MetroPCS simplifies offerings, increases your data appetite

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MetroPCS’s has launched a new “Simple plans for a simpler life” marketing campaign. Not to be confused with Simple Mobile, the fifth-largest U.S. cellular provider has simplified their offerings and generally increased the data allotment for each option.

MetroPCS Simple plans

All of MetroPCS’s plans include unlimited talk and text. Previously, MetroPCS’s plans were limited to 100 MB at the $40 level and 1 GB for the $50 plan. They offered two $60 unlimited plans, one for Rhapsody music and one for MetroSTUDIO video. Now, the $40 plan has had its high-speed data limit increased to 500 MB, the $50 plan has been upgraded to 2.5 GB, and of course the $60 unlimited plan is still unlimited. And yes, that is unlimited without quotes. With either of the lower tier plans, data speeds will be throttled to 3G speeds after hitting the 4G LTE data limit. There are no overages or cutoffs to be found here.

MetroPCS has a rather small coverage area, mostly limited to popular urban metros, but unlike many other offerings, MetroPCS is an independent network alongside the “big 4”, meaning they’re not an MVNO. Their network utilizes CDMA technology, so you’ll need to buy one of their devices to take advantage of their network. You can’t bring your existing device. However, they do provide 4G LTE, which is something not commonly found with prepaid providers.

The increased data offerings may be their best effort to stay competitive with T-Mobile’s new unlimited prepaid plan, or it may be a simple cooperation to stay more enticing with T-Mobile’s upcoming acquisition of MetroPCS. Either way, it’s a win-win situation for their customers.

Has anyone actually used MetroPCS’s network? If so, how is the network quality?

via Android Police.

I’m just one guy on the internet who’s come about this knowledge of prepaid phone plans from various sources and become empassioned enough about it that I feel like it should be shared with everyone in one easy to find place. It is my goal to provide you with the information and the tools you need to make an informed decision in the easiest way possible. IF you find my information helpful and you make the switch to a prepaid phone plan, I do have referral links which throw a monetary kickback in my direction if you sign up, and I’d appreciate if you use them – but if you don’t, that’s fine too. My goal is education, not monetization. There are no lies, no marketing spin, no abstractions of the truth, and no fine print to be found here.

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I’m just one guy on the internet who’s come about this knowledge of prepaid phone plans from various sources and become empassioned enough about it that I feel like it should be shared with everyone in one easy to find place. It is my goal to provide you with the information and the tools you need to make an informed decision in the easiest way possible. IF you find my information helpful and you make the switch to a prepaid phone plan, I do have referral links which throw a monetary kickback in my direction if you sign up, and I’d appreciate if you use them – but if you don’t, that’s fine too. My goal is education, not monetization. There are no lies, no marketing spin, no abstractions of the truth, and no fine print to be found here.

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5 Responses to MetroPCS simplifies offerings, increases your data appetite

  1. Sinnary Sam says:

    Wow, what’s the coverage like with MetroPCS? I’m always afraid to leave Verizon but at only +$5 per family member…

    • Aaron Burke says:

      I really should have linked that, huh? I’ll edit it to include the link. But here you go: http://www.metropcs.com/metro/maps/coverage-map.jsp

      As for Verizon, don’t be afraid to leave if you want to save money. Seriously, they’re one of the most expensive carriers (they go back and forth with AT&T depending on context), and they’re generally consumer-unfriendly.

      • Jaime says:

        The link to the coverage map in the post is broken. My guess is you forgot to put in the http://

        Also I don’t know if it’s just me or what but the opening sentence…it seems something’s off with it.

        • Aaron Burke says:

          Thanks for the helpful criticism. I’m starting to realize why even people who know how to write have editors 🙂 I’ve changed the wording in the beginning of the article.

          I also fixed the link – I hate WordPress’s “intelligence” sometimes.

          This is also the first edit I’ve made from the WordPress for Android app, so here’s hoping it didn’t screw it up further.

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