MetroPCS expands to 10 new markets, offers extra data free to customers

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The MetroPCS team has been “crushing it” according to T-Mobile’s latest press release, and I’m inclined to agree. T-Mobile’s darker purple side is now available in ten new markets, and is celebrating by giving its customers extra data on the plans.

MetroPCS customers on the $40 plan will get 1GB of data each month, doubling it from 500MB. $50 plan subscribers get an extra 500MB too, boosting their allowance from 2.5GB to 3GB of 4G LTE data to use each month.

As for the brand expansion, MetroPCS has opened doors in the following locations, and will continue to expand throughout the next quarter:

  • Chattanooga, TN
  • Chicago, IL
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
  • Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, VA
  • Richmond-Petersburg, VA
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Yakima-Pasco-Richland-Kennewicj, WA

“Our MetroPCS team has been absolutely crushing it,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. “While other major national wireless providers are losing prepaid customers in droves, MetroPCS is growing strong – because of its incredible value, award-winning customer service and a blazing fast network, so it only makes sense that we’d continue to bring MetroPCS to more people across America.”

MetroPCS, like T-Mobile is moving quickly and isn’t just expanding its brand to cover more of the U.S., the networking team is also busy modernizing the network. Old CDMA networks are being shut down, while customers are being offered an easy way to get on to the LTE network.

How many of you guys are on MetroPCS? Would you be tempted to switch from T-Mobile’s brand for the value?

Source: T-Mobile 

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  • Thebookoffunnydotcom

    Naw I’m good. It was my first option when switching from Verizon but after Tmobile dropped the simple choice last year we been rocking with them ever since. Metro nickle and dimes you for certain features that are standard on Tmobile which cancels out the fact that taxes are included in monthly amount.

    • monkeybutts

      Metro does offer truly unlimited for $60 without the hassle of adding more people onto your plan.

      The $40 and $50 plans aren’t very competitive compared to simple choice family plans. Which Metro also does offer the discounts just aren’t as good as regular T-mobile.

      • CJ

        Dose the 60 plan have hotspot?

        • Apparently, all 2.5 GB of it for extra $5.

      • John

        You got that right!

  • Zander

    Can TMO buy iWireless please. I’d really like to convince my wife to switch from USCC.

    • Johayan

      I’d like to see iWireless in TMO just to nuke the roaming issues in Western IL and most of Iowa!

      • Zander

        What kind of roaming issues?

        • Johayan

          Slow speeds, data caps. Many times, I have been unable to get a working data signal for long stretches along Avenue of the Saints.

        • Zander

          Sounds horrible

        • Johayan

          I think it’s network prioritization and it’s hitting T-Mo users hard. Even a solid “E” is better than a non-working 3G/H. Nevermind the domestic roaming caps (that’s not on iWireless.

      • Chris Hilbert

        I never seem to have issue there. I just roam data/voice and it doesn’t apply towards my 50 MB domestic quota.

    • Eric Hare

      Yes please. There are big metro areas without any native t-mo coverage (Cedar Rapids, Quad cities, etc) and other big metro areas with no LTE (Des Moines)

      • Zander

        Who owns iWireless?

        • Eric Hare

          I’m not clear on the details, but its some kind of partnership between T-Mobile and iwireless… so, we do get unlimited roaming (as far as I can tell) if you’re on post-paid, but iwireless has no plans to build out LTE and T-Mobile clearly has no plans to expand native coverage around here.

        • Zander

          Yeah, I was just doing some reseach (I may be bored lol) and I can tell that iwireless does not want to do any expanding, especially in the west. Seems lame on both iwireless and TMOs part. I really don’t like USCC lol.

        • fentonr

          IWireless is half owned by T-Mobile. It was started as a joint venture between the Iowa Network Services and Western Wireless’ Voice Stream unit which is why T-Mobile owns half of them.

    • fentonr

      T-Mobile does own half of iWireless, that’s why you see T-Mobile phones sold under the iWireless brand. They do run independent in some regards though, namely they have their own network. That said, their network and coverage sucks and I wish T-Mobile would buy them…it can’t be that expensive, they’re pretty small.

    • Chris Hilbert

      Is anyone permanently roaming on I-Wireless? I have been debating adding my parents to T-Mobile account but they’re located in the Quad Cities.

  • Mark

    MetroPCS is very disorganized. I experienced call disconnects while calling customer service, excessive wait time to resolve simple problems, and inconsistent information from reps. They also have fees out the wazoo. T-Mobile Prepaid is way better than MetroPCS.

    • Mike

      You have to know how to work around Metro’s customer service shortcomings (go to a corporate-owned store, contact them on social media, hope for a well-training operator) or look for an answer yourself online.

      But if you rarely have service problems, Metro is quite a deal, especially since the T Mobile buyout.

  • What of GoSmart, another cheap offering by TMUS? Here’s how they seem to me to rank:
    – T-Mobile is the full-service, full-speed brand
    – MetroPCS is the cheap service, full-speed brand
    – GoSmart is the cheap service, 3G-speed brand

    On the other side of the GSM hand, here’s how the ATT brands seem to me to rank:
    – AT&T is the full-service, full-speed brand
    – Cricket is the cheap service, 3G-speed brand

    Price-wise, they rank thusly:
    – AT&T
    – T-mobile
    – MetroPCS
    – Cricket
    – GoSmart

    I am tempted at leaving T-mobile for GoSmart. However, for a bit more, Cricket, with the wider coverage, is a better deal. Yet, for more, MetroPCS with unlimited data is interesting too.

    I doubt that upgrading the network to almost completely 4G is going to make TMUS coverage equivalent to ATT. So, even then Cricket might be a better deal.

    But what of roaming by the cheaper brands? Am I missing something else from this picture?

    • monkeybutts

      The cheaper MVNOs often do not have the roaming regular T-mobile or regular AT&T have.

      • What does it mean in practical terms? It seems that it’s a bigger deal for the TMUS MVNOs than for Cricket, since it enjoys ATT coverage, dosn’t it?

        • MastarPete

          It means you cannot roam off of the host carrier’s network.
          True, if you look at the network as a whole you’d expect Cricket to be better, but differing coverage gaps could sour the deal where YOU intend to use the service.
          It’s entirely possible for both carriers to have such bad shared coverage gaps that you would wish you were back on postpaid for the roaming alone.

        • Let’s face it though. TMUS coverage is mostly 2G in area. Where there’s such coverage, there’s no roaming. Whether prepaid or postpaid, the service will leave to be desired. Moreover, in many areas where TMUS has no coverage, the roaming agreements leave to be desired, sometimes just voice and without data. IOW, it’s possible that one is better off with prepaid Cricket on ATT network than on postpaid TMUS, roaming-wise. It’s a difficult calculation weighing all the several pluses and minuses.

        • Guest

          I’m well aware of T-mobile’s 2G coverage in rural areas. There’s a large data coverage gap I frequently travel through between Elkhart,IN and Toledo, OH and Cleveland, OH.

        • MastarPete

          You won’t know until you try out both side by side, then keep the one that works best for you.

          90% of the time T-mobile coverage is fine for me as I’ve gotten used to data speeds on non-tmobile devices being edge only anyway. The 1900mhz refarm was a wake-up call that’s for sure. However data is not a high priority for me even after recently getting an LTE capable phone because of my non-cloud based use habbits.

        • John

          T- Mobile has stated on their website and other venues that they are going to have all their 2G towers to 4G. With the first half being done by the end of 2014 and the other half finishing by mid 2015.

        • I’ll believe it when I see it in my neck of the woods. However, isn’t this the beauty of no contracts choking choice? I can leave T-Mobile and try another carrier out at any time and, when it fulfills its promise to light up LTE where it matters to me, return in a heart beat.

        • Guest

          If you google howard forums then click on forums then click on the T- Mobile forum and and go to the thread upgrade to hspa

        • John

          If you google howard forums then click on forums then click on the T- Mobile forum and and go to the thread new 4g/ lte sighting. There are posters reporting certain areas that were once edge now converted to HSPA/LTE

    • john

      Cricket has 4G and 4G LTE, but limit their customers to 4 MBPS and 8MBPS on LTE. The data cap alone isn’t worth it on the $60. From a couple close people, cricket is losing customers rapidly. Heck they are laying off hundreds of people. The speed alone on MetroPCS is 100× worth it

      • markw

        Cricket is laying off hundreds?? That asshole Legere laid off nearly eleven thousand since taking over as CEO of Turd Mobile.

  • Mike Palomba

    I wouldn’t switch to metro. I doubt metropcs users get acess to 100% of the tmobile network and even if they did there has to be a catch as to why it’s so cheap.

    • taron19119

      Metro pcs get access to 100% of the t-mobile network they don’t get a large high end device selection the only high end device metro pcs get is the galaxy s line ie gs3 gs4 gs5 and so on and they don’t get anything on carrier / simple choice customers get

      • Mike Palomba

        Yea but you can bring your own unlocked device to metro so that isn’t really a big thing.

        • John

          I Agree with most of what you posted Mike except the part about Metro not getting 100% access to T-Mobile network.

          Metro PCS now gets 100% access to T-mobile’s network since they were bought out by T-Mobile. However, there are many downsides to having Metro PCS.

          I will list the things that METRO PCS customers DO NOT get:

          – The option to add Jump for $10 per month allowing you to upgrade your smartphone twice per year. Also remember that Jump includes insurance in the price. Thus, if you already get insurance for your smartphone Jump is only $2 extra since insurance for your smartphone by itself is $7.99

          – Free international text, free international 2g data, and free international roaming.

          – Free 1gb high speed data for tablets till the end of 2014

          – Music streaming from the following stations without counting towards user data limits. Pandora, Iheart radio, itunes radio, spotify, Rhapsody, Slacker, milk music,AccuRadio, Black Planet, Grooveshark, Radio Paradise, Rdio and Songza.

          In addition to all the perks T-mobile offers; T-Mobile has nearly every high end smartphone out there with the EXCEPTION of windows phones. T-Mobile currently has NO high end windows phones. Whereas, Metro PCS has all low end smartphones with the only high end phones being the Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, S5.

          Also since John Ledgre has made made changes to T-Mobile’s current plans. Metro PCS is cheaper than T-Mobile BUT NOT by much. How? I’ll break it down for you.

          T-Mobile simple starter plan for those who have only one line on their account.

          T-Mobile Simple starter is $40 for unlimited talk & text + 500 MB of data or for $45 you get unlimited talk & text + 2gb of data.
          VS.
          Metro PCS one line is $40 for unlimited talk & text +unlimited 2g data with 1 GB of high speed data

          T-mobile simple choice one line is $50 for unlimited talk &text + unlimited 2g data with 1GB being high speed data
          VS.
          Metro PCS one line is $50 for unlimited talk & text + unlimited 2g data with 3GB of high speed data

          T-mobile simple choice one line is $60 for unlimited talk &text + unlimited 2g data with 3GB being high speed data
          VS.
          Metro PCS one line is $60 for unlimited talk & text + unlimited high speed data
          VS.
          T-mobile simple choice one line is $80 for unlimited talk &text + unlimited high speed data

          Metro PCS for one line in quite a bit cheaper for those who have ONE or TWO lines on their account. However, T-Mobile evens out with Metro PCS in terms of price when you have 3 lines or more under one account. HOW?

          Metro PCS only gives a $5 discount for each additional line added to an account.

          So lets compare 3 lines under Metro PCS and 3 lines under T-Mobile.

          Metro PCS 1st line is $50 for unlimited talk & text + unlimited 2g with 3GB speed data data

          Metro PCS 2nd line is ($50-$5)= $45 for unlimited talk & text + unlimited 2g with 3GB speed data data

          Metro PCS 3rd line is ($50-$5)= $45 for unlimited talk & text + unlimited 2g with 3GB speed data data

          Total cost is $ 140 for 3 lines on metro PCS with Unlimited Talk & Text + Unlimited High Speed Data Metro PCS includes taxes and regulatory fees.
          VS.
          T-mobile 1st line is ($50+10) $60 unlimited 2g with 3GB speed data data

          T-Mobile 2nd line is ($30 +$10) $40 for unlimited talk & text + unlimited high speed data

          T-mobile 3rd line is ($10+$10) $20 for unlimited talk & text + unlimited high speed data

          Total cost is Total cost is $ 120 for 3 lines on T-mobile with Unlimited Talk & Text + Unlimited High Speed Data. Lets say with taxes and regulatory fees $20 extra bringing the total to $140.

          VERDICT: 3 lines on Metro PCS or T-Mobile comes out to the same price after including T-mobile taxes/regulatory fees and assuming we are comparing 3 lines under either brand that have unlimited talk + text & 3GB of high speed data on all 3 lines. Now if we excluded T-Mobile’s taxes/regulatory fee than T-mobile would be $20 cheaper with 3 lines on T-Mobile vs on Metro PCS.

        • Mike

          One quibble:

          Adding anyone to a MetroPCS account discounts the “original” account holder’s bill $5 as well as the new subscriber. So the total in the above scenario should be $135 ($45+$45+$45) , not $140.

  • HangmanSwingset

    “Kennewicj”

    Despite how lame this place is, “Kennewick” is correct.

  • Hiro

    I’ve got a friend who wants to switch from MPCS to the main T-Mobile brand.

    • Out of curiosity, why?

      • TechHog

        Post-paid? EIP? He likes the color magenta?

      • John

        T-Mobile has a ton of perks for simple choice customers that metro pcs dosen’t have. I detailed all this in one of my post in this article’s comment section.

        • They are not perks, their cost is part of the price. T-Mobile plans cost more for a reason. It’s up to the customers totodecide whether they will use those perky services or not. For paying for them and not using them is throwing money away.

          Besides, it’s not that one cannot send and receive international text or roam abroad or stream music at Metro PCS. They come at a cost and, depending on the frequency of use, it may still be cheaper to sign up with Metro PCS.

        • John

          You must not know the definition of perks. Go look it up in the dictionary. What I listed are perks given to T-Mobile simple choice customers at no extra cost. Have fun sticking with Metro PCS though and living in denial. lol

          No one said that at metro you can’t stream music or roam internationally. I just said at metro they come at a cost. All the perks given to T-mobile simple choice customers far out weigh the “extra costs” for going with T-Mobile.

          For example:
          Metro PCS one line is $50 for unlimited talk & text + unlimited 2g data with 3GB of high speed data
          VS.
          T-mobile simple choice one line is $60 for unlimited talk &text + unlimited 2g data with 3GB being high speed data

          assuming you only have one line uder your account and have the T-mobile plan listed above: the price difference is $10

          For $10 more a month the T-mobile perks outweigh that minor price difference for those who only have one line under their account.

          Disclaimer at Metro PCS add a lines only get $5 discount per line starting with the 2nd line onwards.

          So lets compare 3 lines under Metro PCS and 3 lines under T-Mobile.

          Metro PCS 1st line is $50 for unlimited talk & text + unlimited 2g with 3GB speed data data

          Metro PCS 2nd line is ($50-$5)= $45 for unlimited talk & text + unlimited 2g with 3GB speed data data

          Metro PCS 3rd line is ($50-$5)= $45 for unlimited talk & text + unlimited 2g with 3GB speed data data

          Total cost is $ 140 for 3 lines on metro PCS with Unlimited Talk & Text + Unlimited High Speed Data Metro PCS includes taxes and regulatory fees.
          VS.
          T-mobile 1st line is ($50+10) $60 unlimited 2g with 3GB speed data data

          T-Mobile 2nd line is ($30 +$10) $40 for unlimited talk & text + unlimited high speed data

          T-mobile 3rd line is ($10+$10) $20 for unlimited talk & text + unlimited high speed data

          Total cost is Total cost is $ 120 for 3 lines on T-mobile with Unlimited Talk & Text + Unlimited High Speed Data. Lets say with taxes and regulatory fees $20 extra bringing the total to $140.

          VERDICT: 3 lines on Metro PCS or T-Mobile comes out to the same price after including T-mobile taxes/regulatory fees and assuming we are comparing 3 lines under either brand that have unlimited talk + text & 3GB of high speed data on all 3 lines. Now if we excluded T-Mobile’s taxes/regulatory fee than T-mobile would be $20 cheaper with 3 lines on T-Mobile vs on Metro PCS.

          So if you have 3 lines on T-Mobile your costs come out to about the same as someone with 3 line on Metro PCS. The only difference is the one at T-Mobile gets the perks and the one at Metro PCS doesn’t.

        • The dictionary meaning of “perks” is “there is no such thing as a free lunch”. Why do you think that the equivalent plan at T-mobile costs more than at MetroPCS? How can you say that a feature is free in a more expensive plan?

          The cost comparison is interesting and I appreciate your going through the trouble to craft it. However, not everyone needs family plans, like myself. Then, the difference is between $50 at MetroPCS and $70 (after fees and taxes) postpaid or $65 (after taxes) prepaid at T-mobile.

          Here are the differences that I’m pondering:
          MetroPCS: no hotspot, limited international roaming.
          T-mobile prepaid: hotspot, no international roaming.
          T-mobile postpaid: hotspot, international roaming.

          The beauty of no contracts though is that I can cancel one plan and get T-mobile postpaid before an international trip. If one is on the road and needs tethering, one can add it at MetroPCS just for the month for $5 (totaling $55.50).

          I feel that there just are a lot of different particular needs to ponder when choosing a mobile plan. Or, IOW, one size does not fit all.

        • Mike

          For what it’s worth, I am very happy with the $50 plan on Metro. 3gb with WiFi goes aways for me.

        • John

          Your dictionary definition of perks show you know little to nothing about what perks are. Perks from the free Merriam Webster online dictionary states Perks – Something extra someone receives in addition to pay for doing the Job. T-Mobile a better option than metro Pcs.

        • Actually, you misquoted the Merriem-Webster. It says: “something extra that someone receives in addition to REGULAR pay for doing a job.” Which shows a lot about you.

        • John

          Did you not originally quote perks as not having a free lunch or something which is not at all what the online dictionary stated. It’s time to stop trolling don’t you think?

          I don’t go around making up definitions as you did earlier with your free lunch comment.

          So we still can’t admit that the following are perks for those on Tmobile simple choice. Music streaming from pandora,I heart radio,slacker,spotify etc without affecting data limits, 1gb of free tablet data, Free international text, free international 2g data, free international roaming, data tethering etc

    • Paul Verizzo

      I went back to TM from Metro because the latter locks a SIM to an IMEI. You can’t flip your Metro SIM into a different phone w/o calling up CS, doing it online (which I couldn’t do since my phones are not Metro), or going into the store and paying a $15 ransom.

      Otherwise, Metro was great. Exactly the the same coverages, same wifi, same no cap, just throttle. And, oh, the taxes back on TM are outrageous and I can’t find out why they are double what I used to pay there.

  • J05H

    I just wanted to say that I love this site but the pop ups when the page first loads is SO ANNOYING! I use a smartphone and the pop ups are hard to exit out of. That is all.

  • Tim Kirtley

    Only Metro plan that makes sense is the $60 unlimited. Free music/etc doesn’t matter at that point. If you need unlimited, you can save $20 over Tmobile prepaid price for same service.

    • AJ2

      They’ve said its not the same… Thats what I dont get. If it truly is the same network and speeds as Tmobile, then why not go with the cheaper plans.

      • Mike

        Who is “they”? It is the same. That’s why I have a Nexus 5 on MetroPCS. There’s plenty of people on other boards who have done the same thing, especially if they BYOD.

        I’ve gotten download speeds in metro Detroit as fast as 63 mbps. As with any sub brand, contract/post paid has tower priority, but at least where I am at, they have plenty of capacity so it’s not an issue.

        Tmo gives limited data roaming on AT&T that you lose with Metro (roaming is voice/text only) and texting is domestic only. You also lose visual voicemail.

        But it’s well worth the $20 a month we save.

    • Mike

      You save at least $10 over the tiered data offerings as well on MetroPCS. Tmo’s $60 plan has 3 GB of LTE data; it’s $50 on Metro. The $50 Tmo is the same as $40 on Metro.

      You do lose the music streaming, as mentioned, as well as international texting. No tethering with Metro’s base plans, either.

  • Mike

    My wife and me were on MetroPcs when it was CDMA and are loving it on T Mobile. Fantastic LTE speeds. We brought our own phones (Nexus 5 and Moto G LTE). Roaming on AT&T appears the same as postpaid without data. A postpaid family plan may be a better deal, but for 1-2 people, it’s a savings of $15 plus a month.

  • Zander

    I don’t have twitter but someone should tweet John Legere and tell him to buy iWireless.

    • John

      I agree Zander!

      • Zander

        Maybe my first tweet will be that lol

  • Stefan Naumowicz

    Why does metro PCS get such a big pat on the back every time new markets are announced? They are a part of T-Mobile now, growth into their parents’ markets should be expected, not applauded

    • KijBeta

      They will be a new name in the area. Gaining customers where competition for pre-paid is already established is why T-Mobile trumpets the expansion of the brand to get recognition.
      You are right in your assertion that it should be expected. This is also a T-Mobile news site, with fans of the brand very much present, so the reporting of such expansion and some applause should also be expected.

      • AJ2

        If Tmobile has no contracts, is prepaid just no credit check? If you buy your own phone outright – whether its $100 or $600, what’s the difference these days? Just paying at the beginning of the month?

      • Mike

        Agreed. T Mobile put out a press release, which is what they are expected to do, especially with good news.

    • wireless_goddess

      Yes, expansion is expected. But let me say that as an employee who was a part of this expansion, it feels good to be recognized for our efforts in launching a market. Lots of travel, long days, and the hardest of them all – being away from our families 3-4 days a week minimum. Those launching the market are often times not the ones who will reap the fruits of the labor. We do it with excellence and diligence because we are one. The MetroPCS team are some of the hardest working people in the industry! Hats off to all MetroPCS employees who have been hitting the pavement for the last 15 months!

  • AJ2

    Does metro pcs give you the same LTE as Tmobile. If it does, wouldnt you go for the cheaper plan? I’ve never been able to get a straight answer from them. I’m still on Straight Talk for 3gb of LTE for $45

    • dontsh00tmesanta

      yes but on the lower priority.

    • Wise Canuk

      Yes, I have the unlimited plan on Metro, pay $55 cause my wife is on metro, download what I want and get 20 mbps speeds consistently. The only thing you can’t do is tether. TMobile has this ridiculous block on it.

      • Paul Verizzo

        Sure you can. You pay another $5/mo for the privilege. My brother even found an Android app (Firefi?) that somehow gets around the 2.5gb cap on tethering, even with “unlimited” plans.

  • Luis Espinal

    Does anyone know if Metro and all the other TMo MVNOs will have access to 700mhz after Tmo rolls out?

  • AD1

    My question is what will Metro do for their customers when their phones no longer work on the LTE network? I have a galaxy s3 and might want an iPhone. Anyone heard anything?

    • Mike

      They’re offering free or nearly free GSM phones to existing CDMA Metro customers (which BTW run LTE data just fine on T Mobile). But the phones are not high-end. They’re not giving cash toward an iPhone.

  • Durand

    Just switched from T-mobile to Metro Pcs. Only difference is that I save $37 a month by being on Metro. Same network, have exactly the same coverage.

  • K Morris

    Metro took the Free hotspot off my phone with no notice i predict tmobile and metro will so crash and burn easy come easy go

  • K Morris

    T mobile lost soo many customers because of customer service i cant beleive metro fell for the merger

  • K Morris

    Ihate tmobile now i hate metro

  • K Morris

    Go sprint go at&t