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MetroPCS Ends Four Lines of Unlimited for $100 Promotion, Raises Some Phone Prices

MetroPCS Two Lines of Unlimited for $80

T-Mobile seems to be cutting back on the deals it's offering on the MetroPCS prepaid brand. There have been at least three negative changes this week.

1) MetroPCS' Four Lines of Unlimited for $100 Promotion has ended. The page on the MetroPCS site promoting the offer is gone.  Current users are grandfathered but the promotion is no longer available for new activations. The deal offered four lines on the $50/month unlimited talk, text and LTE data plan for $100/month.  Three lines were $90, two lines were $80. At least one of four lines had be a new activation.

There's a  new offer of two lines of the unlimited $50 plan for $80 "when you switch". The first line is $50/month, the second is $30.  The offer is available at MetroPCS stores only, not online.

2) The Free Phones for port-ins offer has also been downgraded.  It now offers switchers the choice of a free LG Aristo, Coolpad Defiant, Moto E4, ZTE Avid 4 or Samsung Galaxy J3 Prime. Before today switchers had more phones to choose from  including the Alcatel Fierce A30, LG K20 Plus, Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime or ZTE Blade Z Max or ZTE Avid TRIO. The free phone offer is also in store only.

3) Prices of a number of phones have increased:
  • The Coolpad Defiant's price increased for $69 ($29 after rebate) to $79 ($39 after rebate)
  • The ZTE Avid 4 went from $89.99 ($39 after rebate) to $99.99 ($49 after rebate)
  • The Samsung Galaxy J3 Prime which was $129 ($49 after rebate), is now $119 ($59 after rebate) 
  • The Motorola Moto E4 went from $109 ($49 after rebate) to $119 ($59 after rebate)
  • The Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime was $199 ($99 after rebate), now $159 ($119 after rebate) 
  • The LG K20 Plus 32 GB LTE Android phone was $169 ($99 after rebate), now it's $169 ($119 after rebate)
The changes aren't all bad, Metro cut the price of the 32 GB Apple iPhone SE from $199 to $149 and there's now a  $50 rebate available for the Samsung Galaxy S6, cutting its price to $299 after rebate.

The period between holiday shopping season and tax refund time is traditionally a slow one for prepaid sales. Carriers usually launch tax season promotions in February.  I would not be surprised to see Metro unveil new phone and multi-line tax time plan deals next month. Maybe Metro is raising prices and ending promos now to make their tax time deals look more impressive.

I also wonder if Cricket and Boost will follow Metro and kill their four lines of unlimited for $100 offers. Hopefully they won't and if they don't it increases the chance of Metro bringing back its four lines for 100 offer.

Source: Cricket (1), (2) via HowardForums and a tip from a reader.

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  1. Probably took a pretty decent hit on all the flippers.

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    1. Nothing wrong with that.

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    2. whats a "flipper"?

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    3. A flipper is someone that ports their number or activates a new line only to take advantage of a promotion and then leave again.

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    4. Yes, Flippers are admirable enterprising fellows. The modern equivalent of the old Yankee traders. Or perhaps real-world Ferengi. More power to them!

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  2. Not sure why Metro is pulling back considering they opened hundreds of new stores (big mistake in my opinion) and had no increase in traffic.

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  3. looks like the same two lines for 80 as before? most people probably got only got two lines anyway... that's why they kept that one plan... the most popular plan

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  4. what's really crazy are those old ass phones! their entire line up needs to be on clearance!

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    1. MetroPCS is your dad's MVNO!

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    2. MetroPCS caters to both high end users and budget users alike. They carry the iPhone and Galaxy series. I've found that the ZTE ZMAX Pro is about all of the phone that I really need. Money can be better spent in other places.

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  5. Thanks Mr. Bournique for your objectivity. I'm a Booster yet I don't just blindly and lotallt sing their praises. The Metro loyalists tend to be bias as if value isn't a factor. I thank the author and site for fair balanced reporting and I thank Boost for living up to the market disruption and market influencer it is despite being the #4 participant in the mobile wireless market.

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    1. Metro does have its warts like every company out there. However, unlike any of the Tracfone companies, I've never had my phone simply stop working for no reason, had my phone number stolen out from under me, or had any double payments taken. I had all kinds of problems when using Straight Talk. Metro just works. It doesn't have many frills but the 50.00 price point for a unlimited LTE on a decent network is attractive. I don't earn a lot of money so I don't want to see a lot going to pay a phone bill.

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    2. " Metro loyalists tend to be bias as if value isn't a factor"

      Metro now has a lot more coverage than Boost. A distant, last-place network really isn't a good value.

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  6. We love our MetroPCS TMobile service.

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    1. You won't if you ever drive up into the Adirondacks (away from I-87), heck even the Western Catskills and most of the Berkshires are poor to 0 signal on T-mo native network. Northern Dutchess County & a lot of Columbia County also very spotty. If you are headed to the country/mountains on vac. & want a working phone bring one that uses/roams on Verizon or At&t.

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    2. You won't... but you will. The areas you mention are due to get T-Mobile network (and this MetroPCS) coverage in the next year or two.

      There's about a third of the country that lacks T-Mobile right now, but soon that area will be mostly gone.

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    3. I'll believe it when I see it.

      Maybe in 2 years native t-mo will have SOME signal but I am taking a show me or still not considered position on this promise. Not holding my breath.

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    4. The Adirondacks has the lowest population density of the lower 48 states (yeah, NY State, go figure).

      I doubt T-Mobile has the area high on the priority list, if at all.

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    5. New York Hamilton County has 2.81 pop/sq mi, the lowest in NY.
      There are 14 other lower 48 states (including CA) with counties that have fewer pop/sq mi, ranging from .12 in Loving County TX to 1.6 in Greeley County, KS.

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    6. I do not believe that the Adirondacks has the lowest population density of the lower 48 states.

      Hamilton County is the least populated county in New York State at 3.1 people per square mile. Loving County, Texas has 0.1 people per square mile. There are at least 30 other lower 48 counties with less than 1 person per square mile. Source: County statistics of the United States - Wikipedia.

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    7. Looking at the 15 lowest population density counties, one per each of the US 48, all but 4 have some decent T-Mobile coverage:

      Hinsdale County, Colorado .75 pop/sq mi
      Alpine County, CA 1.59
      Garfield County, Montana .25
      Loving County, Texas .21

      Even these 4 have a little coverage in or around the county seat.

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  7. I thought electronics prices were supposed to fall, not rise.

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    1. Prices of electronics are falling. Carrier plan prices and subsidies vary based on market conditions and revenue needs. Sprint and T-Mobile both need a lot of revenue to build up their networks. They have decided they can get more total revenue by increasing plan prices a little and reducing subsidies, even though they will attract fewer new subscribers. Sprint has huge loan payments coming due. T-Mobile is using some of its cash for stock buybacks. So subscribers and phone buyers will pay more.

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  8. Population density is the be-all and end-all of landline coverage, but it is only part of the picture for mobile...

    An estimated 7–10 million tourists visit the Adirondack park annually.

    So much for the idea that it should be a low priority!

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    1. The vast majority of tourists don't visit the entire park. The Hamilton County seat and the surrounding tourist areas have solid T-Mobile coverage. You buy coverage where the people go, not where they don't.
      Verizon doesn't cover 24% of the US 48 geography, using their own stat, 2.4 M square miles covered.

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    2. The Adirondacks are clearly "where people go". And regardless, TMO has a map that shows complete coverage by 2019.

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  9. Also? It turns out that, according to the US census of 2010, the park has a total fixed population of 130,137. That would rank the park in the top 200 US cities by population, if it was counted among those. Only a couple hundred cities larger, and thousands smaller.

    That isn't even counting the large numbers of people in cities just outside the borders of the park.

    I guess "Anonymous January 15, 2018 at 12:53 PM" made a statement without checking the facts at all.

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    1. The park covers a huge area; Hamilton County fits entirely inside. A city of 130,000 is easy for carriers to cover, and T-Mobile covers every one of these cities. It's totally unrealistic to expect carriers to cover every walking trail in every national park. Or all of the 100 Million acres of corn in the corn belt. Many farmers use GPS or other satcom for sensor data (vs IoT over cellular).

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    2. Adirondack is not a national park.

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    3. "It's totally unrealistic to expect carriers to cover every walking trail in every national park. Or all of the 100 Million acres of corn in the corn belt. Many farmers use GPS or other satcom for sensor data (vs IoT over cellular)."

      It's quite reasonable. Cover America.

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  10. Don't care what the t-mo coverage maps say, there is NO signal almost everywhere in the Adirondacks. I travel all over that area for work and t-mo native is a non-starter. Those with t-mo that get a signal are roaming on At&t 97% of the time.

    BTW the population density within the lines of Adirondack "Park" area overall is 13-14 people per sq. mile (approx 9400 sq. mi., just over 6.1 million acres, 128,000 permanent year round residents). The "park" is unlike any other in that many counties & communities/towns are partially or fully contained within its borders. In the last few years some land has been added (& some swapped) and population has declined (& aged faster than avg.)

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    1. So if metro does not roam off T-Mobile native network that = no service?

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    2. MetroPCS has voice and text roaming, but no data roaming. If it's anything like the roaming on my T-Mobile legacy pay as you go line, it usually, but not always, works in areas labeled as "Partner" on the T-Mobile coverage maps. But it never works in dead spots within T-Mobile's native coverage.

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