About a week ago I walked into a MetroPCS store, slid a new sim card into my iPhone 5s, handed the agent $60 and walked out with the exact same service I had been using before at a little more than half the price. I have to admit I was a little nervous about the quality of the service and whether or not drop calls or LTE speeds would be an issue but I haven’t had any issues with either. In fact I’ve been incredibly happy with the service so far.
T-Mobile actually owns MetroPCS so if you have a T-Mobile compatible phone it will work on the MetroPCS network. The $60 plan I chose is the highest plan they offer. It’s unlimited talk, text and LTE data. Oh, and the $60 includes the taxes and regulatory fees so there aren’t any hidden fees. It’s $60, period. There’s also a $40 and $50 plan available if you’re not a heavy data user. The $50 level includes 2.5GB of LTE speed data and after that your speeds could be slowed down a bit.
The downside to services like MetroPCS and other MVNOs is that you either have to bring your own device (BYOD) or if you are able to buy it from the company, and you want a high-end phone like a Galaxy or iPhone, you’re going to be paying full price for them. MetroPCS does have some cheap deals on some lower end Android devices which are likely adequate for a fairly large share of the market.
The bottom line is, if you have the means to just outright buy the phone you want up front without having to rely on your mobile company to subsidize by locking you into a two-year contract then you should really be checking out other alternatives to the “big four”. Each carrier has MVNOs that “lease” space on their network so find out which of the big four carriers has the best coverage in your area and then do some research on which MVNO is right for you and enjoy your monthly savings and the freedom to switch phones/contracts or whatever anytime you like.