MetroPCS network will be shut down on June 21, 2015 in the few remaining markets where it still operates. T-Mobile, which acquired MetroPCS two years ago this month, seems to be doing the right thing for current CDMA customers. It's offering CDMA customers a credit for their old phones that's enough in most cases to cover the cost of a comparable new MetroPCS phone operating on T-Mobile's GSM network.
Current MetroPCS CDMA customers need to visit a MetroPCS store to get their free phone upgrade. Not all stores are participating in the program so be sure to call first. When customers turn in their CDMA phone at a MetroPCS store they get an account credit that they can use to purchase a new GSM phone. In most cases the credit is sufficient to cover the cost of a new that's as good or better than the one they are turning in. For example:
- The LG Gonnect, Esteem, Spirit and Lightray all get a $109.99 credit which will cover the $99.99 cost of a Samsung Galaxy Avant or ZTE ZMAX
- The Samsung Admire, Attain, Code, Craft and Indulge, LG Motion and 5400, Coolpad Quattro, BlackBerry Curve and Huawei Activa and Premia all get a $54 credit, good for LG Optimus F60 or F6
- The Samsung Galaxy S III gets a $299.99 rebate. MetroPCS doesn't currently list any comparably priced phones on its website. So unless their dealers have still have some old stock S IIIs or S4s customers will either have to pony up $179 to upgrade to a $479 Galaxy S5 or settle for a lesser phone
- Most other phones get a $32 credit which covers the cost of an LG Optimus L70, Samsung Galaxy and a number of other smartphones and feature phones.