How many people do you know who gripe about their cellphone contract? 6? 12? 20? More? If you are like most, everyone seems to be upset about being locked into a two-year deal and not able to get the newest gear they’d prefer to be using.
MetroPCS rocks the market with $40 “all-in” plans
Now with MetroPCS, that’s all a thing of the past. With their simple to understand plans you can get unlimited data, text and talk for just $40 per month. Not $40 plus a slew of taxes and fees. $40 FLAT.
Bring your own phone and they’ll set you up in minutes. If you need a new phone, they’ve got a corral full of the latest and greatest phones to choose from. For the past couple months I’ve been using their Samsung Galaxy S4 Android and their Nokia Lumia 521 Windows8 phones.
Actually my wife has been using the Lumia 521 and likes the compactness of the phone. A great deal for only $99 plus tax and fees, it features a 1GHz dual-core processor behind its 4-inch screen.
I, on the other hand, don’t mind the larger form factor for the Samsung S4, and absolutely love the big 5” screen and great photo and video capabilities. Powered by a 1.9 GHz quad-core processor, this thing really smokes. You’ll also love the 13MP rear camera and the 2MP front camera. You can even shoot with both at once. [see video]
I used to carry my Nexus 7 tablet for surfing the web and watching videos, but it’s been gathering dust since I started using the S4. It’s really an amazing piece of equipment, with enough features, bells and whistles, I dare anyone to use them all within the first three months you have the phone. (The manual is 147 pages thick.)
So what can you expect?
Back in July, MetroPCS doubled its network by adding 15 new markets:
- Baltimore, MD
- Birmingham, Ala.
- Cleveland and Akron, Ohio
- Corpus Christi, Texas
- Fresno, Calif.
- Houston, Texas
- Memphis, Tenn.
- New Orleans, LA
- Rio Grande Valley, Texas
- San Antonio and Austin, Texas
- San Diego, Calif.
- Seattle and Tacoma, Wash.
- Tallahassee, Fla.
- Toledo and Sandusky, Ohio
- Washington, DC
They are now the number one “no-annual contract” wireless carrier in the majority of the markets served with their simple, no fine-print deals. While $40 will get you unlimited 3G data, text and talk each month, they also offer two other plans for those who want the higher 4G and 4G LTE speeds. For $50, you’ll get up to 2.5GB of 4G speed data before being throttled back to 3G speed for the balance of the month. For $60, you’ll have unlimited 4G and 4G LTE speeds where available.
I’ve been using the $40 plan and had no complaints with data speed, but if you are a big video fan, you might want to consider the $60 plan. The nice thing with MetroPCS is that you can switch in and out of plans at will. Remember, there’s no contract. Sign up for the better plan while you’re traveling for example and then cut back to the cheaper plan when you are at home.
Coverage is best in the metro areas and I’ve had seemingly just as good coverage around Cleveland as offered by AT&T or Verizon. Get out of the city and into some remote areas and you might have some issues. Best to check their coverage map if you do a lot of back woods travel.
Mass exodus to MetroPCS
With a great many people lobbying for no-contract deals on their phone, maybe eventually every phone company will offer such a plan. (Seriously, I doubt it.) But in the meantime, enjoy the fact that you can get a great phone, and a great deal from MetroPCS – the new force to be reckoned with in the smartphone space.
For more information, visit:
Details on rate plans and service features: www.metropcs.com/plans
Locate a store: www.metropcs.com/storelocator
MetroPCS Terms and Conditions of Service: http://www.metropcs.com/metro/tac/termsAndConditions.jsp?terms=Terms%20and%20Conditions%20of%20Service
Follow MetroPCS on Twitter: www.twitter.com/metropcs
Become a fan of MetroPCS on Facebook: www.facebook.com/metropcs
View MetroPCS’ latest videos: www.YouTube.com/metropcs
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