there service? They are giving you a bonus if you use one of their phones.
    It's a steal to be honest 50 bucks a month for unlimited, unthrottled data? Sign me up.

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    1. A steal would be a real network like Verizon or even at&t.

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  11. I know people who have the unlimited plan with metro and they use 25-30 gigs a month and they aren't throttled, so when they say unlimited they mean it.

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    1. 30 gigs is hardly unlimited. Try using 300 (home broadband replacement) and see what happens.

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    2. They also mean it : that their Abnormal Usage: clause in the "$50 Period Terms and Conditions" applies when they want it to....( not unlike other companies)

      25 30 gbs is more than 10 times the average and that average continues to increase.. The question remains as to how many heavy data users' (and how many will soon want to use 10 20 or more gigs too)- can & will be acceptable, and as subscriber traffic increases and in which areas ...

      and what's the cut off to keep that new average data usage amount in the company's acceptable range (esp. so when all those low & typical "average" user are seemingly ever increasing their data usage as well)?

      Hopefully they'll keep it pretty much unlimited, but "abnormal use" looks like a loose definition, if normal is average, pretty much anything above a standard deviation over average usage is "abnormal usage"... and thus

      " misuse, abnormal use, interference with our network or ability to provide quality service to other users"
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      applies when they want it to too!

      hopefully many can max out their wants... but when dreaming of movie streaming & internet for the masses for hours a day.... just how much and even where can their bandwidth deliver?
      And just what is really a so called "data hog" today anyway... streaming music uses quite a bit of data, a couple of hours of movies... etc... a little internet..fi done everyday. it's easy to see how many could if affordable use a couple of gigs or more everyday.... Can or when will the spectrum ever handle delivering 60 to 100 gigs or more a month per line??? .

      The Metro website claims "VIDEO WITHOUT LIMITS" wonder how far some will be testing that statement.... maybe they'll let prepaidphonenews readers know if it works out.... (hopefully far more will try a 'within reason' usage approach)

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  12. Could it be Metro phones are now softwared to automatically go to WiFi if possible saving both cellular & data usage? (a possible reason for restriction to metro branded phones?)
    or do the metro branded phones possibly come loaded with Metro software for control or monitor of "priority" or speed on the T mobile network to not allow- in their definition - "abnormal usage" somehow? Or just make it easier for them to gain intel on such...

    Or will these phones on average (processor specs,memory) just not use as much data..
    the stats show those Apple users use quite a bit more data than other phone users... so no go then on getting the cheaper promo price and they by default have to pay more and/or don't leave T mobile plans.....
    so likely higher end BYOP phone owners use more data too....

    Quite Likely the bean counters have figured in a reason for the restrictions....

    those BYOP may simply be considered heavier data users on average...than those buying metro branded phones.. (and the S5 metro is still $589 so likely a little profit even if a more data consumer)..

    this deal is likely intended by design to get more users at this price point who don't need or use that much data, but pay a little more "just in case" than trying to draw in current (aka high end phone owners) that already burn considerable data monthly and will for years! and likely will increase that usage with bigger and faster phones....
    ( NOTE too that in the past a metro limited time price promo had been restricted to the specific phone purchased but NOT grandfathered for any Replacement of that phone---
    ?? wonder if there's fine print somewhere that this applies here too ????
    aka NO BYOP or swapping allowed-the Price Promo Deal is tied to their specific phone not the line/account... thus disappears from their books when users breaks or wants to upgrade!!
    thereby Guaranteeing an fairly predictable planned product promo Obsolescence)

    The Indiana restriction may have something to do with state Consumer Protection laws restricting restrictions of some kind... (if T mobile has Lte there & Metro sells any product there) ?? somebody from Ind.. hopefully will inform us...

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    1. Oh There is LTE there, Maybe not for the entire state but they surely do in Indianapolis, and I have seen Metro phones sold there in the pat. But I have been away from there for around 3-4 Years.

      But that Indiana restriction i can't help but think is because they wanna go "HA HA! your moving back there so we wanna limit you!"

      So I most likely will be looking into T-Mobile's 21GB Softcap claims on their $80 Plan. Thats if I end up needing it.

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  13. As a MetroPCS customer with the ZTE ZMAX, I'm perfectly happy to partake in a 10.00 per month discount for unlimited everything. It also works with 4G HSPA+ too.

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    1. "restrictions apply" Isn't this going to only be for new Metro pcs customers? and a new phone purchase? wouldn't using your ZMAX be a BYOP deal? even if a new number? have you called and gotten the discount with existing phone and account??

      It's a Good Question as to how they will treat their existing customers with this deal..

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    2. An LTE phone is required to to get the $60 unlimited plan for $50.
      The promotion is available to existing users with qualifying phones like the ZTE ZMAX, no phone number change is needed .

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  14. According to Metro's website the $50 is not unlimited LTE, however the $60 on is.

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    1. During this promotion you can get the $60 unlimited plan for $50 with a qualifying phone.

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  15. Are the changes to the $40 and $50 plans permanent or a limited time promo?

    $40 is the best price I've found for 2GB with unlimited voice minutes.

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    1. Nothing in prepaid is permanent but the added data on the $40 and $50 is presented as a plan change rather than a limited time promotion.

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  16. Smaller companies like US Cellular have done this I believe for short times. US Cellular did this with New Customers who signed up and got a new phone as well. Their Unlimited data was truly Unlimited. I actually had it till my kids sort of ran up the bill as I had them on my contract and there was a hidden clause. It said $20 per additional line to have tethering. What was not clear was the fact it was $60 for Data plus 20/Per line to have tethering plus the price of the original plan (without tethering). Needless to say I had a bill over 1 grand after having 5 lines with tethering.

    Though this was contract I wonder if there is some sort of hidden fee or clause. But I do believe some of the smaller players may start adding Unlimited Date (Truly Unlimited). I'll keep an eye on Sprint and US Cellular to see what they do.

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  17. Sorry if I'm off topic but, does Metro PCS phones work with a T-mobile SIM or do they have to be unlocked first?

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    1. MetroPCS phones need to be unlocked to work with T-Mobile SIMs.

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  18. So an existing customer on the regular $50 rate plan and has a metro branded Avant CAN get the new unlimited $50 plan? Can that be done online or does one have to call in to get it or what?

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  19. There is a limit. I upgraded from $40 plan from my metro. It shows i have used a certain percentage of data. I imagine it is 100gb or more but not more than 200 gb.

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  20. NEW MetroPCS Plan: "$30 period'." plan - In-Store Only Unlimited Data,Talk and Text. First 1GB of Data up to 4G speed

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  21. New MetroPCS $30 period'. plan . LTE phones not eligible.

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  22. I just recently got this service before the promotion ended. I got the zte zmax with $50.00 unlimited /no throttle lte and in my bedroom (I live in nyc) I get 65mbps download speeds and 12 mbps upload speeds. Who even needs to pay for internet/WiFi with this type of deal? Lol I also got the 2.5 gb WiFi teether for $5.00 extra a month (which I will probably bypass with a root). If only people used their heads nowadays. Bahaha

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    1. Good luck with rooting the ZTE Zmax. There currently is no working root method.

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