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MetroPCS Gives $50 Plan Unlimited Data But Removes Hotspot


T-Mobile's MetroPCS prepaid brand has updated their $50/month plan to include unlimited, unthrottled data on the phone. The plan used to only include 8 GB of high speed data, with data speeds throttled to 128 Kbps after the first 8 GB. This offer isn't quite as generous as it sounds, however. Hotspot and tethering are no longer allowed on the $50 plan and videos are degraded to 480p quality.

There are no changes to MetroPCS' other plans including its flagship $60 per month plan that offers unlimited unthrottled on-device data and HD video streaming. Although advertised as unlimited, $50 and $60 plan customers who use more than 28 GB in a month will be subject to data de-prioritization when the network is congested.

Here's the new MetroPCS plan lineup:

  • $30 Unlimited Talk and Text and Data (throttled after 1 GB)
  • $40 Unlimited Talk and Text and Data (throttled after 3 GB)
  • $50 Unlimited Talk and Text and Data (no hotspot, 480p video)
  • $60 Unlimited Talk and Text and Data (hotspot throttled after 8 GB)

All MetroPCS plan prices include all taxes and regulatory fees. The $40, $50 and $60 plans also include unlimited zero-rated music streaming from over 40 providers. All plans also include Data Maximizer which lowers video streaming quality to 480p to reduce data consumption. Data Maximizer is enabled by default on all plans but users can disable it on all plans except the $50 plan.

I suspect that current MetroPCS $50 plan users are grandfathered and can keep their 8 GB plans with hotspot if they want or switch to the new unlimited version of the $50 plan. However it looks like the MetroPCS family plan promotion that let you add additional lines of the 8 GB $50 plan for $30 is no longer available to new activations.

MetroPCS' giving the $50 plan unlimited data appears to confirm that US operators are getting drawn into a price war over unlimited data. T-Mobile appears to be reacting to Verizon once again offering (postpaid only) unlimited data and Sprint's Boost Mobile new promotion offering four lines of unlimited data for $100/month. It will be interesting to see if AT&T reacts by cutting the price of its Cricket unlimited plan (currently $70) or if Verizon  launches a prepaid unlimited data plan.

Source: MetroPCS

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  1. SMART MOVE TO TAKE AWAY THE HOTSPOT FOR THE $50 PLAN, THE $60 DOLLAR PLAN IS NOT BAD AT ALL FOR A PREPAID PLAN

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  2. Not bad, but Metro needs to adjust its group pay discount. Cricket still offers better value they don't have as many pain-points. I mean Metro still doesn't let customers swap sim cards on their own or make many plan changes online without calling CS.

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    1. Seriously. I wouldn't be surprised if the majority of people who would want to tether (or even understand what it is) also were technical enough to be able to follow instructions to root/jailbreak their phones and install whatever is required to tether without the okay of their provider.

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  4. they should of just come out with the same plan that Boost mobile came out with 4 lines for $100. The 480p video stream dont think too many people would know the difference. no hotspot/tethering now that hurts.

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    1. This is just a knee-jerk reaction to the Verizon unlimited move. I'd bet a more well thought-out reaction is in the works - particularly since it'd be a bad idea to go without a family-oriented plan for very long.

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  5. It's an interesting move but I think that it was a mistake to remove hotspot and tethering. Boost might be more competitive at the 50 dollar price point.

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    1. Sprint's a complete joke.

      I've even seen someone running around in the street just to try and pick up a signal.

      They could pay people to use their network and it still wouldn't be worth it.

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  6. Big mistake to remove hotspot.

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  7. Just switched my 2 lines to this plans, $80/mo. We don't tether so it's perfect for us.

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  8. People have commented in the past that you can just physically connect your phone to a monitor, key board, and mouse without hotspoting or thethering, its just projecting the image on the phone onto a larger screen and using external input devices.

    This way you can get the freedom of unlimited on a larger screen, but it will not allow you to share your data beyond that of your own devicr.

    People have also said that they can run into the 100s of gigs, say if they watch one 2 hour movie at 4k, that should be around 4 gigs an hour, maybe, I did not look it up, so 8 gigs a night, and so it will be about 240 gigs a month, all without thethering or hotspoting, all with just using HDMI connections.

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    1. No need to get physical if you have an iPhone and Apple TV.
      Just use AirPlay to project the phone screen wirelessly to your big TV screen.

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    2. The equivalent would be a Chromecast for Android devices (much cheaper, too).

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    3. Chromecast requires Wi-Fi and Internet access, AirPlay doesn't require either.

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    4. More correctly, Airplay uses Wifi and/or Bluetooth.

      http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/airplay1.htm

      Samsung has its own version, and there are other 'casts out there also.

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    5. The key point is that the Chromecast requires Internet connected Wi-Fi which you may not have if you are trying to use casting to replace hotspot.

      With Chromecast the phone just tells the Chromecast where to find the content in the cloud and the Chromecast uses the Internet to stream the content.

      With AirPlay the stream is sent over a peer to peer connection from the phone to the AirPlay receiver, no WiFi access point is needed.

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    6. Chromecast doesn't need internet access for screen mirroring nor guest mode last I knew.

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  9. Can you tether to your pc on the $60 plan?

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    1. Yes. On the $60 plan you get 8GB to tether.

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  10. is there a way to bypass the no tethering just like cricket wireless and their $70 plan? Maybe by using a Verizon phone with the hot spot feature maybe??

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    1. I'm sure there are workarounds given the right device and knowledge. Some non-T-Mobile Android phones will probably tether out of the box. For others there's a non-root hack or app. For all iPhones and some Android phones jailbreaking or rooting is required.

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    2. Then there's the question of if Cricket is still cracking down on this, as was reported a few months ago.

      I'd love to tether my Cricket "Unlimited" to my PC, and probably use only from 200mb to 2 GB a month out of the data allotment on it. but not if it meant losing my account.

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  11. As far as I'm concerned, T-Mobile and Sprint are only worth about half the price of equivalent ATT/Verizon service. Struggling to find a signal, being slow where you want to use it, etc, isn't worth a $10/mo savings.

    Personally, I'd like to see more competitive plans on the low-end... 1000 minutes with even a little bit of data seems to start at $15/mo. Freedompop gives away 1gb of data, but VoIP just isn't good enough quality.

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    1. Depends on where you are - in my area Sprint's got great coverage in my experience as a local truck driver. I'm about to find out how accurate the TMobile maps are since the demise of R+ is forcing a switch & I'm going with MintSIM, but they appear to be about the same here (NJ, southeastern PA, & DE mostly).

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    2. Oh, and FreedomPop's particular VoIP implementation is the problem, not VoIP itself. If you've ever used an office phone system (or called into one), there's a high probability you were talking over VoIP without even realizing it. FP's software is probably set to minimize data use to such a level as to seriously affect sound quality.

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    3. VOIP usually sounds like a bad 64-bit MP3. When it even works.

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    4. You have no clue what you're talking about. VoIP works just great when properly configured and using the right codecs. As I've said before, you've probably had a good number of your calls routed over VoIP without even realizing it.

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    5. Get back on the wagon. We're talking VOIP over mobile networks, not office broadband. Config and codecs are necessary but not sufficient for a good experience when you are competing for limited spectrum and/or moving from tower to tower. FreedomPop VOIP latency over HSPA+ doesn't cut it anywhere I've tried, but should be a lot better with the LTE SIM.
      And no, Vonage over FIOS 50 Mbit/s service is not perfect all the time either, even with Vonage configured for max bandwidth and no video streaming.

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  12. So typical. People insist on the best coverage maps, but are not willing to pay for them.
    I guess they figure their share of the cost of building and operating all those extra towers and small cell sites should be 'nothing.'

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    1. Except service on AT&T/Verizon ISN'T much more expensive... Look at Red Pocket for example, same price whichever of the 4 networks you choose. It boggles the mind that T-Mobile/Sprint insist on charging almost as much money for their lousy coverage, and leave it to just a few MVNOs to resell their service for what it's actually worth, and AT&T/Verizon MVNOs are competitive and undermining them, now, as well.

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    2. T-Mobile is making great strides to have more than "lousy coverage", and looks poised to be an actual nationwide network within a year or two.

      Sprint? Not at all. I look at all the Sprint deals, post and prepaid, Boost and MVNO, and see a price too high for the poor network experience. Busineses that only survive by fooling people who are too dumb to read "Prepaid Phone News" or to price compare.

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  13. So Metro pays for T-Mobile postpaid getting free 1080p

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    1. Metro is a part of T-Mobile so anything Metro pays T-Mobile is just going from one pocket to the other.

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    2. There's a lot of ignorance about these marketing faces of the same company. Like when Boost storefronts insist that Virgin, owed by comedian Russell Brand. is not on the same network as Boost. Or the guy in the AT&T store I talked to last fall who said that Cricket is a separate business from AT&T.

      And here you see in your blog, all the comments when this or that company lowers its prices: "Boost has a better plan! How will Sprint compete to fight against it?"

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    3. I meant that since Verizon forced T-Mobile's hand into offering full 1080p instead of that 480p crap, T-Mobile has had to adjust for congestion. It looks like they have chosen to take it out on Metro (I am Anon650 and yes, I know of the arrangement between Metro/T-Mobile, Sprint/Virgin/Boost, AT&T/Cricket, and all the TF brands.)

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  14. Not an entirely off topic question: I want to go to Europe later i the year. Rather than trying to find a SIM when I get there, I'd like to get a prepaid plan for international roaming, and I accept that it might mean buying a phone and selling it after.

    I am also willing to even consider something T-Mobile based. While TMO coverage isn't ready for prime time domestically, I'm willing to use it overseas if it has a good plan.

    Any suggestions?

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    1. The best US based plans for use in Europe are:
      FreedomPop Global (data only)
      Project Fi
      T-Mobile Postpaid
      Truphone

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    2. Port your number to Google Voice ($20 one-time fee). Then you can get whatever plan is cheapest at any given moment or situation. Have GV forward calls to whatever # you have at that moment & use the GV app to route all outgoing calls through your GV#. Do this and you can change actual phone numbers at will and all anyone will see is your GV#.

      This saves money even when you're not traveling by letting you change plans and providers whenever you see a good deal. You also never have to worry about porting your number again - just tell GV the new # and your done.

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    3. Does Project Fi require a credit check if you BYOP?

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    4. No, Project Fi only does a credit check if you are financing a phone purchase. BYOP or buying a phone at full price doesn't involve a credit check.

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  15. Thanks. I guess since Fi is "prepaid", I should have no issue getting a used Nexus 5x somewhere, getting on a month of Fi before I go to Europe, and then selling the Nexus for hopefully as much as I paid when I got back.

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  16. Hofo ID Grateful4AdviceFebruary 17, 2017 at 5:45 PM

    Project Fi used to sell the 5x for $200

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  17. Can you hotspot with their new 2 lines for $80, everything unlimited?

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