Cricket Wireless wants T-Mo and MetroPCS customers to switch, offering $100 to do so

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Ever since T-Mobile started offering customers a way out of their contracts with other carriers, competing network operators have been copying the move in short-term promotional offers. AT&T targeted Tmo customers specifically right before the UNcarrier 4.0 announcement, and Sprint also did something similar back in April. Now Cricket’s joining in on the act.

The AT&T-owned carrier is bribing T-Mo and MetroPCS customers to join its service:

 Cricket Wireless is offering T-Mobile and Metro PCS customers a $100 bill credit and five great reasons to switch. The $100 bill credit* offer is available from Aug. 24 to Oct. 19, 2014, at Cricket stores nationwide and online.  There is no limit on the number of lines a customer can switch to Cricket, receiving a $100 bill credit for each line transferred.

The offer will be available to customers from tomorrow, August 24, until October 19 this year. And in order to get your $100 bill credit, you have to transfer your number across to the prepaid carrier. Full fine print is below:

$100 T-Mobile/MetroPCS Switcher Credit Terms and Conditions – Offer ends10/19/14.  Available only to T-Mobile and MetroPCS customers porting a number to Cricket Wireless who purchase and activate a new line of service on a Basic, Smart or Pro rate plan.  One $100 Switcher Credit per line of service.  Credit issued to customer’s account approximately 5 days before end of initial service period.  Customer’s account must be in active status and customer must be on a qualifying rate plan to receive Switcher Credit.  Suspended or cancelled accounts are not eligible to receive Switcher Credits.  Lines added to Group Save (multi-line) accounts 5 or fewer days prior to the end of a bill cycle will receive Switcher Credits during the following month of service.  Switcher Credits have no cash value, are not redeemable for cash or any cash equivalent and are not transferable or refundable.  Account credits are forfeited if your account is cancelled for any reason.  May not be combined with any other offer.  

It’s clear then that Cricket (and its parent AT&T) are keen to remove the #1 prepaid carrier title from T-Mobile, and clearly the best way it can think to do so is to give the Magenta carrier’s customers a financial incentive to switch.

What do you think? Will you be tempted to switch for $100 to a carrier which claims to have a better LTE network than T-Mobile?

Source: Cricket Wireless

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  • Jose Mendoza

    They have a bigger LTE network, but throttled LTE speeds to about 8mbps listed in the terms and conditions. I would rather have a faster LTE network. Plus tmobile will have a big lte network once they finish upgrading.

    • Pitahson

      I have solavei which works under T-Mobile and there is always that battle between unlimited and coverage and truthfully, most people rather go with decent speeds and coverage than banana speeds and not that much coverage. :-/

      • josephsinger

        What’s a descent speed? Is that the speed slowdown when you jump off a cliff and hit the ground?

        • Silly Singer

          No its when the grammer police post and then realize the joke they posted makes them look like an asewipe

        • shadlom

          What’s an asewipe? Lol

        • Well, damn, I think I need to check on my grammEr! Oh, she’s been dead for about 14 years now.

        • DirkDigg1er

          You are one. :-P j/k

        • josephsinger

          Skool is hard.

        • HangmanSwingset

          me fail english? thats unpossible!

        • Pitahson

          Thanks for correcting me sir joseph. jus be glad I ain’t writtin 2 u ppl txt message style

    • monkeybutts

      8 Mbps on LTE isn’t bad. Not sure what I would need more than 8 for besides downloading an app on my phone.

      • Jake

        8 mbs is the highest speed you can get just like 150 mbs is the hight speed you can possibly get with T-Mobile wideband. So, just imagine that the actual speeds are going to be 10 times slower.

        • aidahoney

          tru that agree with everything you said but then again go out the city tmobile is edge cricket aka att is at least 3G and offers faster speeds than T-Mobile edge .if you don’t travel out the city then yes T-Mobile is better if you travel like me then T-Mobile is no bueno ..

        • Ordeith

          Cricket is on ATTs network with actual coverage. 8-10mbps is what you get everywhere, even places where T-Mobile phones say “no service”.

        • Mr Paul

          Yup. And like I’ve said, that’s what makes T-Mobiles new prepaid plans completely laughable. What don’t people get? Is this the level of denial T-Sheep are in? Cricket has the same throttling and same data plans except for a ripoff 60 dollar plan: 5 instead of 10GB. Only difference is one network has an LTE network bigger than T-Mobile’s entire network and an HSPA+ network bigger than T-Mobile and Sprint’s entire networks combined.

          I find it laughable that people seriously pretend not to see the difference. Also, AT&T operates their network almost exclusively on 700/850MHz, meaning superb penetration, which is crucial for people serious about actual cell coverage and professionals. The choice is obvious.

  • Chad Dalton

    Nah I’m staying put…

  • shadlom

    Not a chance in hell.

  • Oliver Jackson

    It’s a Cricket wireless store 3 stores down from the Metro PCS store.I figured they woud try something like that lol

  • Jamall Farrackand

    Anyone know if T-Mobile will price match to Cricket Wireless?

    • Ordeith

      Cricket had been generally cheaper than T-Mobile ever since ATT took over. I had yet to see any price matching by T-Mobile. Cricket will price match T-Mobile’s 4 lines for $100 in store, however.

    • Paul

      No as Cricket is comparable to Metro, which is owned by T-Mobile. T-Mobile doesn’t price match in general, and I’d be surprised if they did.

  • Jay J. Blanco

    I’ll pass

  • Aurizen

    I laughed at this. Who owns Cricket? sprint?

  • VG

    I tried AIO Wireless (now part of Cricket) a few months ago just to sample the data speeds in NYC. They were awful! Barely got over 1 Mbps up & down on LTE. I did get great building penetration, but the slow data was a big turnoff.

    • aidahoney

      Thats aio and crickets problem they sloooooooow down speed sooooo bad …..trust in New york if you have At&t even in a BAD zone ull def get at least better than 1 mbp.. i know cuz i have family in new york .in LA were i live its also the same thing u have aio or cricket u get less than 1mbp .u have att u get more speed.

  • archerian

    When T-Mobile offers an incentive its an offer, when its AT&T its a bribe…

  • Daniel Darnell

    I had AIO (Now Cricket) for a little while when I worked in Bristol,
    TN. This was an EDGE only area on T-Mobile and my smart phone was pretty
    much useless at work so after about a couple of months working up there
    I had to switch carriers. I was actually very happy with AIO, AT&T
    has a solid LTE network in my area and I was averaging 6-8 Mpbs on LTE
    and the rare times I was on HSPA+ I was still getting on average 3-5
    Mpbs. This was quite useable for me especially coming from EDGE at work
    and sadly a good part of even going to work. The coverage I will admit
    was a little better on AT&T as well although not a huge difference
    but it was a little better and the data network was far superior to
    T-Mobile around here. The only thing I’d have to say negative about
    Cricket is the customer service is poor so expect to be more on you own
    and solve issues yourself with them.

    I’m back in a 3G area but I have to admit T-Mobile is very frustrating
    at times, they only have 3G coverage in my area and it’s small with far
    too much EDGE and I’ve not seen any improvements. That being said
    T-Mobile’s actual coverage for me has been pretty good and the customer
    service is top notch and very friendly at that as well as helpful, plus I
    have a great rate plan that just can’t be beat. So I stay with T-Mobile
    but honestly if AT&T or Cricket could match my 5 line plan (3
    voice, 2 data lines) I’d jump in a heartbeat. T-Mobile has come a long
    ways but it still needs some work and the ton of EDGE on their network
    is still a big issue that is hurting them. I’m still holding out for a
    superior data network in my area and it’s frustrating on how slow
    T-Mobile has been in my area in data upgrades or in this case the lack
    of them.

  • notyourbusiness

    Cricket and AT&T can go suck it.

    • Ordeith

      Meanwhile T-Mobile’s coverage can just continue to suck.

      • Dakota

        You’re not going to convince the fans on a Tmobile blog who think the network is their friend, not t a public company doing what it needs to right now to make a profit

      • notyourbusiness

        You’re a joke. Period. Why are you here? You obviously despise T-Mobile and cream over Cricket and ATT 24/7. It’s a shame Cam doesn’t ban you for constantly trying to recruit people to Cricket/ATT. Buzz the F off.

      • Paul

        T-Mobile’s coverage is growing.

        • Ordeith

          and so is everyone else’s. That bar keeps going up.

        • Paul

          You are correct to some extent. However my point still stands. T-Mobile is expanding and building out their network. IF you aren’t happy with your service then look to another carrier that can meet your “demands.” Otherwise, bashing them does you no good in this forum.

  • Bill

    They couldn’t pay enough money to switch. I tried them and the speeds were terrible. I expected at least 5-6 mbps on LTE, but was lucky to see anywhere between 0.5 to 1 mbps. It could be because NYC is an oversold market – at least on the AT&T network side.

  • Ken

    The claim regarding better data service is true. In my experience, T-mobile data SUCKS for the most part. I can sit here with an excellent five bar 4G signal and not be able to load a web page or stream music. I been to quite a few different states and drop to edge service a lot with no data connection whatsoever. There are a few cities where T-Mobile has good LTE coverage and speeds – until you walk into a building – then you’d better hope they have WiFi. I will be switching five lines. I’d rather have slower throttled data everywhere than fast data only in densely populated areas and non-existent data coverage everywhere else.T-Mobile voice coverage is pretty good – I’ll give them that.

    • Krali

      That right? Because I’ve never seen my 4g dip below 20Mbps, and that’s only if I have less than 3 bars.

      • monkeybutts

        I’ve seen my T-mobile drop below 1 Mbps before without throttling on 3-4 bars. Doesn’t happen often but it does happen. Usually dip below 5 Mbps on LTE during peak hours and same for HSPA. I asked T-mobile about it, no immediate plans for upgrades.

        Of course it varies by area.

        • Ordeith

          There is a large college in my city where T-Mobile provides speeds of 0.4mbps down. Just terrible.

        • notyourbusiness

          Newsflash: Nobody but you cares.

        • Ordeith

          I am sure all those poor T-Mobile “customers” that attend that college care a great deal. Cricket should advertise there. :)

        • notyourbusiness

          Correction: I’m sure YOU advertise there any chance you get. Stop replying to me, you troll.

        • Ordeith

          I don’t work in the wireless industry, and my line of work wouldn’t involve advertising to that particular group of students. Sorry to disappoint you.

        • notyourbusiness

          Why would you think I’m disappointed? LMFAO, that would require me actually giving a crap about you, which I don’t. Enjoy your sad, pathetic non-life. That’s what it is considering all you do is trash a wireless company on its own blog site and pimp another every chance you get. Have a great day! :-D

        • Ordeith

          Your relationship with T-Mobile is rather… unhealthy… You do realize the company won’t tuck you in at night and wish you sweet dreams, right? right?

        • Paul

          Neither will Cricket Wireless. You’re rebuttal was weak with that last comment.

        • Ordeith

          notyourbusiness will only assault you with her questionable musical tastes. She is unlikely to tuck you in at night either, despite your bandwagon pandering to her comments.

        • Spanky

          I live in Brooklyn, NY. T-Mobile’s downstream data speed in my neighborhood is 0.5 Mbps and has been this way for the past 3 years.

        • DirkDigg1er

          In NY all carriers have dead spots but Sprint and Tmo does have the most.

      • GinaDee

        You need to get out more. T-Mobile does not provide 20Mbps speeds everywhere.

        • Paul

          Not everywhere but in plenty of places. For users such as myself, that travel to large cities, T-Mobile offers the coverage I desire. WiFi calling pretty much eliminates areas where I might stay and get a weak signal.

          Grab any map and you’ll see that all carriers have open spots where they don’t have coverage. No carriers offers stable speeds across the US. Each user should research which provider offers the best deal and coverage for their area.

    • iOSX

      I live and travel in the Philly-Trenton-NYC area and I get LTE or 4G pretty much everywhere. I did a Speedtest and these are the results: http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/i/874615541

  • red

    I will never leave t-mobile unless another carrier can smoke t-mobiles 4G LTE………….I travel all over USA and T-mobile LTE is all about speed. Other carriers keep on trying cause it’s all about what the customer wants, and that is speed and good customer service.

    • Red

      I also live in dFW where I have down load speeds at 60 Mbps and uploaded at 7-14 Mbps .

      • Kassem Vance Khromachou

        I live in plano Texas dfw was getting 100Mbps

        • Guest

          Thats amazing but the reality is as soon as you leave the city you have nothing. I love T-Mo but they have huge faults. There really is no way to sugar coat that until their coverage is expanded in other areas other than Metro areas. I had them in LA and in Las Vegas but once I moved to Sacramento I had to change providers because their network here is simply horrible. Im waiting for the day 700MHZ is deployed in NorCal and I might consider switching back.

        • Dakota

          Can’t tell you how many places – be it in a building in a large city or 5 minutes from downtown that I had no coverage on Tmobile where friends on Verizon or ATT had several bars. Verizon actually is having various promotions right now from extra data for new customers to half price subsidized devices. They also have a $60 single plan thats much cheaper than their More Plans. Depends where you live and what you can deal with. Getting ATT LTE thru Straight Talk works fine with me although I’m not positive its exactly the same coverage as ATT contract customers. But my phone says ATT as the network which I couldn’t get for $45 and only a buck fifty for taxes

        • Final Frame

          Thats funny. I live in Denton TX and travel to San Antonio, Wichita Falls, and Austin. I actually have little to no issue in between each city. I think its funny that these are pretty much the same people who have been dogging the Tmobile expansion and how it won’t be profitable. I love opinions but damn don’t troll so hard.

        • Ordeith

          RootMetrics true coverage map suggests you’re the troll. Dang T-Mobile looks terrible in Texas. Just go to RootMetrics coverage map of Texas, set it to data, and switch back and forth between ATT and T-Mobile and just see the difference.. Wowzers..

        • Ashton3002

          False I all the way from Dallas to Denton 2G then hspa then 4G lte for a good 5 seconds and back to 2G.

        • Paul

          I’ve gotten that tower as well. It’s pretty sick when it takes less than 10 minutes to download a 1.5 Gig file.

    • GinaDee

      You must not really “travel all over the USA.”

      Reality is Cricket users will have more LTE and HSPA+ coverage than any Metro PC user by a long shot.

      AT&T’s LTE network alone is bigger than T-Mobile’s entire 2G/3G/4G/lLTE network combined.

      • Derrick Ford

        Nope… I am sorry… Tmobile LTE Network uses better Tech. MiMo to be exact. What you stated is simply false!!!

        • Ordeith

          Yeah T-Mobile uses tech that is so much better you can only use it outdoors in specific areas. That’s just how good it is. /s

        • Derrick Ford

          You have no clue or following. Be gone with your Simpleton Self.

        • Derrick Ford

          I have a phone capable of the new 700 Spectrum… hmmm… what do they offer you at that General Store near the trailer park?

        • GinaDee

          Hopeless fanatic. All forums have them.

          How’s that Mimo working out for you in all the cities covered by GPRS/2G or no service?

        • Derrick Ford

          Works great here in LA and Orange County. I know it doesn’t work well for you in the trailer park. Maybe one day…when you fine employment.

        • Ordeith

          Rootmetrics true coverage map (and my personal experience) says your lying.
          But you’re such a simpleton you probably don’t know how to read their data.

        • Derrick Ford

          Now… you are using my word “Simpleton” Your personal experience in the Trailer Park doesn’t count! And, it’s your Mom’s Trailer to boot!!!

          Where I live it is great. Full Coverage over 60 mbps down on LTE. I do Pity You!

        • Ordeith

          Well you had better get the Root Metrics app and help them out, then. Their true coverage map shows T-Mobile at around 25mbps in your neighborhood. But by the time you get to the Riverside National Cemetery on Van Buren speeds fall off with several tests coming back at between 0.5 and 1.5mbps. It does look like you have it better than the poor folks in nearby Anaheim Hills, though. They get no love from T-Mo.

        • Alex Zapata

          I can tell you how it works for me visiting a family friend in Ottawa, IL….. Voice-only EDGE when we left WiFi…… -_-

        • Alex Zapata

          While it’s true that TMO uses clever technology like 4X2 MIMO, that tech only helps in areas of existing coverage. I love TMO and I love their service most of the time but there’s quite a few places I go to that have miserable service or even no service at all. Places like Starved Rock National Park are basically TMO dead zones.

        • Derrick Ford

          Yeah… Well I don’t think I’d be visiting Starved Rock National Park any time soon. I am in So. Cal’s Orange and LA Counties. Tmobile is what anyone in this area should have if they where smart.

      • BKM

        you must work for AT&T? you do not have a T-Mobile account!

    • Dakota

      You obviously aren’t in areas where Tmobile sucks… And after a while, most people only need a minimum amount of speed.. Its not all about numbers & speed test. The average consumer doesnt even do that.

      • dontsh00tmesanta

        My min speed is 6mbps. I always get above that but I dont tell unless I speed test. I routinely drive through great tmo areas and crappy ones. I live in a great one

  • KlausWillSeeYouNow

    That last sentence kills me. As an ex-AT&T customer, I can tell you: it is NOT a better LTE network.

    Boo, hiss. C’mon, Cam – for AT&T, bigger is NOT better.

    • Spanky

      When it comes to coverage, bigger is better. No need to be a fanboy about it.

      • KlausWillSeeYouNow

        In the areas you do cover, it’s best to be fastest. Faster is better.

        • Ordeith

          I would take 8mbps I can use almost everywhere over 40mbps I can use outdoors on select street corners in a few very large cities.

        • Spanky

          Absolutely. Once you step indoors and completely lose signal, 40 Mbps becomes a moot point.

        • Paul

          Depending on the building materials this doesn’t happen as often as your generalized statement makes it seem. I’m in my office and get pretty decent speeds, but I’m at work and don’t try to stream movies. When I’m out an about I don’t have problems with data.
          With that said, older buildings can cause an issue with signal loss and T-Mobile does suffer more than, say, AT&T. As I stated above, this doesn’t happen all that often.

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          In all my offices I get a regular 15mbps….under ideal situations I get 40-80. but I dont notice unless I speedtest. So I dont really care lol

          TMO!

        • Paul

          I’m in Dallas and get 40 on my couch. Got 80+ while getting gas and have gotten just over 120+ in front of my vet’s office.

        • Ordeith

          Good for you, while at your vets office you can blow through your monthly allotment on a 5GB data plan in less than 15 minutes. Wonderful.
          Meanwhile I still get 8mpbs when camping and an hour drive from the nearest gas station. On T-Mobile you can’t go much further than Terrell before your coverage falls off a cliff.

        • Paul

          – I have unlimited data…so no.
          – Not sure how camping justifies not having really fast data speeds. Should you not be more aware of the wilderness over streaming Netflix or check email?
          – If you aren’t happy with your coverage T-Mobile offers then perhaps another carrier can. Terrell is the sticks and if you live in that area then it was your choice.
          – Your lame attempt at sarcasm isn’t helping you gain sympathy, at least not mine.

        • Ordeith

          That’s “unlimited” in quotes, not UNLIMITED in all caps bold like T-Mobile puts on their site. I know people on “unlimited” plans that are seeing some data throttling at 16GB. Hardly UNLIMITED.

        • Paul

          No, it’s not in quotes.
          I cannot speak for your friends, and I don’t get the impression you know why they are being throttled but you seem to think that you can speak for them. As of right now I’m at just over 32 Gigs. Last month I was just under 75 Gigs of data. I’m looking at my T-Mobile account and billing from last month and this period. A few months ago I was around 80 Gigs. T-Mobile isn’t throttling everyone at 16 Gigs. It would appear to be incorrect.

          So, to please the audience, UNLIMITED DATA.

          Side note, up-voting your posts as a guest is considered a faux pas.

        • Ordeith

          Wasn’t going to respond to your continued lunacy but that last line was just too much.

          Unlike your bestie, Jennings Tutton, I never vote on my own posts.
          I’m so sorry there are people that agree with me. Must suck for you.

        • Paul

          I’m not here for up-votes, as you seem to find pride in, so it doesn’t suck to be me. However, your use of “lunacy” shows me, as well as others, the maturity level you have settled down into. One only needs to read your comments in this thread to see it.

          Hope the first day of school was great for you. Be sure to report bullies. Did you get a gold star from the teacher?
          Cheers kid.

        • Ordeith

          You ascribe attributes to me that don’t exist. You don’t even have a valid descriptive acquaintance to even begin to build associative properties about me.
          But you are just condescending enough to have a career as a T-Mobile sales or support associate. Given the rest of your correspondence that looks like a plausible vocation for you.

        • Paul

          Suddenly…big words. I didn’t realize you’d be cut so easily. I apologize for the condescending tone of my previous post.

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          Dont know which ones are you talking about but I hit 30gb sometimes and no throttles

        • Alex Zapata

          I’ve blown through more than 100GB in ~3 weeks before. No throttling. Stay within the ToS and T&Cs and there’s no problems.

        • Ashton3002

          I do recall you saying you get 80 down on your couch now it’s 40…so which is it?

        • Paul

          This is a valid question.
          I moved in early June to a different area; from Frisco to Far North Dallas. I got 80 from my previous apartment, but the new place I only get 40. No complaints from me about it.

        • Ashton3002

          Oh you never specified that and when you said on my couch you made it seem current

        • Paul

          I’m sorry, it was a misunderstanding from both ends. I said in a previous comment that i hit 80+ at a gas station. I’ve also gotten 80+ from my couch in my old apartment earlier this year.

  • iOSX

    Does Cricket even offer LTE? I thought their data plans were 3G only.

  • John Doe

    At&t throttles their cricket network on the HSPA to 4 MBPS and LTE to 8MBPS . Their $60 plan is only 5 GB. Down here in San Diego, cricket is failing miserably. They’re laying off corporate people big time. They have given account reps a 60 day layoff notice, and making them reapply for the same job. MetroPCS is constantly growing and expanding. Heck, even cricket employees know the company is in turmoil and going down the drain. As a consumer I would never buy from Cricket. The network has improved, but the company is just awful on the internal side. I hope this promotion fails at cricket and at&t just folds the company and calls it a wash.

    • Mr Paul

      5 months later, T-Mobile has now gone as low as copying AT&T’s throttling and pricing, except for giving 5 instead of 10GB for 60 bucks like AT&T does, AND they don’t give a discount for autopay.

  • Todd

    They’ll mainly get the people who could use a $100 break on their bills. Granted, that could help out out a family that’s struggling to pay the bills.

    To counter that, the day after this promotion ends, TMO should announce the exact same offer to Cricket customers..

    • Mr Paul

      5 months later, not only have they not done this, but now they’ve gone as low as copying AT&T’s throttling and pricing, except for giving 5 instead of 10GB for 60 bucks like AT&T does, AND they don’t give a discount for autopay.

  • Thomas Clark

    Geez guys… Obviously YMMV. I may consider it because I can’t get service indoors now. Wasn’t a problem in Atlanta, but there is no 700mhz spectrum for T-Mo out in Portland. It’s nice to know that I can do that for a few months, then once they get decent low end spectrum from the upcoming auction, they will pay for me to come back.

  • Chris

    I’ve had T-Mobile for a long time, and I have family members who have had Cricket for a few years, and while their network has improved in the last year or so, it is NOT better than T-Mobile’s, at least in my city.

    • bpear96

      The new cricket just uses at&t network

    • ruiz

      new Cricket is owed by at&t they merged them and there start up company Aio. Come on AT&T out beats tmobile serivce any day their inyernt is faster and don’t throttle as slow c’mon 10g of LTE with unlimited 4g data incl international txt for $60 flat. Then they have family plans 5 lines for $100 . Plus if u have 4 lines n ur switching from T-Mobile o metro n you get $400 bill credit they allow you to earn rewards towards an upgrade they have a trade up program leasing they sell iPhones n latest galaxy s5 they also give referral credits

  • Dakota

    All the competition is great for consumers. I’m confused if youre on Metro Pcs, are you getting the same network and coverage as Tmobile or not. I havent been able to get a Straight answer fromthem. For nnow, Straight Talk $45 for 3gb of LTE continues to be my money saving option with a generous amount of data & no extra fees. If Tmobile matched, I’d switch. May do the 1 week trial if they offer it with iPhone 6 but don’t think that would happen

    • mazz97

      MetroPCS continues to use its own CDMA network for older and less expensive devices. The newest and more expensive devices it sells, like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy S4 before that, are all GSM network phones and use T-Mobile’s GSM network. You pay your bill to MetroPCS but get the more modern T-Mobile GSM network. For a while, you could bring your own, unlocked GSM device to MetroPCS, I don’t know if they still do that. I pay $60 dollars a month (plus insurance its $68) and that gets me unlimited everything, including data with no caps. The downside is that you have to buy the phone outright from MetroPCS as they don’t offer payment plans like the bigger carriers and paying $600 for one of these devices up front can be daunting for some. I happen to live and work in areas where T-Mobile has a good to great average signal, so it works very well for me.

      • DirkDigg1er

        Exactly, the problem abroad is the cost of these overpriced smart phones that don’t support next years network. I think more of these companies should continue to sell older versions (gs4/htc m7) or go the Sprint route with sub $250 smart phones.

      • Timbo1

        Metro has begun shutting down their CDMA towers in some markets like Las Vegas, NV and some places in Texas and only sell GSM phones most of which are on T-Mobile as well as a few that aren’t on T-Mobile. Metro still offers bring your own device but locks the SIM to one phone so you can’t swap SIMS into a different phone and expect to use it without paying a fee.

  • jose

    Im not switching. I have galaxy s5 from metro, and i get so good service $60 unlimited

  • sbpceap

    I switched from Verizon to Tmobile because of Verizon’s high prices. Verizon has excellent customer service. Tmobile was less expensive, but at the cost of customer service. In short, I have concluded that Tmobile is one of the most incompetent businesses I have ever done business with. I wanted Tmobile to auto-bill-pay one of my credit cards, and they said they couldn’t without a credit check. (Why? I didn’t want to borrow $, and I own my phones outright!). So I paid to unblock my credit for a month, but Tmobile couldn’t check my (very good) credit, and so refused to let me pay automatically each month. Most companies would LOVE to do auto-bill-pay. With no paper bill sent, they texted one of my least used phones saying amount due. They shut my service after 3 days late, and since I was traveling, I couldn’t use my phone to pay them! The following month, I wanted to pay in advance, so my service wouldn’t risk being shut off. Tmobile wouldn’t let me! I had to wait until I had a balance due! So I tried to change my plan, but Tmobile website simply said “You already have the best plan!” Imagine that. Tmobile knew what was best for me! Tmobile LiveChat were, at best, idiots who had trouble with English and would repeat whatever I wrote with expressions of sympathy. I now want to switch to Cricket. Maybe I won’t have to beg them to take my money.

    • Mr Paul

      Yeah, their network is run in the same incompetent manner. T-Mobile has constant outages, they’ll never look into a down tower unless 5 people scream at them for 2-3 days, they don’t care if you don’t have LTE even if their map says you do, they don’t care if you’re in an area that should have coverage or an area needs a booster, they won’t tell you where towers are or what towers are causing problems, or any status’. It’s unbelieveable. It’s like Legere is just a trash-talking troll, Ray is a know-it-nothing failure of CTO because he doesn’t know where and how to deploy for sh!t, and his company is run by a bunch of 12-year-olds pretending to be professional.

      Cricket was ridiculously smooth, and not only do they have an auto-pay option, but they discount you for using it. I created the account in 5 minutes, received my SIM a few days later, and my phone number was instantly ported and ready (I tested by calling it right away) to use by the time I had filled out the two quick forms. I popped the new SIM in my phone and turned it on. Other than that, SMS/MMS was ready and working 20 minutes after porting.

      Cricket is the most brilliant thing in prepaid on the market. It just works, it’s great value, and it’s on a great network.

      Before leaving T-Mobile, I paid off, then unlocked my phone. When I switched to Cricket, I called to pay my last bill to have T-Mobile out of my way for good. The sales rep (not her fault, she quickly realized and pointed out how T-Mobile’s system works) pointed out the account showed a credit for the amount I paid off my phone, and did not show my bill needed to be paid. She had to look up the bill amount, tell me the amount, and charge me for that specific amount. Luckily she did it all right and that was it.

  • Juanita Newsome

    I want to no if I switch my phone over to cricket from metro do I have to pay can someone help me with this question please….

    • Marc

      When porting to cricket you will pay for your first months bill, the phone itself (unless you bring your own) and activation fee.