Everything you need to know about Metro by T-Mobile’s plans


Oct 23, 2020 — 4 min read

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  • Metro by T-Mobile offers four prepaid mobile plans, ranging from 2GB to unlimited data per month
  • Prices range from $30 to $60/mo.
  • Accounts with four or more lines will see serious savings on the highest-tier plan (you’ll pay $120/mo. for four lines on the $60 Unlimited Plan)
  • Certain plans include extra perks like Google One storage and Amazon Prime membership

Metro by T-Mobile (formerly MetroPCS) has a competitive offering that’s worth considering if you’re looking for a prepaid, no-contract plan. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or the entire family, Metro by T-Mobile plans are straightforward and well-suited to fit your needs.

On top of unlimited talk and text, here’s what you’ll get with each of the four Metro by T-Mobile plans (prices apply to a single line only):

  • $30/mo. for 2GB data
  • $40/mo. for 10GB data
  • $50/mo. for unlimited data
  • $60/mo. for unlimited data (including Amazon Prime)

We wouldn’t recommend the 2GB plan unless you’re very budget-conscious and don’t use much data — especially considering you can get five times more data for $10 more per month. At $40/mo., the 10GB plan is a good option if you want a bit more monthly data but can rely on Wi-Fi while you’re at home or at work. 

If you’d prefer a plan without data thresholds, you’ll need to choose one of Metro by T-Mobile’s two unlimited plans. We’ll provide a more in-depth look at these two offerings in the next section.

With any of these four plans, you’ll enjoy great coverage provided by the T-Mobile network. On the downside, T-Mobile prioritizes its customers over Metro by T-Mobile customers, so you might experience slower speeds during congested times.

Best Metro unlimited plans

Metro offers two unlimited data plans. The plans themselves are quite similar, but the bonus perks included with each plan vary slightly. For individuals or couples, the $50/mo. plan is probably your best bet. Not only will you get unlimited data (including 5GB of mobile hotspot data), but you’ll also get a 100GB subscription to Google One if you have an Android device.

For families who need four or more lines, the $60/mo. plan is incredibly cost-effective. Formerly referred to as Metro PCS family plans, you’ll benefit from limitless monthly data across all of the phones on your account. Just like with the other unlimited plan, you’ll get hotspot data (increased to 15GB on this plan) and the same Google One subscription. As an added bonus, you’ll also score a free subscription to Amazon Prime.

Although these plans are technically unlimited, you’ll probably notice reduced speeds if you use more than 35GB before your plan resets.

Best Metro family plans

Like most cellphone carriers, Metro offers significant discounts when you add more than one line. Here’s how Metro’s family plans compare:

For the 10GB and $50/mo. unlimited plan, each subsequent line will cost you an extra $30/mo. If you’re adding three or more lines, it makes sense to go with the top unlimited plan. Your fourth line will be entirely free, and you’ll actually end up paying less than the 10GB plan. Plus, it comes with perks like free cloud storage and an Amazon Prime subscription. 

Cheapest Metro plan

Metro’s cheapest plan is the 2GB option for just $30/mo. You won’t get any of the perks that come with the more expensive plans like Amazon Prime or Google One cloud storage, but it’s a decent option for those who don’t want to pay for data they never use. 

That said, if you’re looking for budget plans, there are much better options out there. Online-only carriers like UNREAL Mobile and Mint Mobile both have unlimited plans for $30/mo., and plenty of other carriers offer 2GB for far less.

How do Metro by T-Mobile’s plans compare to other carriers?

By this point, you know that Metro plans are budget-friendly. But how do their prices compare to other popular carriers? 

Overall, there aren’t huge price differences from one carrier to another, with most prepaid plans ranging from $10/mo. per line for 1GB of data to $60/mo. per line (at most) for unlimited data. But Metro by T-Mobile stands out in one area: its unlimited plans offer higher data throttling thresholds (35GB) than other providers.

Please note: Metro by T-Mobile’s plans (formerly called Metro PCS prepaid plans) are prepaid and don’t require you to sign a contract. The prices you see in the following chart represent these carriers’ prepaid offerings, rather than postpaid, lock-in contract rates.

Before signing up with a new carrier, it’s also important to evaluate factors like network coverage and speed. For the most part, Metro by T-Mobile boasts reliable coverage around the country, since it’s part of the T-Mobile brand, which is known for its powerful network. Learn more by checking out this map of Metro by T-Mobile’s coverage, which also compares its network to prepaid competitors like Cricket Wireless and Boost Mobile.

Metro by T-Mobile also fares well when it comes to customer support, with its parent company outperforming each of its biggest competitors when it comes to key customer care benchmarks. In fact, Consumer Reports readers awarded it an 83/100 overall — higher than any of the “big four” wireless carriers.

Metro by T-Mobile FAQs

Can you visit a T-Mobile store to sign up for Metro by T-Mobile?

No. You’ll need to visit one of the 10,000+ Metro by T-Mobile stores or authorized retailers across the country. In some cases, your local store may still have MetroPCS signage if it hasn’t yet been rebranded.

Like its parent company, Metro by T-Mobile offers all-in pricing, so you won’t see any surprise taxes or fees on your monthly bill. However, new customers will need to pay a one-time activation fee and sales tax when purchasing a new device from Metro by T-Mobile.

You can use this handy tool to see if your phone is compatible with the Metro by T-Mobile network. Follow the instructions on the site to put in your phone’s IMEI number and quickly check your compatibility.

In most cases, your phone number can be transferred to Metro by T-Mobile. Make sure to verify that your number is eligible when signing up for a new plan with the carrier. To complete the transfer, you’ll need to provide your phone number, the account number from your previous carrier, your previous account PIN and your phone’s IMEI number.

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By Taylor Freitas