$30 Unlimited Data plan offered by MetroPCS comes with a major catch

Pre-paid carrier MetroPCS announced today a new $30 a month plan that offers unlimited talk, unlimited text and unlimited data. However, there are some caveats. The first 1GB of data used is available at 4G speeds. Once you exceed that amount, your data is sent to you at "average MetroPCS network speeds for the rest of the billing cycle." You can be darn tootin' that this means a data speed slower than 4G.

Additionally, the phone that you are using for this plan has to be one purchased directly from MetroPCS or an authorized dealer. The device has to be GSM compatible and support 3G or 4G speeds. Phones with 4G LTE connectivity are not acceptable. The handsets offered by MetroPCS that will work with the plan include the LG Optimus F60 ($49), Samsung Galaxy Light ($49), ZTE Zmax ($99) and the Samsung Galaxy S5 ($589). Remember, no two-year contract means no subsidized handset.

Keep in mind that this is not a permanent offer, although once you sign up you will get to keep the plan until you change to a new one. If you don't use more than 1GB of data each month (perhaps you are very astute about the use of Wi-Fi) or you don't care how fast your data travels, this plan might be appealing to you. The $30 a month plan is available only at MetroPCS locations and cannot be purchased online.

source: MetroPCS via CNET



1. Derekjeter

Posts: 1515; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

The catch is you will never have coverage.

5. phonton

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

Nice catch!

8. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I had great coverage with T-Mobile. I think you're getting them confused with Sprint. On Sprint I was on roaming inside Disneyland, I had one bar of 3G in Waikiki and spotty LTE all over Seattle. In all situations my work T-Mobile phone had perfect LTE coverage...

9. andynaija

Posts: 1261; Member since: Sep 08, 2012


10. andynaija

Posts: 1261; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Derek you always seem to have something negative to say about MetroPCS EVERYTIME an article comes up, are you jelly bro?

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Pretty sure he's not if he has Verizon.

13. Derekjeter

Posts: 1515; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

+1 Papa

12. Derekjeter

Posts: 1515; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Me jelly? I have the best coverage in the US.....KING VERIZON!! My company does business with Metro and Tmobile, if i could tell you what Metro does to its customers behind the scenes, you wouldn't be defending them.

22. andynaija

Posts: 1261; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

I'd like for you to enlighten us on what it is that is done behind the scenes, if you can't, then above statement is invalid.

19. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Yep, rather pay that extra $5 a month for Cricket with bigger coverage and more high speed, 2.5gb vs. 1gb, and a greater phone selection too.

2. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

It should be illegal to call it "unlimited" data when it is severely throttled after 1GB or 2GB, etc. It's not 2004. 2G "unlimited" data is basically useless in 2015. This plan is a waste. 1GB isn't enough for most people with a modern smartphone. Not to mention @Derekjeter is right, their coverage is an absolute joke.

3. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Is it still an all you can eat buffet if they change to smaller plates after a certain point?

21. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Apples and oranges (no pun intended). Data is not a limited resource. Food is. If data wasn't, there would NEVER be a such thing as an unlimited plan in the first place. You must be a shareholder of at least one of the telecoms. Guess those 5+% dividends aren't generous enough.

6. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

agreed, throttling needs to go!

17. ShadowHammer

Posts: 207; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

While blanket statements about a network's coverage are fun sound bites, they aren't particularly helpful or necessarily accurate. What cities/areas did you experience this horrible coverage in? When? What phone did you have? Etc, etc. Agreed on the data throttle thing. Although, I use WiFi for my heavy data, so 1 GB on-network works fine for my situation. I also appreciate that they don't charge any overage fees.

4. phonton

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

Cricket wireless gives 2.5 GB of 4G data (max tpt at 8 Mbps and 128 kbps post allocation) in addition to unlimited talk and text as well, for $35 (w/ autopay). Better coverage and BYOD. Definitely better than the $30 MPCS deal.

7. bagsofcole

Posts: 30; Member since: May 19, 2009

Metro was purchased by TMO and the caveat that they have to be on a GSM phone means TMO'S network. Not that bad, not Big Red, but better coverage than Metro's CDMA network. Not for me, but maybe my kids.

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