MetroPCS now offering budget Android smartphones for just $29

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MetroPCS, from today, is going to start offering three of its budget smartphones for just $29 to any new or existing customer signing up to one of its $50 or $60 plans. The devices on offer are the LG Optimus L70, Kyocera Hydro LIFE and the Alcatel One Touch Fierce 2.

LG’s Optimus L70 features a 4.5-inch screen, 5MP camera, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 2,040 mAh battery and runs Android 4.4. KitKat. Alacatel’s OneTouch Fierce 2 looks like a more specced-out device with a 5-inch display, 1.2GHz quad-core chip and 5MP camera, powered by a 2,000mAh battery and also runs 4.4 KitKat. Kyocera’s offering has a 4.5-inch impact-resistant screen, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 5MP camera and – like the Alcatel – a 2,000mAh battery.

You’ll be glad to know there are no rebates to claim to get your discount. It’s a simple instant in-store discount. Sounds like a pretty great deal for anyone looking at buying a bog-standard device.

Find out more at MetroPCS.com.

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  • Jay Holm

    Wow, no reason people can’t afford a smartphone now!

    • Verizonthunder

      Someone will complain just wait.

    • Ordeith

      That has been the case ever since the Lumia 520 was available.

      Low end Android’s are still a pretty terrible experience, though. Near this price point people are better off with a Lumia 635.

      • landmarkcm

        See my above post. I am actually surprisingly happy with the Galaxy Avant! :)

  • Luis Torres

    can this phone be used on tmobile? by simply putting a tmobile sim card?

    • Stefan Naumowicz

      Not until they are unlocked

      • TylerCameron

        Yes they can, MetroPCS IS T-Mobile. THey have the same network code, so their SIM cards are interchangable.

        • Stefan Naumowicz

          That is incorrect. Go buy a metro phone and try to put your sim in it

        • Orlando Duran

          In order to use a metro phone with tmobile, u have to unlock it

      • TK – Indy

        This is correct. Unlock codes for the L70 are cheap on eBay (<$3). Don't know if the others can be unlocked or not.

    • None

      How would I get this phone unlocked to work on TMO?

  • Ts

    Makes me wonder, how much is it to manufacture them ? 10$ 20$? In that case iPhone and Galaxy is waaaaaaay overpriced.

    • Stefan Naumowicz

      Phones priced like the galaxies and Iphones dohave huge margins, but these phones are certainly being sold below cost

      • Jay Holm

        All smartphones are way, way overpriced!!!

    • KingCobra

      Probably sold at a small loss in order to attract customers and sell services.

  • Stefan Naumowicz

    Let the cricket shilling begin

    • Ordeith

      it hurts how much better they are, doesn’t it?

      • Stefan Naumowicz

        Called it!

        • Nick

          Exactly

  • Justsomecommentor

    No LTE, much less Band 12. Would be pointless to buy.

    • monkeybutts

      And LTE phones would save $120 per year on any plan as well.

  • vrm

    they should not be selling this junk- most of these cheap phones will not even work on t-mobile. Either they do not support LTE or the frequencies that are relevant to t-mobile. Even the HSPA phones do not have AWS.

    It is a terrible thing to do long term and they are not making much money from them anyway.

    • Zacamandapio

      HSPA is refarmed to 1900 PCS and AWS is for 4G LTE

      • vrm

        well, many of those phones do not have ANY LTE support.

    • They are all HSPA+ phones capable of working on the cellular, AWS and PCS bands.

      • vrm

        are you sure ? I checked specs on gsm arena for some of them and they do not have AWS .

        • PiCASSiMO

          GSM Arena is not always accurate. There are versions of the same phone which have different frequencies, some specific to carriers.

  • Tinger12

    Jeez people, these are not for people who follow the wireless phone race. Your average user who walks in to a MetroPCS store for service will not care. They want an inexpensive device with inexpensive service that does the basic stuff like calling, texting, email, social media apps and some music. They don’t root and load Xposed modules and have no clue how to even hook their phone to a PC. Also it could be Tmo or the manufacturer are clearing inventory of these to make room for new ones.

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    There are so many People on dumb phones still. This is a great deal

  • Ordeith

    Crap coverage with crap phones.
    How delightful.

    • Mike

      “Irresponsible”? I would not buy them but why is the onus on a mobile phone brand to only sell updated devices? Plenty of people with a Gingerbread or flip/slider phone would be very happy with either device.

      • Ordeith

        Did you miss the part where JellyBean has a MASSIVE security hole that is being actively exploited and will go unpatched and unsupported by Google? Did you miss where Google said they would no longer support JellyBean because it is too old? Selling a new phone with JellyBean at this point would be like selling a new laptop with Windows XP. Just irresponsible and stupid.

        • Jose Hernandez

          Then don’t buy it. Problem solved.

    • Mike

      “Crap coverage with crap phones.”

      The coverage is the same as T-Mobile’s in most circumstances. This is not the website to convince people it’s bad.

      • Ordeith

        “The coverage is the same as T-Mobile’s in most circumstances.”

        That’s what I said, crap coverage.

        • Austin

          Aaaaand you’re wrong. Obviously. Go troll the sprint forums or whatever

        • Ordeith

          What obvious is how right I am. At least for everyone not so myopic about T-Mobile. Your wishful thinking doesn’t reality make.

        • Goog

          cuz you live in a desert that is why it didn’t work well.
          study hard and try to live in a city.

        • Orlando Duran

          Your full of shit, stupid troll

        • Orlando Duran
        • There are certainly areas where T-Mobile doesn’t have good coverage and never will. If you live or work in an area like that, try another carrier. For most of the population it isn’t only adequate, it’s the best.

    • TK – Indy

      People who have the Hydro Life really like it. The L70 doesn’t have enough storage, though. You have to root it and use a hack to use SD card for app storage. It is a great phone once you do that. There are 2 in my family.

    • abc

      Google patched it, it’s called new android. Google can’t update someone else’s phone. Kyocera can, but they’re not.

      • Ordeith

        And Microsoft patched Windows Vista with Windows 7, right? Wrong.
        That’s a cop out of the Google apologists and you know it.
        Regardless, it is irresponsible for a manufacture to make, or a carrier to sell, a phone with Jellybean at this point.

        • rfoster327

          Google can only patch it at there level but however many manufacture phone that run android run there own customize version of android meaning it’s upto those manufacture to release a patch for any devices running android jelly bean. For an example if you were to try to install a stock ROM from LG onto a Samsung phone it wouldn’t work since each ROM for those manufacture have been customized to work on there device that they release only.

    • eric

      switched from att to metro and love it. Better reception and $60 mo with unlimited 4g. If you don’t have metro you can’t judge them. It’s not like it used to be.

  • George

    The ZTE ZMAX is $99 and a much better open on IMO.

    • George

      *option*

  • None

    Do I have to unlock this metro phone to use it on TMO? I see a yes and a no in this comment section.

    • Orlando Duran

      Yes u do

    • Orlando Duran

      Yes u do

    • Nick

      Yes. Also, they usually require you to have at least 2 months of service to get the device at the discounted price.

  • John Wentworth

    National metrics don’t prove anything for the average user.
    I live in NJ and I can tell you T-mobile is much better than Sprint in my area, and it’s getting closer to AT&T coverage. Only the very rare dead spot in my area. It’s all about the location you live in. T-mobile’s metro focused coverage isn’t for everyone but for many of us it’s a great deal. Exspecially for big data users

    • Orlando Duran

      I have tmobile currently, love it, no issues.my wife loves it. Gonna get rid of home internet. I got an mhl adapter for 7 bucks on ebay. I now have an hdmi connection, streams media perfectly on my new 42 inch Sony led tv

  • Ordeith

    My 7 years as a T-Mobile customer says otherwise.

  • landmarkcm

    I picked up a Tmobile branded Galaxy Avant off ebay under 100 & it’s much better!! Metro is selling it for 69.00 right now. Sammy’s 5mp camera’s take much better photos then lg’s as well! I would say the Avant is as good as the Moto G LTE, You actually even get technically a bit more screen real estate as well, Even though their both 4.5 inches as Moto has that black bottom on screen row of icons showing on a lot of pages. So anyhoo I would say go with the Avant over the others.