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
- 10GB: $40
- Unlimited: $50 (includes 5GB mobile hot spot data)
- Unlimited: $60 (includes 15GB mobile hot spot data, Amazon Prime)
The 10GB plan includes unlimited music streaming from select services, but does not include mobile hot spot access. Amazon Prime membership included in the $60 unlimited plan is for new Prime subscribers.
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
*Project Fi customers pay $20 for unlimited talk and text. Data is billed at a rate of $10 per gigabyte.
**Republic Wireless customers pay $15 for unlimited talk and text. Data is billed at a rate of $5 per gigabyte.
$35 (1GB) $50 (8GB) $65
$35 (3GB) $50
$25 (talk and text only)
$30 (2GB) $40 (5GB) $55
$30 (2GB) $40 (10GB) $50
$20 (talk, text and Wi-Fi)
$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) $50 (10GB) $60
$30 (500MB) $40 (3GB) $50 (8GB) $70
$35 (5GB) $45 (10GB) $60
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