MetroPCS is owned by T-Mobile and offers prepaid, no-contract plans on its parent network. But MetroPCS also offers family plans, a feature not available with T-Mobile’s prepaid cell phone plans.
AT A Glance
- Plans start at $30 for 2GB
- Notables: Inexpensive plans; data may be slowed to serve T-Mobile customers
MetroPCS cell phone plans
MetroPCS keeps its plans simple. The carrier gives customers a handful of options, including two unlimited data plans.
- 2GB: $30
- 5GB: $40
- Unlimited: $50
- Unlimited + hot spot: $60
The 5GB plan includes unlimited music streaming from select services. Mobile hot spot access is included with every plan except the $50 unlimited data plan.
MetroPCS is also one of the few prepaid carriers that offers family plans. It gives a $10, $20 or $30 discount for each additional line, depending on the plan. You can have up to five lines on one account.
MetroPCS customers use T-Mobile’s nationwide network. But the self-proclaimed “un-carrier” prioritizes the data usage of customers signed up with T-Mobile over that of MetroPCS customers. That means MetroPCS users likely will have slower data speeds.
How MetroPCS compares on price
1GB or less 2-4GB 5-7GB 8-10GB Unlimited
*Republic Wireless customers pay $15 for unlimited talk and text. Data is billed at a rate of $5 per gigabyte.
$35 (talk and text only) $45 (6GB) $65
$35 (3GB) $50
$25 (talk and text only)
$30 (2GB) $40 (5GB) $60
$30 (2GB) $40 (5GB) $50
$15 (talk, text and Wi-Fi)
Sprint prepaid $45 (4GB) $65
Straight Talk Wireless $30 (1,500 minutes, unlimited texts and 100MB data) $35 (2GB) $45 (10GB) $55
$45 (4GB) $55 (6GB) $75
$30 (talk and text only) $40 (3GB) $50 (7GB) $60 (10GB) $80
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Updated November 8, 2017.