Product Overview: Metro by T-Mobile (Cellular Data Plans)

Metro by T-Mobile is a wholly owned subsidiary of T-Mobile, offering prepaid smartphone plans to consumers.

Metro by T-Mobile was formerly known as MetroPCS, but re-branded in October of 2018.

Metro offers phone plans with on device only data, phone hotspot data (capped) and standalone hotspot device options. You must have a phone line on MetroPCS in order to add a standalone hotspot line. All standalone hotspot lines offer capped data buckets - there is no unlimited option for standalone hotspots.

Metro does offer unlimited plans for phone devices, with capped high speed hotspot data allotments.

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Metro plans can only be purchased in a Metro store.

Metro by T-Mobile Current Plans:

  • Phone Based Plans
    • 2GB Plan
    • 10GB Plan
    • $50 Unlimited Plan
    • $60 Unlimited Plan
  • Hotspot Based Plans - can only be added to an account with one or more phone lines
    • 10GB/$35
    • 15GB/$45
    • 20GB/$55
    • 30GB/$75

For Our Comparative Pricing Grid:
Guide to Cellular Data Plan Pricing

Testing Status:

We do not keep a prepaid Metro by T-Mobile plan.

Policies & Perks:

  • Carrier Networks Used: T-Mobile
  • Carrier Relation: Direct subsidiary
  • Plan Types Available: Phone, data only
  • Device Types Permitted: Phones, Hotspots (must be added to an existing phone plan)
  • Device Purchase Required: No, but can purchase a device
  • Mobile Hotspot Use:
    • 2GB & 10GB Plans - no mobile hotspot
    • $50 Unlimited Plan - 5GB high-speed mobile hotspot
    • $60 Unlimited Plan - 10GB high-speed mobile hotspot
  • Throttling:
  • Network Management: Metro traffic is always prioritized behind direct T-Mobile traffic. Full network management kicks in at 35GB/line.
  • International Roaming: Offers roaming in Canada and Mexico for $5/month extra - capped at 5GB.
  • Domestic Roaming: None
  • Plan Period: 
  • Data Roll Over: None
  • Overage Charges: Metro never charges overage fees. Once you hit your high speed data cap, you are just simply slowed down to 2G speeds for the rest of the billing period. There is also the option to buy 'bolt-on' data in buckets of 2GB, 5GB, or 10GB.
  • Streaming: Unlimited data plans include unlimited on-device video streaming, but all video is throttled to 480p (SD/DVD quality) - called 'Data Maximizer'. There is no option to turn off 'Data Maximizer'.
  • Unlimited: Two on device unlimited data plans are offered that allow either 5GB or 15GB a month of mobile hotspot use. Additional unlimited data lines can be added to a plan for $30/each per month - each with their own 5GB or 15GB hotspot data cap.
  • Lines permitted per plan: Up to 5 lines are allowed on an account.
    • A standalone hotspot plan is offered, but it needs to be added as a line to an existing phone plan.
  • Device Lock/Unlock Policy: Policy: You can request the unlock code after 90 consecutive (continuous) days of phone service with Metro.
  • Extras:
    • $50 Unlimited Plan - 100GB of Google One
    • $60 Unlimited Plan - Amazon Prime, 100GB of Google One

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Metro by T-Mobile, T-Mobile's own prepaid subsidiary offers an array of prepaid plans.

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