MetroPCS raises price of unlimited LTE data to $70 per month, starts throttling data hogs

MetroPCS raises price of unlimited LTE data to $70 per month, starts throttling data hogs
What has gotten into pre-paid carriers lately? Some of then are beginning to think that they are one of the major mobile carriers in the States. Just the other day we told you that the middle-aged HTC EVO 3D is rumored to be getting a new home at Virgin Mobile and we can tell you that the phone is no invalid. Now, MetroPCS wants to throttle its data hogs just like the big boys do.

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.

The lower-end of MetroPCS' monthly LTE plans

The lower-end of MetroPCS' monthly LTE plans

Crowell says that customers can 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
 
The high-end monthly LTE plans for MetroPCS
The high-end monthly LTE plans for MetroPCS

The high-end monthly LTE plans for MetroPCS


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17 Comments

1. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

If you experience 3g speeds then its not true unlimited 4g as the advertisement states... Lawsuit. Unlimited Data = Proper advertising.

6. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

That's only if you go over your cap. Not for unlimited,

2. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Good bye unlimited data. Every company is throttling and limiting data use.

4. shadowcell

Posts: 300; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

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)

13. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Verizon does throttle

16. iirundis05

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 05, 2012

Verizon doesn't currently throttle its 4G customers only 3G. Iv'e never noticed it on either and I use large amounts of data... because I tether.

7. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Sprint is unlimited and no throttling.

14. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Sprint throttles as well.

15. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

proof or GTFO

3. Jeromeo

Posts: 135; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

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.

12. jogutier

Posts: 324; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Wow, no upgrade their. lol

5. JeffdaBeat unregistered

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.

10. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Great analogy!!!

8. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Why switch from T-Mobile to a smaller carrier MetroPCS? AT&T and Verizon is a little higher price plans but it is covered the whole USA while MetroPCS covered above half of the USA. It is all about money.

9. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

At least they still offer unlimited to new users. After them and Sprint in the U.S...who else is there?

11. joey18

Posts: 651; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

Thast funny metro go only 2g they say 4g for only 70 at month i'm stay w verizon

18. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Soon enough everyone is going to go back to a dumbphone, especially if they keep increasing price of data.

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