MetroPCS prepaid brand has made a small but significant change to the rules of its promotional $30 per month plan. Until now the plan has only been available with non-LTE capable phones. As of yesterday, the LTE capable MetroPCS LG Leon, Samsung Galaxy Core Prime and Samsung Galaxy Light LTE phones can now also be used on the $30 plan, and they get access to LTE data.
The two phones are pretty similar, both have a quad-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal memory and a 5 MP main camera. The main differences are Android Lolipop on the Leon and KitKat on the Galaxy Light and a larger 4.5 vs 4.0 inch screen on the Leon. The Galaxy Light is priced at $79 ($29 after mail in rebate) the the Leon is $99 ($49 after rebate).
The $30 plan includes unlimited minutes, messaging and data. The first 1 GB of data is delivered at full speed. After 1 GB is used speeds are reduced to 128 Kbps or less for the remainder of the plan month.Like all MetroPCS plans, tethering and using your phone as a WiFi hotspot are permitted on the $30 plan.
In addition to being limited to specific MetroPCS phones (no BYOP) the $30 plan has another restriction. It's only available at MetroPCS stores, not online. Some stores may charge an activation fee.
The LG Leon and Samsung Galaxy Light are also now allowed on Metro's 2 Lines for $50 plan, which is basically two $30 plans with a $5/month family plan discount.
MetroPCS service is on the T-Mobile network with free off-network voice and text roaming. Data roaming is not available. Data on MetroPCS is prioritized lower than T-Mobile-branded customers data, resulting in lower speeds when the network is heavily loaded. Based on the lack of complaints I've heard, the lower priority doesn't seen to be noticeable to most users.
Update 7/25: Samsung Galaxy Core Prime added to list of eligible phones.
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