T-Mobile launching new HTC and Samsung phones, MetroPCS gets new Mexico Unlimited add-on

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T-Mobile today announced a trio of new phones that will be hitting its magenta shelves later this month.

The HTC Desire 626s, Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime, and Samsung Galaxy Core Prime will all arrive on July 22 with varying specs and price points. Here’s a quick rundown on what makes these phones tick:

  • HTC Desire 626s: 5-inch 1280×720 display, Snapdragon 210 processor, 8-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front cameras, 8GB of storage, microSD slot, 1GB of RAM, 2000mAh battery, and Android 5.1 with HTC Sense. The Desire 626s will cost $0 down and 23 payments of $7.09 per month, with a 24th payment of $6.92. Final price is $169.99.
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime: 5-inch 960×540 display, Snapdragon 410 processor, 8-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front cameras, 8GB of storage, microSD slot, 2600mAh battery, and Android 5.1 with Samsung’s custom UI. Price will be set at $0 down, 23 payments of $7.92, and 1 payment of $7.83. Final price is $189.99.
  • Samsung Galaxy Core Prime: 4.5-inch 800×480 screen, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 5-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front cameras, 8GB of storage, microSD slot, 1GB of RAM, 2000mAh battery, and Android 5.1 with Samsung’s custom UI. Price will be $0 down, 23 payments of $5.84, and 1 payment of $5.67. Final price is $139.99.

T-Mo says that the HTC Desire 626s will also launch at MetroPCS on August 3 for $79 with an instant rebate. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Core Prime is now available for $49.

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Finally, MetroPCS is getting a new Mexico Unlimited plan add-on, which lets customers use their phones in Mexico just like they would at home. Think of it like a mini Mobile Without Borders. The add-on is available to customers with a base plan that’s $40 or more per month and offers unlimited calling and texting to Mexico from the US, and while you’re in Mexico, you’ll get unlimited calling, texting to the US, and data usage pulled from your bucket.

Metro customers that add Mexico Unlimited to their plan before August 31 will get it for free through 2016. After that, it’ll cost $5 per month.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • Verizonthunder

    Way overpriced for what you get. Just go to swappa and get a nice high end smartphone for those prices.

    • PC_Tool

      There is no small amount of risk involved in that; especially for the average mobile user who has no idea what the difference between a Snapdragon 2xx or 4xx.

      These folks, by and large, would rather forgo the hassle and risk and just get one of these – and that’s the target market.

      • Verizonthunder

        What save money and purchase a slightly used smartphone that maybe one to two years old for the price but offers a high resolution, more ram, better processor, large internal storage, better camera and battery life? I rather get the most for under $200.

        • superg05

          that may or may not be fully compatible with the network

        • Verizonthunder

          Have you looked on swappa? I found a few smartphones that can easily meet any expectations hence possible no band 12.

        • PC_Tool

          “I rather get the most for under $200.”

          That’s fine. There is nothing wrong with that. I was merely pointing out the other perspective. The majority perspective. Known to many as … the actual smartphone market.

          If it makes you feel any better, consider yourself one of the few and proud who actually care about things like OS versions and Image sensors. :)

          This kind of product/marketing may seem alien to many of us here because it’s completely and utterly targeted at our opposites (where the money is).

        • Verizonthunder

          I realize there are few like us who care to research than be lazy and purchase a half baked smartphone for more than its value because they played with the device for maybe less than five minutes. Also complain it’s not free either.

        • PC_Tool

          “for more than its value”

          Ah. The value of the device, unlike the price, is subjective. If being hassle-free and risk-free is worth $170 to someone…

          Well, I’m willing to bet it’s worth that and more to a great many people.

        • Verizonthunder

          Don’t forget they have to pay taxes depending on state. I agree cheap people will love it but also complain too. Have you seen typical buyers who are high maintenance and expect everything from sales rep… not hassle free.

        • Paul Birkbeck

          I agree, Swappa is the furthest thing from hassle free. Just sold a phone on there.. complete nightmare

        • TaylorW86

          The target market for these phones are not the people who are researching and spending 2-300 dollars on Swappa (with a credit card) for a used phone. This market probably spends very little money on the internet, certainly not hundreds of dollars at a time.

      • Stone Cold

        I would get one if I was upgrading my son’s phone he doesn’t need a high end

    • Stone Cold

      I would get one if I was upgrading my son’s phone but he doesn’t need a high end phone .

      • Verizonthunder

        In general for the specs the price should be budget friendly, this is not.

        • PC_Tool

          Depends entirely on the budget, but I’d wager ~$7 a month is easily within reach of most of the smartphone market.

        • Verizonthunder

          Cheap people do not see that sadly. Stone Cold is not one of them, just general population.

        • JLV90

          or $5 a month for 12 months if they let you upgrade to these on score. I know the Avant was listed as free when they showed examples of what you could get after 12 months and that phone sells for more than $150.

        • jp

          It’ll probably be less than that for “other qualified” credit classes, with around $60-90 down payment.

  • mingkee

    they’re very basic.

  • JJCommonSense

    Samsung should be ashamed of these basic ass specs on that high ass pricepoint. Android 4.4?? Really??? This is a loser before it even gets on the shelf.

    • Zp15

      I don’t know if that’s right… All the other U.S. carrier Grand Primes have lollipop with the new S6 touchwiz

    • landmarkcm

      5.0 isn’t all that. I actually prefer Kitkat over it in some ways & some apps don’t work on lollipop yet either, Like an equalizer app I really like. Also it’s not surprising to come with 4.4 on devices still. As 5.0 is still up and coming.. Battery life I thought was also supposed to be better on Lollipop and it’s not.

      • JJCommonSense

        Yeah you have a point…but for Samsung, with all if its engineering and technical acumen, to roll out any “new” or updated device that doesnt have the latest version of any software, at a pricepoint that eclipses so many other devices that do have the latest and greatest software and hardware is just sad.

    • jp

      1) They’ll both have Lollipop.
      2) Less than $200 is hardly a high pricepoint, even for a midgrade product.

  • How about the other friendly neighbor in the great, white North?

  • Deadeye37

    These phones will probably hardly see an update, and run like crap because they have a poorly QAed skin on them. Sad thing is that they’re priced at the same price point as a Moto G (or E) or other similar, superior speced low/midrange phones.

  • TK – Indy

    They have gotten smarter on locking those Metro phones – no unlock for LG Leon yet. I like to pick these cheap phones up and unlock them for my kids who are always breaking/losing phones.

    • jimmy p.

      Unlock?

  • shamatuu

    all those phones are not worth a penny. not even 1080 P. This is 2015! not 2001. My god.

    • JLV90

      They’re not flagship phones. 720p is fine with HTC, qHD on the Grand Prime is terrible and 800×400 on the Core prime is even worse.

      These are in the Moto E/G price range which has 720p.

      • jp

        Core Prime is likely a replacement for the Galaxy Avant, which had 16gb internal storage. It’s only weakness (for the price) in my opinion was that drab, low res screen. Not sure why they would go with what amounts to a downgrade.

        • JLV90

          The Grand Prime isn’t much better, at least older models of the phone only have 1 GB of RAM the Avant has 1.5 GB.

    • matt

      i don’t think we had 1080p in 2001. yeah. back in 2001 i had that nokia 8890 phone. i thought it was so bad ass.

  • sidekicker89

    The picture displayed in this article is of the HTC 626 and not the 626s, correct?

    • Drewski

      No its the 626s. Did you read the article. lol silly. lol :-pp They did mention about T-Mobile getting the 626s on a sooner date than MetroPCS would have gotten it. The HTC 626s phone for MetroPCS will launch on August 13th with an $79 dollar instant instore rebate.

  • Both T-mobile and MetroPCS need to add Data Stash to their prepaid plans, like AT&T does with Rollover Data.

    • What MetroPCS really needs is hotspot.

      • They did, quietly: bit.ly/1f8GPj1

  • UMA_Fan

    Alex it’s pretty lazy to throw new T-Mobile device news and MetroPCS plan news in the same article

    • Drewski

      Why is that a problem? They are both pretty much the same now. If it has something to do with T-Mobile going together with the same items being sold together/ them having the same topic as far as the whole borders without borders is concerned.

      • Cruise Guy

        Ignore UMA Fan. He’s shocked at the slight change in format. I love them in the same article. They are in the same vein and work well together.

        • Drewski

          Yes I figures that much my Dear friend. And that is so true with T-Mobile/MetroPCS working so swell togethers there buddy. I freaking love it. Great way of metaphorizing such though there. I love and enjoy creativity in all aspects of life.

  • AS118

    Not bad phones, but I need like 16gb of storage minimum myself.

  • kgraham182

    Why is there a Tmobile story everyday advertising it’s plans? How about some stories about how they are imporoving their network and real world testing? If it really is getting better I think that would make people switch faster than the constant barrage of new and improved data plans.

    • If the network doesn’t work for you why use it? That’s like going to a recent restaurant where you don’t like the food and complaining… you know what you’re gonna get. Try AT&T or Verizon?

  • Paul Birkbeck

    Picked up the desire 626s at the store today. Awesome phone! Runs extremely well even with the lower specs. And also an added bonus is with the lower spec cpu the phone does not overheat at all!

    • Angel

      Is it still running smoothly? I’m planing on getting a new phone, and this is among the top options. I just need decent battery life, a good keyboard and HTC bilingual prediction hasn’t disappoint me yet. And the game Terra Battle (which my current phone refuse to) Oh and Mobile hotspot. Would this phone be good for it?

      • Paul Birkbeck

        Yeah its running pretty great still. I wouldnt expect it to be as great as the HTC ONE M9 as it is a budget phone. But it is smooth.. I downloaded Terra Battle and it seems to run smooth. Also comes with Mobile hotspot, wifi calling and the new tmobile band 12 lte

        • Angel

          Thanks for answering. Well the phone I’m currently using is a Prism, the first one :-/ but the one that died on me was an HTC Sensation, and I was okay with it. So this phone, as simple as it is, it’s still a mayor upgrade. This one just made it to the top of my list. Again, thanks.

  • Give My Opinion

    Them specs blow. I am having issues with 16 gb internal storage not being enough room. I feel 32 should be standard and 64,128,256 and 512 being other options. In between apps being huge updates almost daily being able to record 1080p or 4k and not all apps can be put on sd card if that is even avaiable.