By Joe Paonessa Oct 20, 2016
T-Mobile prepaid brand MetroPCS has launched a limited time promotion, offering more data on one of its cell phone plans.
MetroPCS's $50 plan will now come with 8 GB of 4 G LTE data instead of the 5 GB that it normally comes with. The plan also includes unlimited talk, text and data with data speeds throttled to 128 kbps once the plans high speed data allotment is used up. "Data Maximizer" is also included as is mobile hotspot. With Data Maximizer, MetroPCS claims that customers can allow their high speed data to last up to 3x longer by reducing the resolution of video streams to 480p.
MetroPCS plans costing $40 or more such as this one also include "Music Unlimited." Music Unlimited allows a customers high speed data to last longer by not having streaming music count against their high speed data cap as long as it is streamed from one of over 40 service partners such as Pandora, iHeartRadio and Apple Music.
Additional lines can be added to this plan at a price of $30 per line so a family of 4 would pay $140 for this plan. All taxes and fees are included in the price.
In addition to this promotion, MetroPCS is also giving away the Samsung Galaxy On5 when you switch to the carrier with a number port-in. The phone will be free through a $59 instant switcher rebate (for switching to the carrier) and a $70 instant rebate off of the price of the phone.
The Samsung Galaxy On5 features the following:
Samsung Galaxy On5 Specifications:
- 5" 720p 288 ppi display
- 1.3 GHz Quad-core Exynos processor
- 8 GB of internal storage expandable with a microSD card
- 1.5 GB of RAM
- 8 MP main camera with a 5 MP selfie camera
- 2600 mAh battery
This plan seems like it could be in response to Verizon's latest offering which is for a Verizon Prepaid plan that includes 5 GB of data for $50 with unlimited talk and text. MetroPCS can't really compete with Verizon in terms of coverage so their plans typically include more data and other perks that Verizon does not offer such as is the case here.
Those who need a family plan may find T-Mobile's latest promotion of 4 lines for $35 each to be more compelling as that promotion includes unlimited 4 G LTE data on each line.
If you need a single line, Walmart Family Mobile may be a better option for you at this price point as Walmart Family Mobile offers 10 GB of 4G LTE data for $49.88 and the plan also comes with one free movie rental every month from the streaming service VUDU.