MetroPCS raises price of unlimited LTE data to $70 per month, starts throttling data hogs
posted by Alan F. / Apr 03, 2012, 3:26 PM
MetroPCS has raised the price of its unlimited LTE plan to $70 per month, a gain of $10. That includes unlimited use of its MetroSTUDIO on-demand video service. For $60 a month, your LTE data is capped at 5GB per month although you get Rhapsody unlimited music. There are also monthly plans at $50 and $40 that limit your monthly LTE data to 2.5GB and 250MB respectively. Go over the cap and you will be throttled! When throttled, "Customers will remain on the 4G LTE network but receive a reduced speed similar to what they might experience on MetroPCS' 3G networks," said MetroPCS spokesman Drew Crowell.
move up to a higher tiered plan at anytime. He also noted that before throttling, if a customer exceeded his monthly cap on streaming media, the content would no longer be available. Throttling 'data hogs' instead allows customers to stop distinguishing between viewing streaming media or watching a web page. MetroPCS says it has LTE service available in 14 core markets and while its LTE pipeline moves slower than the service offered by Verizon or AT&T, it still beats the old 1XRTT CDMA service the pre-paid carrier used to have, Some of Metro's markets now use the CDMA EV-DO network.
Most of the pre-paid carrier's LTE customers are signing up for the $50 and $60 monthly LTE plans. Since turning the switch on its LTE network in September 2010, MetroPCS has 500,000 customers using the technology. Before the price hike, the $60 per month unlimited customers were using an average of 2GB to 2.5GB per month while those on the $50 plan were consuming on average 1GB of data monthly.
source: MetroPCS via FierceWireless
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If you experience 3g speeds then its not true unlimited 4g as the advertisement states... Lawsuit. Unlimited Data = Proper advertising.
posted on Apr 03, 2012, 3:36 PM 2
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Good bye unlimited data. Every company is throttling and limiting data use.
posted on Apr 03, 2012, 3:49 PM 0
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Not Verizon's grandfathered unlimited plans. 3G yes but not 4G. Download to your heart's content. That is if you indeed have an old unlimited data plan.....(o____o)
posted on Apr 03, 2012, 4:05 PM 0
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Sprint is unlimited and no throttling.
posted on Apr 03, 2012, 4:52 PM 2
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My best friend from Berlin told me that MetroPCS also got rid of the $10 international calling plan as well. She's switching back* to T-Mobile today. Unfortunately, she can't get back* her unlimited loyalty minutes, she can't get back* her $4.99 grandfathered unlimited data, but she can get back* not-an-absolute-joke data speeds.
posted on Apr 03, 2012, 3:56 PM 0
At this point, I think if you're going to throttle data dramatically then just do tiered pricing and get it over with. I'm tired of companies throwing around this "Unlimited" crap and then your data speeds drop so much that you might as well not use your phone. That's like saying, you can eat all you want...but after two hamburgers, we are going to give you one french fry every 30 minutes. Then what I'm really paying for is two hamburgers.
posted on Apr 03, 2012, 4:29 PM 3
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