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MetroPCS' Free iPhone SE for Switchers Deal is Back

MetroPCS Free IPhone SE

T-Mobile's MetroPCS has resurrected a popular deal that was last offered in April. The deal gives a free iPhone SE 32 GB to customers who port a number to MetroPCS and activate it on a MetroPCS plan priced at $50 and up.

As always with free phone deals, there are some restrictions. To be eligible you must:

  • Port your number at a MetroPCS branded store, not online.
  • Activate the number on the $50 or $60 plan and pay for the first month of service.
  • The number you are porting must not be active on the T-Mobile network and must not have been active on MetroPCS in the last 90 days.
  • Pay a $15 activation fee plus all applicable state and local taxes on the phone. Many states noiw require you to pay sales tax on the full $399.99 retail value of the phone.
Metro's $50 plan includes unlimited talk, messaging and data. Hotspot is not allowed on this plan and video streams at 480p. After 35 GB is used in a month data is subject to de-prioritzation for the rest of the month whenever the network is busy. $10/month more will buy you Metro's $60 plan which does include hotspot and HD video streaming.

If you don't need unlimited high speed data, you can switch to a cheaper plan after the first month. Available plans are:

  • $30/month - unlimited talk, messaging and data with the first 2 GB at high speed. 
  • $40/month - unlimited talk, messaging and data with the first 5 GB at high speed. 
Hotspot is allowed and HD video is available on the $30 and $40 plans

If you don't like the SE, Metro will give you $150 off any iPhone they carry. Unfortunately, inless you want and iPhone 8 or X, this is not as good a deal as it sounds. Metro doesn't offer the more affordable iPhone 6 or 6s Plus and their price for the 6s before $150 is $100 higher than what competitors Boost Mobile, Cricket, Straight Talk and Total Wireless charge for the same phone. Here are the iPhones that MetroPCS website lists as currently available. Individual dealers may not have all of these in stock and it's possible that they may have other unlisted iPhones available:

  • iPhone SE 32 GB $149 (free with port-in)
  • iPhone 6s 32 GB $399 ($249 with port-in)
  • iPhone 7 32 GB $549 ($399 with port-in)
  • iPhone 7 Plus 32 GB $669 ($519 with port-in)
  • iPhone 8 64 GB $699 ($549 with port-in)
  • iPhone 8 Plus 64 GB $799 ($649 with port-in)
  • iPhone X 64 GB $999 ($849 with port-in)
MetroPCS will unlock their phones for free after 6 months of paid service.

The free iPhone SE or $150 off other iPhones offer can be combined with Metro's ongoing Four Lines of Unlimited LTE for $100 promo which includes four lines of the $50 plan for $100 month. Two lines are $80, Three lines are $90. That means you can get up to four free or discounted iPhones if you have four eligible lines to port.

Source MetroPCS

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  1. you do not need four number to port, port at least one number and you can get 4 free iPhones the other 3 with new numbers. internally its called POG3 for 'port 1 get 3 more'

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  2. The too-small-to-use iPhone on the network that's too small for most Americans. Such an incredible deal!

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    1. It’s actually much easier to use one-handed than any of the too-large-to-use phones 😀

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  3. Fantastic deal, unlike the shady Walmart Family plan.

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    1. Only if you can get it from MetroPCS online. It's a lot harder to find and actually get into a Metro PCS storefront than it is to get into a Walmart.

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    2. The free SE is not available at Walmart so any perceived ease of finding and entering Walmart stores is irrelevant to this deal.

      Walmart's not that easy to find or get to for city dwellers. There are 4 MetroPCS stores within 5 miles of my home, the nearest Walmart is 40 miles away.

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    3. I can drive through and near many cities with Walmarts for a hundred miles before I ever find a Metro PCS store front. And by the time I get there, the MetroPCS store would probably be closed.

      Again if this Metro PCS deal is offered online, everything is fine... as long as MetroPCS isn't using the Stone Age storefront model of sales exclusively for this.

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  4. Gonna pass completely on this.

    The SE's too small, the J7 and Blademax too big for bezel buttons, and the Stylo too LG for comfort.

    It's a shame they don't have a nice Spywei or E5 Plus for sale instead.

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  5. Dennis, can Metro's iPhone be used on all the other networks after unlocking?

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    1. Yes, but it will not support all Sprint bands. You may need a Sprint repair center to give you the right BYOP SIM and activate it for you.

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    2. Sprint will only activate phones it has whitelisted. The only Metro phones that are whitelisted by Sprint are the SE, 6, 6 Plus, 6S and 6S Plus. Of those only the 6s and 6s Plus support all of Sprint's bands. The others are missing LTE band 41, which is used extensively by Sprint.

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    3. I am not clear. Metro is on GSM. Do you need unlock CDMA to use on Sprint?
      Or when one says Metro unlocks after x time means both GSM and CDMA are unlocked?
      I used a MotoE4 from Verizon, GSM unlocked on ATT.

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    4. All unlocking does is allow a phone to accept SIMs from all carriers without an error. That does not mean the unlocked phone will work on all carriers. The phone also needs to support the technologies and bands that the target carrier uses, In the case of Sprint the phone's IMEI serial number also has to be in the carrier's whitelist.

      If you want to use unlocked carrier branded phones on another carrier you need to research whether the phone is compatible with the carrier you want to use it on.

      For Sprint, that's easy because Sprint doesn't allow many phones. Go to this Sprint web page and click How do I know if my device is eligible? in the FAQs about BYOD section to view the whitelist.

      For other carriers, the website FrequencyCheck.com will tell you if a given phone will work on any given network.

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    5. Re Dennis's reply to AnonymousJune98:15PM - so after unlocking, the SE can be used on AT&T, TMo and Verizon, right? I personally don't care for Sprint's coverage anyway.

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    6. Yes, an unlocked MetroPCS SE will work on T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon. In the case of Verizon you might not be activate it directly on Verizon (the IMEI might not be in Verizon's whitelist) but you should be able to use it with a Verizon SIM previously activated in a Verizon approved phone.

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  6. This ain't a $399 value
    iPhone SE's have been available on a slew of MVNO networks for
    $129 - $199 over a year now.
    iPhoneSE2 must be getting close

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    1. I agree that the value is less than $399, but it is more than the subsidized prices that require 6-12 months of service for the carrier to earn back its cost.
      I say the value is $280. That is what we paid for a new, 32GB SE that Virgin unlocked after 14 days of service. I doubt they lost money at that price.
      The new SE will probably arrive in Sept with the iPhone 9, X-2 and X Plus.

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    2. Well, this is exactly that. A subsidized price that requires 6-12 months of service for the carrier to earn back its cost.

      Value of this "free" iPhone is $129ish

      I'm not knocking the deal. Great deal, for small hands ;-)

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  7. Cricketjust ended their $200 off iphone promo . I wonder if they will bring it fast in respones to this one ny MetroPCS ?

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  8. Someone posted getting an S8 in this deal on slickdeals...

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  9. Many used the SE size iPhones for years before larger screens became the norm. With that said it’s great for kids.

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  10. Boost is giving the iPhone 6s for $20 on port, better phone and bigger screen and faster network

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    1. Bigger used cars cost less than new cars too.
      Sprint is only faster than T-Mobile's network is a few places. Overall, Sprint is still the slowest by a significant amount even though they improved a lot over the past year.

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    2. Using your car is analogy and considering Sprint's backward tiny network, using this phone on Sprint is like buying a nice SUV that can only run on roads which contain a 7 and their numeric designation or the letter "T" in their name.

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    3. Don't feed the bears! We all get spammed.

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  11. its funny how you just look at a map and say sprint is bad, I know map is smaller but for many people who live in major metropolis cities Sprint has amazing coverage, Im in denver and get 150 down and 20 up on speedtest on 7 plus with lte plus

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    1. In many areas of the boonies in the NE/New England Sprint native has a signal & tmo native = 0 signal. Finding tmo native signal in the boonies with no Sprint native signal happens but pretty uncommon for me.

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    2. Sprint has all the coverage any American will ever need. And the price is a lot less than all the competitors. It's a great deal.

      Don't believe the coverage bears. They are kind of cranky when they come out in the spring after hibernation. Not every American needs to use a phone in a town with less than a hundred thousand population. Get real.

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    3. I made the 9:16am comment above BUT Sprint native & tmo native are both a bad joke for me. I am all over the eastern 2/3 of the USA, costal & waterways, without VZW & AT&T I would be without a cellular signal 30-40% of the time. These are generally rural but by no means uninhibited areas.

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  12. Dennis & All, Will MetroPCS iphone SE work on Freedompop without unlocking. You stated that works for ATT prepaid. Thanks.

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    1. Yes; mine works with the FreedomPop LTE SIM that uses the AT&T network.
      Their Global SIM uses a foreign carrier code, so it won't work. A phone must be unlocked to allow a foreign SIM to roam on US networks.

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    2. Please ignore my previous comment, which applies to an AT&T Prepaid iPhone SE.

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    3. I do not think it will even work on TMO. I am waiting for a TMO prepaid iPhone deal. Maybe a 6s or an SE?

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    4. Your wait is over. New iPhone 6S gray 32GB on sale for $388 now, phone only. The price is $360 if you order it with a plan.

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