Metro Buyer’s Guide

All the important things you need to know about Metro, updated for August 2019.

It might surprise some of you to know that companies like Boost Mobile and Cricket Wireless operate on the Sprint and AT&T networks, respectively. These network operators license the towers and coverage from the tier-one providers and offer their own phones, rate plans, and customer service.

Let’s take a look at another, similar situation. Metro, formerly known as MetroPCS, is a prepaid brand that uses T-Mobile’s network for coverage.

About Metro and its network

Founded in 1994, the carrier ultimately merged with T-Mobile in 2013 and became one of the first companies to offer unlimited data plans. Although it was first established as General Wireless, it later changed to MetroPCS; in late 2018 it was changed again to Metro by T-Mobile.

What are Metro Rate Plans?

Things are pretty simple when it comes to rate plans at Metro. Customers choose from four options with prices starting at $30 per month. Taxes and fees are included so the monthly bill is nice and flat.

  • $30 – Unlimited talk, text, and 2GB high-speed data
  • $40 – Unlimited talk, text, and 10GB high-speed data (with unlimited music streaming)
  • $50 – Unlimited talk, text, and unlimited high-speed data (with 5GB hotspot and 100GB Google One)
  • $60 – Unlimited talk, text, and unlimited high-speed data (with 15GB hotspot, 100GB Google One, and Amazon Prime)

What about multiple lines?

Metro’s multiple line plans are rather straightforward, too. It’s as easy as picking the starting plan and adding the number of lines. There are discounts applied for each additional phone number, with them priced around $30 a piece, on average.

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Are there any special deals at Metro?

For a limited time, customers who port two phone numbers to Metro can sign up for the Unlimited Plan for $80, saving $10 per month. Included with the deal are 15GB hotspot, 100GB Google One, and Amazon Prime. If you’re already paying for either of those, it’s even better savings.


Customers who switch from another carrier can receive free Samsung Galaxy A20phones. It’s a limited time, in-store rebate of about $240 with a limit of two per household or account.

Another promotion available for a short time sees subscribers getting up to four lines for $100 per month.

How is Metro’s phone selection?

Metro offers a decent array of phones, from very basic from brands you might not be familiar with, up to current flagships. Interestingly enough, there’s a decent selection at the upper end, particularly around the Samsung Galaxy S10 line and iPhones.

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Where can I buy an unlocked phone?

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Can I use my own phone with Metro?

Do you already have a phone or possibly looking to buy an unlocked device for use on Metro? If the equipment is GSM unlocked, or previously used on T-Mobile you can order a SIM card if you wish to bring your own device. Check to see if your phone is compatible.

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