For a limited time, Metro PCS customers who sign up for the $50 plan will get 8GB of 4G LTE data a month - up from a usual 5GB. Taxes and regulatory fees are included.
Metro PCS, T-Mobile's flagship pre-paid brand, is already one of the most competitively priced pre-paid offerings in the market. They are advertising this limited time offer as being "over 30GB of bonus data a year" - it's actually 36GB.
On all Metro PCS plans, including the $50 plan, hotspotting is permitted - and advertised at 4G LTE speeds.
Customers can also add lines (up to 5) to this $50 plan at a cost of $30 per line per month; each additional line will also be provisioned 8GB per month.
Data usage past an initial 8GB LTE will be slowed to 'network average rates' (typically 2G speeds - fast enough to check email) until the next monthly billing cycle. As is typical for Metro PCS plans, no roll-over data is offered with this plan.
Bonus data will be grandfathered on the plan even after the first year, so long as payments are made on time.
Metro PCS pre-paid plans do not include the 'binge on' type unlimited video streaming most are used to seeing with T-Mobile's post paid plans. However, Metro PCS plans do include 'data maximizer' to reduce data usage while streaming video and music on partnered networks. In addition, no international data coverage is included in these plans, although calling services can be added for a fee.
In addition to the data promotion detailed above, Metro PCS is offering free phones to both new and existing costumers.
These above promotions are valid in-store only. Metro PCS ran a similar promotion back in October, 2016.
As with all T-Mobile based plans, MetroPCS' smartphone plans prioritize on device data over tethered / mobile hotspot data when on congested towers. Customers can expect to see slower speeds (reported up to half the speed) while using mobile hotspot on smartphones & tablets compared to the speeds they get directly on the device.
As T-Mobile's pre-paid subsidiary, Metro PCS utilizes T-Mobile's coverage map. While T-Mobile appears to be rapidly expanding their coverage maps, currently, their most solid coverage is in urban areas of the USA. While our hopes remain high that coverage expansions will shake up the status quo, at the present time, they are still a distant 3rd carrier in terms of coverage.
While the chance of sudden plan changes occurring when dealing directly with a major network provider subsidiary is reduced, the risk still lurks. The 'no contract' clause works both ways. Caution is always advised if utilizing prepaid offerings as a singular source of connectivity.
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