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MetroPCS to Offer IPhones in Florida Starting Tomorrow, Nationwide "Coming Soon"


T-Mobile announced today that its MetroPCS prepaid brand will begin offering Apple's iPhone line starting tomorrow, July 1. iPhones will initially be available only at MetroPCS stores in the state of Florida. T-Mobile says nationwide availability for the Apple devices is said to be "coming soon".

In its announcement, T-Mobile lists the following prices for the MetroPCS iPhones: iPhone 5s $199, iPhone SE $349, iPhone 6s $649 and iPhone 6s Plus $749. Presumably those prices are for the base 16 GB models. There's no word as to whether or not MetroPCS will sell the 64 GB and 128 GB versions.

Metro's prices for the 6s and 6s Plus are the same as what Apple charges when you buy direct from the Apple Store. At $349, Metros iPhone SE is $50 less expensive than Apple's list price.

The iPhone 5s is discontinued and no longer available from Apple. Metro's $199 price a bit higher that the $149.99 that MetroPCS competitors Cricket, Straight Talk and Boost are charging. However Cricket's 5s is currently out of stock and Boost $149.99 price is after a $50 mail in rebate.

I don't know why it took T-Mobile so long to get around to officially selling America's most popular smartphone brand in MetroPCS stores. T-Mobile has positioned MetroPCS as its "fighting" brand battling for prepaid market share against Boost, Cricket and the various TracFone brands. The lack of iPhones put MetroPCS dealers at a considerable disadvantage in selling to Apple fans.

It also looks like MetroPCS has finally fixed a weird bug that broke WiFi calling, MMS, Visual Voicemail and VoLTE on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus on MetroPCS. Those features worked on older iPhones on MetroPCS, but did not work on the current 6s and 6s Plus flagships until recently.

Sources: T-Mobile, MetroPCS

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  1. I wonder if this means they'll officially support WiFi calling.

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  2. I think it took a while because T-Mobile was concerned about cannibalizing postpaid service?

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  3. They always allowed BYOP, right?

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  4. This probably doesn't matter at all.

    I mean, would a Peach groupie even wait this long to buy those devices?

    Banana is a cult brand revolving around having the newest, bestest fruitFone on day one.

    In contrast, it's Android that's the OS of economics.

    An older Android flagship sold at a lower price will always be someone's upgrade, while an older iPhone will just be a glaring reminder to other Plum fanatics that you're one of the poorer members at Big Mac's Yacht Club.

    Anyway, unless they're selling these things at clearance prices to entice bot lovers, I'm not sure what the point of selling high priced, locked down, late-to-the-game iPhones is supposed to be.

    They don't even get bragging rights, since everyone else is doing the same.

    On a related note, I'd be more impressed if, for example, T-mo went formed a partnership with Blu/Nextbit/Oppo/Xiaomi instead.

    Offering subsidized, Metro branded versions of their phones would be significantly more forward thinking than the "me too" mentality they have towards Apple.

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    1. "Offering subsidized, Metro branded versions of their phones would be significantly more forward thinking than the "me too" mentality they have towards Apple."

      If you think offering these midline/low-grade phones is moving "forward".

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    2. I just think Metro could benefit from a wider range of devices.

      If you sort by price, you'll find that their offerings are increasingly dominated by only 2 brands.

      In terms of value, there's really only LG.

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    3. "Banana... Peach... Yacht Club"

      Your insertion of random words unrelated to the comment makes it look like you are drunk. Whatever the cause, it rendered your comment entirely meaningless.

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    4. "Your insertion of random words unrelated to the comment makes it look like you are drunk."

      Says the guy who can't see the relation between Apple, fruit and flaunting wealth.

      You're projecting just a bit too hard, pal.

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  5. Correction to the article: iPhone 6S/6S+ are fully working with VoLTE, VVM, and WFC as of ~2 weeks ago when carrier bundle 24.2 was released.

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  6. I made several suggestions to MetroPCS to partner with BLU but obviously nothing was taken too seriously. BLU has flag ship features at low to mid range prices. You guys are right, that would be more forward thinking than following the Apple herd.

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    1. BLU doesn't have the scale needed to partner with a tiered carrier. This is why every attempt they've made at a carrier agreement falls through while other brands like CoolPad get pushed onto prepaid.

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    2. Unfortunately, Coolpad phones are usually underpowered and overpriced.

      Dual cores went out of style by the end of 2014, and quad cores with Lolipop and 1GB of RAM will follow by the end of 2016.

      Coolpad is always behind the curve because they design and price for the present rather than the release date.

      They're basically irrelevant, except if you're running a phone farm.

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  7. I love all these anti-Apple comments from phone geeks who have no clue on how to run a business. At some point it will sink in to phone geeks that the general public love iphones.

    The 5s under $200 on Prepaid is a great value. You get a decent phone that you know will get updates for years to come. Apple is going to sell a lot of 5s under $200 on Prepaid. So get over it. Just remember Phone Geeks, You don't speak for the general public.

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  8. The reason people like Apple products is that they save them time, which has significant value for most people.

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    1. There's no connection between Apple products specifically an "saving time". I prefer Android, and one of the reasons is that it is very simple and quick to hook up my phone as if it is a USB drive to my PC and copy music files to the phone to play. This is tough and time consuming in iPhones. I once spent a morning trying to get this to work on an iPhone before I found it was impossible. This takes seconds on Android. Also, there are so many apps and functions that work quickly and easily on Android which are difficult and require jailbreaking on iPhone.

      "At some point it will sink in to phone geeks that the general public love iphones. "

      Spelling nazi here: "the general public loves". However, only a minority of the public loves iPhones. Most are choosing non iPhones. You aren't speaking for the general public, for sure.

      Apple has also announced it is bringing new technology to iPhones that will let anyone shut off the camera on your phone remotely. Very user hostile. You won't ever see this on Android.

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