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MetroPCS Ups Unlimited Plan Hotspot to 10 GB, Decreases $40 Plan Data and Increases Family Plan Prices



Sometime since the beginning of the month T-Mobile's MetroPCS prepaid brand has made three changes to its plans:

  • The amount of high speed hotspot data included with the $60 unlimited plan has been increased from 8 GB to 10 GB per month.
  • The $40 plan's high speed data allotment has been lowered from 6 GB to 5 GB per month.
  • Each additional line on a multi-line plan account now costs $30 per month instead of $25.
MetroPCS didn't announce any of the changes. I believe that the multi-line increase happened on Oct 1, the changes to the $40 and $60 plans seem to have occurred more recently, possibly last Sunday. If MetroPCS follows past practice current users are grandfathered, so $40 plans activated before the change should continue to get 6 GB and additional family plan lines added before Oct 1 will not see a price increase.

The increased hotspot data is a positive change but the other two obviously aren't. I'm especially surprised by the reduced data on the $40 plan. Industry-wide data prices have been dropping. Plus, the $40 plan was increased to 6 GB just three months ago, so why lower it now?

The multi-line pricing increase puts Metro at a serious competitive disadvantage to Sprint's Boost Mobile and AT&T's Cricket at most price points. For example, 5 lines with 5 GB of high speed data costs $160/month on MetroPCS, compared with 5 lines of unlimited on Boost for $130 or 5 lines with 8 GB of high speed data on Cricket for $150.  But Cricket is rumored to be making negative changes to its multi-line plans Oct 22 and Boost's current multi-line promotional pricing is scheduled to end 11/2 so maybe MetroPCS' prices won't look so bad a month from now.

See my Prepaid Operator Profile: MetroPCS for details of all MetroPCS plans and features.  See my Prepaid Family Plans Compared post for a matrix comparing multi-line plan prices for two through five lines across all prepaid operators.

Source MetroPCS via BestMVNO

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  1. Would love it if Sprint would raise Boost's unlimited plan's hotspot to 10g as well.. Hoping, since that is what Sprint offers.

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  2. Was on boost got slow speeds low signal at home now with metro pcs $50 plan doesn't have internet all day then for an hour like at 1a.m even youtube works. I don't think its the signal i Think metro pcs throttles there $50 plan 480 pixels everytime I use it its 4g or less used to have good service on $60 plan.2mbps tops now. Id rather 5 Gb of lte than 6gb of spotty 4g throttled speeds. If there gonna start lowering there plans data allotments then hopefully they offer something in return. Only used 5 gigabytes data usage according to mymetro app so far and they say they start throttling at 32 gigabytes.

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  3. Increase to $30 per additional line went live on Oct 3.

    10gb of hotspot was available in September (so you could have gotten both the $25 add on plus 10gb of hotspot).

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  4. I had planned to activate 5 unlimited lines on Metro. I guess we will be using Boost.

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  5. I got a $60 plan in August and it had 10gb of hotspot. That isn’t new.

    The $25 add a line changed to a $30 on 10/3. That was somewhat deceitful as it wasn’t advertised as a promo nor a limited time offer. They aren’t obligated to gives us warning, I know, but Metro stores did know it was going away on the 3rd.

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  6. It looks like the effect from the pending tmobile and sprint merger is already happening. Costs are going up across the carriers.

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  7. I would like to see price comparison for two lines (couples) more so than five lines (large families), or at least you should present both scenarios when comparing prices.

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    1. Click the "Prepaid Family Plans Compared" link in the post to see a comparison of plans for 2, 3, 4 and 5 lines.

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    2. Thanks, but you need to update the family plans for Pure TalkUSA. PT now offers 10%, 15%, 20% off unlimited talk/text plans for 2, 3,4 users, respectively. This also includes uncapped throttled data (AKA "unlimited" data).

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  8. Boost Mobile is also increasing the add a line cost from $25 to $30 on the $50 Unlimited Plan, starting OCT 17.

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  9. the whole T-Mobile is saving the industry is growing very old! soon they will be screwing us all just like Verizon does if the merger is allowed to go through.

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  10. I hope this doesn't cause Cricket to yank their family plan.

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    1. Cricket's 5 lines/$100 deal is going bye-bye.

      >> 5 lines/$130

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  11. Mint sim has the same amount of data at half the price, so if the coverage is good enough, you might as well use the extra $240 for a decent mid-range phone.

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  12. Has anyone noticed an increase in signal?
    I use to get 3 maybe 4 bars..now its 5 bars all the time in my apt.im lovin it!

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