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MetroPCS Launches Free Phone and Four Lines For $100 Promotions

Likely in response to Boost Mobile's Free Phones and Double Data When You Switch to Boost Mobile offer, T-Mobile's MetroPCS launched a new Switch to Metro promotion today. It gives customers who port a number to MetroPCS a free LTE Android phone.

Subject to availability, the free phones are the Samsung Galaxy Light, LG Optimus F60 and LG Leon. The offer is available today through  June 30, 2015 in stores (store locator) only, not online. To qualify for a free phone the number being ported must come from a non-T-Mobile network based operator, not a T-Mobile brand or T-Mobile MVNO.

In addition to the free phones for porting customers offer, MetroPCS has also revived its off again, on again Four Lines For $100 promotion. Effective today and available for an unspecified "limited time", customers can get four lines on Metro's $40 plan for just $100. The plan includes unlimited talk, messaging and data with the first 2 GB/month at full speed then throttled to 128 Kbps or less for the remainder of the plan month.

If you don't need four lines, two lines are available for $70 per month and three lines are $90 per month during the promotion. As always with MetroPCS, plan prices include all taxes and fees, however MetroPCS stores do typically charge an activation fee of between $15 and $25 per line.

The promotional plan is only available at MetroPCS stores, not online and it applies to new GSM lines of service only. You can buy new phones or use your own compatible phones (any T-Mobile phone and most unlocked GSM phones from other carriers).

For more about MetroPCS, including all avaialble plans and prices see: Prepaid Operator Profile: MetroPCS

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  1. I don't get it. Cricket has 5 lines for $100, 2.5 GB of LTE data, and its on AT&T network, so whats so special about Metro's offer??

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    1. Well, Metro has 11M subscribers, and Cricket has barely made it back to 5M, where they were when T-Mobile first announced they intended to buy Cricket several years ago. Metro has FAST LTE, not slow, throttled LTE run through proxy servers that are available less of the time. Metro has fast ping times, versus slow ping times. Metro seems to have better phone promotions. They have good CS, versus poor CS at Cricket. MetroPCS has 11,000 outlets, a lot more than Cricket, and they do a better job (GameStop is not performing for Cricket). The coverage issue is way overblown. 60% of the US population lives in only 125 metro areas. T-Mobile has LTE in 280-300 metro areas now, with 15x15 wideband in 157, and the new 700 MHz coverage in 55. T-Mobile has more deployed spectrum per subscriber, and their customers use more data/month. They are already aggregating their AWS+700 MHz spectrum to pump up speeds and capacity even more. T-Mobile is going to meet its goal of covering 300M people early, before the end of the year according to independent analysts. Finally, T-Mobile is doing a much better job of marketing their services than AT&T. Cricket sponsors a few events and runs a few ads. Their logo and green color don't seem very compelling to their target audience.

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    2. Finally! Someone smart enough to see through all the smoke and mirror of Cricket and argue on very strong technical merits.

      Cricket's data has super high latency and they are speed capped. Voice traffic also gets lower priority than AT&T post paid customers. One of my friends didn't believe this until recently when we were in a very crowded venue. His Cricket phone couldn't initiate call and data was super slow. My AT&T work phone was mostly OK and my Sprint MVNO phone was also OK.

      Cricket has a lot of backend limitations, purposely implemented, that most people aren't technically savvy enough to understand.

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    3. That 2.5Gigs for $35 though ...

      In my opinion, that goofy AWS band causes TMobile to have fewer and more expensive handsets than AT&T.

      I think slightly throttled and delayed data with a "look the other way" tethering policy tips the balance to Cricket (but I'd seriously consider jumping to Metro if they matched service pricing). The 30 dollar w/ 100 minutes plan is a non-starter.

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    4. I also think TMobile does a bad job of marketing. I see their ads on TV all the time. But due to their lousy coverage, I am unable to buy their products. Why pay for ads if you don't deliver? The real smoke and mirrors is found on the TMO side. The "shill speak" that people don't need decent coverage never cuts it, because even for those in the few, limited cities that TMO covers lose their service if they go a few miles off the proscribed path. It requires that people don't use their phones outside their yards.... or in the thousands of cities and large towns outside of the 300 cities that are the only ones TMobile thinks should be covered. Coverage is only "overblown" if you are advertising for a company that has poor coverage.

      Cricket has poor latency. But no one can explain how that affects anything other than a few games and VOIP. Cricket has a speed cap in its high speed LTE, which still leaves it fat enough to watch Netflix and YouTube flawlessly. I hear "crickets" when I ask what you miss out on by having speed capped to only 8mbps instead of 10mbps.

      Regardless, in real world terms, due to Cricket's very high data value and the poor coverage of the TMO network, I get 8mbps on Cricket and 0mbps on TMobile everywhere I go where I live, work, and play. And when I travel, I get good Cricket coverage (real experience) as I pass between the occasional islands of good TMobile coverage. And that's $55 a month for 20 gb of data, much more than any TMobile related plan.

      "Slightly throttled"... so, if it is fast enough to stream HD video, what are you missing out on?

      As for crowded venues, they are bad for any carrier. I have friends who got to a convention in LA every year. The ones using TMobile also report impossible data coverage.

      I went from Sprint based (similar to TMobile) to Cricket. It is like "night and day" in data speed and coverage. So find a friend who has Cricket, get them to refer to so you each get $25 credit, and enjoy.

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  2. Cricket 5 lines will expire but is the best deal for group plans.

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  3. I hope taht Cricket Wireless will respond with some "free" phones.

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  4. Its a shame single line pricing isn't more competitive. I'd like a $35 option to rival Cricket. Has the Leon launched yet? I couldn't find any info on Metro website.

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  5. This tie up between Metro, Cricket and Boost just goes to show that the non Big Four company owned prepaid companies (Mvnos to you) are being left out of the price and data love. Boost has up to 20 gigs (on special) best Sprint mvno I've seen besides so called "unlimited" (which we all know isn't) is 5 gigs for $60. For Att mvnos, except for Tracfone owned powerhouses Straight Talk/Net10, you're getting 3-4 gigs at $60ish. And Tmobile mvnos aren't faring as poorly as Sprint/Att ones but Metro gets truly unlimited lte while the independents like Ptel and Ultra have to fight on the low end and can muster only 3Gb or so for $50ish. If you're not a direct prepaid division owned by one of the big four, being a prepaid wireless carrier is harder then ever. Doesn't help that Tracfone is squeezing it from the other side getting the next best rates/prices /data amounts ..also better then the indies...

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    1. I don't think we will see any MVNO's in the next 2-3 years,as the cell co.'s themselves match or beat their own MVNO's prices and can give you truely unlimited service. Its just about impossible for them to make any profit.

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    2. 5 Gigs for $40 on Sprint MVNO Republic Wireless, they charge taxes and fees on their plans.

      At least T-mobile gives a cheaper option for unlimited data, Sprint makes you go postpaid if you want it.

      Tracfone companies are doing promos for BYOD

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  6. I think we'll still have 3rd party mvnos in a few years, they'll just be the "smarter" paygo operations like ting and WiFi first like republic. They still charge a lot, though, and I wish we could move away from "30 day" buckets to 90 or 365 days ones.

    Yes, the first party prepaid brands are cornering the prepaid unlimited monthly model. That leaves innovative new plan offerings up for grabs.

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  7. I am experiencing what appear to be ATT call priority issues on Cricket in a frequented certain location. I would switch to MetroPCS if it were not for coverage issues. My next option would be Total Wireless if the were 4G . ( have 4 lines on Cricket)

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    1. This is why we need more multi-network service plans: your handset already supports the protocols and channels to hop from carrier to carrier.

      We don't need for towers in every mile, just access at fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory terms to the ones that already exist. I'm super excited about project fi.

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  8. I'm technically savvy enough to know that Metro PCS has half the coverage of Cricket, which makes Metro a non-starter until they catch up.

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  9. Looking at this map, T-Mobile plans to go from "bad" coverage in the eastern two-thirds of the US to "pretty good" coverage in most states. A huge difference, really. In terms of graphics programs, it is like going from drawing lines 2-3 pixels wide to using "fill".

    This will make Metro and other T-Mobile-based plans a lot more attractive, I'm sure, and shake up matters.

    As Cricket is pre-paid, you should be able to jump ship pretty quickly once this massive expansion is done. However, I suspect plans on the other 3 networks will improve their value to be competitive against this.

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  10. The T-mobile expansion map is very impressive. Unfortunately in my case, there will still be a coverage hole in a rural location where I need it . I would still have to be on either ATT ( or Verizon networks.

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    1. "Unfortunately in my case, there will still be a coverage hole in a rural location where I need it "

      I wonder about the lack of T-Mobile in West Virginia and Iowa, even to the point where you can almost pick out the map outlines of each state, even in the future. I know sometimes this is due to draconian laws to ban cell phone towers (IMHO, some sort of Federal, high level court suit on this is necessary to overturn forever local fascistic regulations that prevent people from putting towers on their own land).

      Outside of there, the coverage in the eastern half under T-Mobile in the future looks good on average.

      If you never get T-Mobile coverage, you might do what I had to do when I had Sprint: I carried a GoPhone burner with me when I left my house, for emergencies. It cost me about $10 a month to keep going.

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    2. I live near WV, and have never had trouble there because of the free roaming that T-Mobile provides on AT&T over most of the state. The real story is the lack of Verizon native coverage. Unless you can roam on Sprint, you are out of luck almost everywhere. Sprint has very good coverage, especially in the Shenandoah Valley. A friend moved near Front Royal, VA and his whole family had to dump their Verizon contract plan. Verizon did not have roaming on Sprint in his area, and the only carrier with reliable coverage where they needed it was Sprint.

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    3. Does your T-Mobile have good data roaming onto AT&T?

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    4. Verizon's name shows a huge coverage hole in WV. So does Sprint. AT&T, and their Cricket subsidiary show pretty good coverage.

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  11. Interesting. Thanks for this. I chose one of the two states, Iowa, to find information about the coverage hole there. And I found nothing. I chose the wrong state to look for.

    Reminds me of a recent "Big Bang Theory" in which Sheldon's friends intentionally sabotaged a sensitive radio telescope-related reading situation by running an electric can opener.

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  12. Which is the best of the three free phones?

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    1. What is important to you?
      Samsung is smaller, narrower size, 4" screen, out of date. Leon is newest, with Android 5 and the new LTE Band 12 for best coverage. F60 is a little older, but supports the main AT&T LTE band if you might unlock and switch later. The latter have just OK screen resolution, and the Samsung is only slightly better. These are all entry-level, not mid-range phones.

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    2. The LG Leon has the latest android system (5.0 Lollipop), a quad core processor, and a slightly better resolution. It also has a dual camera. LG is making pretty decent phones. I definitely would go with the LEON. Forget about the Samsung,

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    3. Processors are all quad-core. Cameras are all just adequate.

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  13. So my boyfriend and I want to do this promotion and we want to add his sister and her boyfriend. Three of us are already with metro on separate plans and one of us doesn't have a phone at all. So is this plan for anyone or just people switching to metro from a different carrier?

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