MetroPCS getting its own versions of Music Freedom and Binge On

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Hot on the heels of T-Mobile’s Binge On announcement, T-Mo is showing some love to its MetroPCS customers.

MetroPCS is adding Music Unlimited and Data Maximizer features starting November 19. Think of these like the Metro equivalents of Music Freedom and Binge On, with the former letting you stream music without tapping into your monthly data allotment, and the latter optimizing video to play at DVD quality and watch “up to 3 times more” video.

Music Unlimited includes more than 30 music streaming services, including Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify, Slacker, iHeart Radio, and Google Play Music. The full list of services can be found here. Music Unlimited is available to new and existing MetroPCS customers on Metro’s new $40, $50, and $60 unlimited plans.

Meanwhile, Data Maximizer optimizes the video being streamed to your smartphone, saving you data and letting you watch up to 3 times more video. As with Binge On, video will be streamed at DVD (480p) quality. Note that Data Maximizer doesn’t include unlimited free streaming like Binge On. Data Maximizer is included on all data plans.

In addition to gaining Music Unlimited and Data Maximizer, MetroPCS is also getting some tweaked rate plans. The $40 single line plan will include 3GB of high-speed data (up from 2GB), while the $50 single line plan is getting bumped to 5GB (up from 4GB). Meanwhile, Metro’s unlimited plan is getting an increased mobile hotspot allotment, going from 6GB per month to 8GB.

Here’s how the new single line plans break down:

  • $30 per month for unlimited talk, text and data with 1GB 4G LTE data, Data Maximizer
  • $40 per month for unlimited talk, text and data with 3GB 4G LTE data, Music Unlimited and Data Maximizer
  • $50 per month for unlimited talk, text and data with 5GB 4G LTE data, Music Unlimited and Data Maximizer
  • $60 per month for unlimited talk, text and high-speed data, 5GB 4G LTE data, Music Unlimited and Data Maximizer, 8GB of 4G LTE mobile hotspot

And here’s how the new family plans look:

  • $25 per month for unlimited talk, text, and data with 1GB of 4G LTE data for each line, Data Maximizer
  • $35 per month for unlimited talk, text, and data with 3GB of 4G LTE data for each line, Music Unlimited, Data Maximizer
  • $45 per month for unlimited talk, text, and data with 5GB of 4G LTE data for each line, Music Unlimited, Data Maximizer
  • $55 per month for unlimited talk, text, and 4G LTE data on your smartphone and 8GB of mobile hotspot for each line, Music Unlimited, Data Maximizer

These are big additions for MetroPCS. Music Unlimited appears to be just like T-Mobile’s Music Freedom, which means Metro customers will be able to stream as many tunes as they’d like. Lots of folks today use streaming as their main source of music, so the addition of Music Unlimited is sure to make some Metro users happy. Meanwhile, Data Maximizer can help save you some data to watch even more video than normal. And then there are the new plans, many of which offer more LTE data each month. And I think we can agree that more LTE data is a good thing.

Music Unlimited, Data Maximizer, and the new rate plans will all be available starting November 19.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • Finally, some prepaid love! ♥

    Now if only MetroPCS would do away with the need for the IMEI to enable phones on its network, as if it still were a CDMA carrier. And, last but not least, allow hotspot on BYOD phones too.

    • walt

      they do allow hotspot on BYOD. im using an iphone and it works fine for me. what phone are you using?

  • Acdc1a

    More proof that Binge on is less of a benefit and more of a network management tool. The fact that it benefits the subscribers is great though…

  • Mike

    Good news. When I signed up with CDMA MetroPCS 4.5 years ago, I was getting 2.5 GB of spotty LTE data and unlimited talk/text for $45 and I thought it was a good value, even with Metro’s network shortcomings.

    Now, without paying any more, I’m getting twice the data on a very reliable network that allows me to buy and use my own higher-end GSM phones.

    I occasionally butt up against my current data limits streaming video and Google Play Music at max quality. This should help. Does anyone know if the “optimized” video quality will be noticeable on a Nexus 5 screen?

    And does the new $25 family rate apply to BYOD plans? My wife never uses even a gig of her current 2 GB a month. It would be great to save a little money.

    I’d still like T-Mobile’s free Canadian roaming, since I live near the US-Canada border and cross occasionally. I am surprised Metro hasn’t matched Cricket on that yet. But this will do.

    • guest

      The new $30/$25 plan will allow BYOD.

      • Mike

        Thanks. So I should be able to change my wife to the cheaper plan by going into our account settings online?

        • guest

          Wait for the 19th, that’s when the new/updated plans begin.

  • guest

    Overall I think people are gonna consume more data and the network will
    be more congested. People are already checking what pron services are
    working with Binge On.

    What they should’ve done is provide the
    option of optimization with options of different video qualities (360p,
    480p, 720p, 1080p). And instead of ‘watch all you want, but at 480p’
    they should’ve give us more Gigs of data.

    Different video qualities would’ve being awesome, I don’t like when my phone tries to go HD and then stops for buffering.

    Just a thought.

    • taron19119

      This will make the network lest congested because its at a lest quality

      • guest

        But they’ll watch more videos because now they don’t have to worry about data limits, and many people who didn’t watch videos before now will.

        That’s what I think, but I may be wrong.

        • taron19119

          But you’re missing one key factor the video will be at a lesser quality which means less date will be used

        • guest

          I understand that the videos are “optimized” and run at 480p. What I’m saying is more videos will be watched, not 3 times more, but probably 10 times more or so.

  • kev2684

    $60 per month for unlimited talk, text and high-speed data, 5GB 4G LTE data, Music Unlimited and Data Maximizer, 8GB of 4G LTE mobile hotspot

    if it has unlimited high-speed data, what’s 5GB 4G LTE data for? or is the high-speed data is throttled to HSPA+? is it a typo because the family plan looks like it has unlimited 4G LTE all the way.

    • taron19119

      Because it high speed of 5 gigabytes after that they slow it down

    • Drewski

      Its a typo.

    • guest

      TmoNews is conducting an experiment to see how many people will find how many typos and errors in their news articles.

  • Drewski

    Alex Wagner, you have a mistypo on the 60 dollar Truly Unlimited High Speed data plan. The 5gb is really supposed to be Unlimited High Speed Data. Correction please. Thanks.

    • doubleatheman

      At first when reading this I thought Metro was removing Unlimited Data, in favor of unlimited “binge on” and music freedom…. but its just a typo…. If I ever get booted off my friends family plan ($20 for 10GB) Ill hop back to metro $60 for unlimited!!)

      • Drew

        Hey actually MetroPCS current plans will not only come with extra added features( but MetroPCS for new individual single line customers will see a 5 dollar increase on their monthly plans. the 30 dollar plan goes up to being 35, the 40 will go up to being 45, the 50 will go up to being 55 and the 60 truly unlimited high speed data plan will go up to being 65 every single month), they will also pay an extra 5 dollar every single month, which will all begin on the 19th of this week coming up.

        • Drew

          Correction: Mistypo here. lol:

          will also have an extra 5 dollar monthly increase within all current pricing plans on an every single monthly bases, which will all start to begin on the 19th of this week coming up*

  • Erick121

    Why is YouTube included for metro pcs but not tmobile

    • Acdc1a

      Because you still use data at Metro.

    • Drewski

      No that is incorrect. Youtube will also be included in there as well. Look at tmobile newsroom please.

  • John Brown

    I’d like to see an increase in throttled speeds. I can’t understand why we still throttle down to near dial up 2G speeds when we now have LTE technology. Can’t t-mobile throttle to 1mbps or so (3g speeds) without overtaxing the network on LTE devices and roll back HSPA devices to 2G? That would be a huge uncarrier move.

    • Acdc1a

      Simple John, to move you to the next plan. If you had legit 3G speeds, there would be little incentive to buy more data.

    • AJ2

      The same reason Apple didn’t create a basic unit with 32gb of storage. To make money. Once you’re throttled, your phone basically becomes a brick

  • Walt

    My hotspot works fine on my iphone 6s but im not able to make wifi calls or volte calls. Can you do either?

    • Neither phone supports WiFi or volte calls.

  • kgraham182

    This may of changed but the $30 plan is only for select garbage phones.

    • Acdc1a

      New plan is eligible for all phones.

  • kgraham182

    There’s no credit check w/ MetroPCS, so you can’t blame Experian on this one. Brah John you needs to tighten up your security. Cam wrote an article way back, T-Mobile and it’s MVNO are #1 in law enforcement requests. T-Mobile the wireless provider for halfway crooks.

    • guest

      Either you are making many logical errors or you’re being biased.

      I can only agree with one thing T-Mobile needs to care more about security.

      And privacy, I add.

      • kgraham182

        You can’t argue facts, T-Mobile is the leader in law enforcement request despite having less customers than AT&T/Verizon. Travel to a high crime area and ask the people their choice of wireless carrier. If you don’t believe me, do you trust Alex will tell the truth?

        • guest

          And why do you think more crooks choose T-Mobile and MetroPCS compared to Verizon and AT&T?

        • kgraham182

          I don’t know the exact answer but I would assume its cause they have the fastest 4GLTE network. If you’re doing business on a cellphone, you’ll pick one w/ decent coverage and affordable rates. Watching Rick Ross’s 9 Piece video I notice he had a T-Mobile phone and he talked about doing business on it.
          “I’m smoking dope, I’m on my cell phone
          I’m selling dope, straight off the iPhone
          He wanna quote, he talking nine zones
          He bought four, I front him five more”

        • guest

          I think it’s more the affordability aspect.

          But, what should T-Mobile do for you not to call it ‘the wireless provider of halfway crooks’ then?

        • kgraham182

          I’m only joking about the crooks comment, but T-Mobile not caring about their customers credit info may cause some of them to switch to Sprint’s Boost and Virgin. I don’t understand how a prepaid carrier that doesn’t do credit checks manage to be careless with their payment system. To get a bit back on topic new customers looking at getting an unlimited plan w/ T-Mobile should give MetroPCS a shot. There $60 unlimited plan w/ 8GB of tethering is very competitive compare to the $95 plan w/ 14GB of tethering from T-Mobile.

        • guest

          What payment system? I have not heard of any payment system breach.

        • The Experian scandal affected people on “postpaid” plans.

        • guest

          I was wrong, kgraham182 was right, in the case of MetroPCS the “researchers recently discovered a bug with the payment page
          on MetroPCS’s website that could expose a customer’s home address,
          phone model and serial number, and more, all by knowing (or guessing)
          your phone number.”

          So it is part of the payment system, I guess.

          But the Experian’s breach was Experian’s fault entirely.

      • kgraham182
  • Trevnerdio

    Seems the lines are blurring…Metro is just going to turn into T-Mobile soon. I know that’s the plan, but it seems they’re on the verge of it already.

    • gmo8492

      Not really, T-Mobile needs to let Metro PCS be the discount brand to attract more customers from prepaid side. These features are an added bonus without the price increase T-Mobile is doing on their end. People usually go with Metro for different reasons, but mainly to get away from the hassle of dealing with credit checks and the lower costs associated with their service.

      • Drew

        Actually starting on the 19th of this week is when their new pricing plans for individuals single line customers thats going to be a newcomer to MetroPCS will see a 5 dollar increase on their monthly plans.

      • Trevnerdio

        That’s very true. I was getting “Metro network shutdown” confused with a total shutdown of Metro. But I see now that they’ve all but turned off the Metro network already and those customers are just using T-Mobile.

  • steveb944

    They are going to make a killing with this.

  • guest

    I may move to Metro, but I have a question.

    What is the best way to make a payment with Metro, refill cards or cash? I don’t want to use my debit card or bank account number. I heard that at the store they charge a fee.

    • Refill cards require you to purchase them from participating retailers and convenience stores. That’s what I do with T-Mobile.

      • guest

        I used T-Mobile refill cards before, I just called the number and enter the PIN. I guess it’s the same.

    • kgraham182

      If you pay online, they don’t charge a fee. Also all taxes and fees are including, so there’s no guessing what your payment will be.

      • Guest just said that he doesn’t want to use his debit cards or bank account information to refill his MetroPCS account.

    • AJ2

      You might wanna check Straight Talk Bring Your Own Phone if you have a GSM device. An ATT Sim, $45 gets you 5gb of LTE and speeds aren’t capped at 8mbps like most other prepaids or MVNO carriers. I just refill on the website with my credit card. No fees. You can usually find a promo code for a 99 cent Sim to try it out

    • JLV90

      Refill cards, authorized retailers charge a payment fee. Official stores do not, finding an official store is a little harder though.

      • guest

        Thanks.

    • WestSiide

      I make my payments on the website for free.

    • Luna La Traviesa

      I get a MetroPCS prepaid card any time when I’m shopping at Walmart and just load it using the mymetro app, the money stays there so at the end of the cycle it pays automatically, no worries and no in the store fees

  • Tmo1082

    I don’t get why T-Mobile has Metro PCS brand. metro PCS is just as well know as T-Mobile, runs on the same net work, and has plans up to $35 cheaper than T-Mobile that includes tax. Metro pcs is getting the better end of the deal from the merger.
    If you can get approved for $0 down with T-Mobile you can get approved for a credit card with no interest payments for 18 months. There is really nothing that makes T-Mobile better than metro pcs for good credit people. The only bad thing is going into a metro pcs store the customer service is never great and the stores are cheap looking.

    • Acdc1a

      The vast majority of the public still has no idea that Metro PCS is owned by T-Mobile and Cricket is owned by AT&T. Separate businesses designed not to cannibalize the post-paid brand name.

      • AJ2

        True.. This is done all the time by companies in a variety of industries . But these prepaids don’t offer the same speeds. Read the fine print. Both Metro & Cricket cap speeds at 8mbps, which isn’t the case with Tmobile or ATT postpaid plans. So even though Metro uses the Tmobile network, your experience will be very different. Postpaid customers also get priority.

        • Drew

          Bro what the heck are you talking about? MetroPCS uses the same speeds just like T-Mobile does. Try again buddy. AT&Ts Cricket is the one that limits Crickets LTE speeds to being 8Mbps.

        • Actually, while MetroPCS does not throttle the speed in any of its plans, T-Mobile caps the speed in its Simply Prepaid plans.

        • Drew

          Yes I know that part Bro. Simply prepaid has limited data usages, while all of those other pricing plans are no strings attached type of plans. Well Simply Prepaid is now able to get Music Freedom and all of that good stuff now, Bro.

        • Drew

          And of course Simply prepaid caps their speeds. Thanks for reminding me. Almost forgot about that part. Hahaha

        • Mike

          Wrong. on Metro, you are second tier on the towers but speeds are not capped. I have pulled down over 100 mbps with low latency several times when there was not congestion.

        • Luna La Traviesa

          Not true, I own a cricket wireless SIMcard (Nexus6) and a MetroPCS SIMcard (HTC ONE M8) and I pull down over 40 megabytes per second with the MetroPCS SIMcard,
          and 8 megabytes per second with my Nexus 6 on Cricket Wireless
          I use my HTC one M8 as a android smart box streaming full time to my TV via MHL so is always connected to my TV,
          and the nexus is my personal phone because I get signal in my job place (LTE) where I don’t get any with T-Mobile/MetroPCS,
          Besides my job place I get really good coverage in the Sacramento Ca area

    • AJ2

      MetroPCS caps speeds at 8mbps. (and youre deprioritized compared to Tmobile postpaid customers in congested areas) The question is what is the difference then between Tmobile Prepaid Plans & MetroPCS prepaid. Metro definitely has a poorer reputation and public image

      • No, MetroPCS runs at full LTE speed, unlike T-mobile’s own Simply Prepaid plans. And, though indeed at a lower priority, this is only an issue in congested towers, when even T-mobile users would experience poor service.

      • Drew

        No thats a lie. MetroPCS is not limited at 8Mbps speeds. You might want to try that one again.

      • Walt

        What are you talking about caps at 8mbps? I have metro and i pull over 100 mbps easily. Im on the $60 plan and have used over 30gb this month. Please share where you found your info because it’s not true!

      • JLV90

        No they don’t

      • gmo8492

        They only do that with “simply prepaid” which is a bastardized version of T-Mobile’s regular prepaid plans. Metro LTE data speeds have never been capped at 8mbps, the only other competitor I can think of that caps their speeds is Cricket. So I don’t know who keeps spreading this lie since this is the third person I see claiming this.

      • WestSiide

        I have a metro pcs lg stylo that I got while they were running the unlimited data plan for $50. My speed tests are usually in the 20mbps down and 10 up.

        They do not cap data speeds.

      • John

        8mbps is wrong. Ive had download speeds of 78mbps on the speedtest app and average around 32mbps. And that’s after using 200+ gigs of lte that month. I’ve never actually seen it below 12mbps

    • Mike

      MetroPCS is designed to compete with Cricket, Virgin, Boost, etc., in the prepaid space. Unlike some, I don’t think Tmo is going to kill the brand anytime soon. I’ve seen MetroPCS stores in a lot of cities where it didn’t have native coverage when it was a CDMA carrier.

      If you are in a good Tmo area, it offers an exceptional value. I rarely have throttled speeds.

    • Drew

      Not necesarily true. You are unable to get mobile without borders nor are we able to roam in other countries at free of charge also.

      • That’s the beauty of T-Mobile and MetroPCS! A few weeks before I’m going to travel abroad, I transfer the MetroPCS number to T-Mobile. Then, after a few weeks at home, I transfer the number back to MetroPCS. No contracts, no strings attached, maximum convenience, minimum cost.

    • Demoncat

      It’s called Price Discrimination.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Price_discrimination

      A good example is a hotdog stand in the middle of manhatten with multi millionaires, they charge 7 dollars for hotdogs because the millionaires can afford it. But, they will offer coupons out so the janitors can buy it too, in the end they still make profit from both but it gives opportunity to gouge prices.

  • WestSiide

    Might be your apn settings.