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Old September 22nd, 2013, 09:51 AM   #501 (permalink)
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Wow you were not kidding about the speed. Those are actually pretty decent considering it's not lte.

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Wow you were not kidding about the speed. Those are actually pretty decent considering it's not lte.
no I wasn't, and that was out in the woods, if I was in town, the speed would be much better.
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By any chance have you noticed any improvement on signal strength using that GSM device on Metro as opposed to the CDMA device.
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By any chance have you noticed any improvement on signal strength using that GSM device on Metro as opposed to the CDMA device.
Honestly, I think it depends on what device you're using. Examples from BYOD Devices I have confirmed and used.

Xperia Z- Horrible Cellular Reception, Beast on data
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Iphone 4s- Amazing Reception, great DL for a non LTE device
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S4- Great, wished reception was as good as my note 2


Bottom line, in south florida, from my many years of screwing up, screwing around, and just all around knowledge, up until now, Metro's cellular coverage is better then T-mobiles. But if we are talking Data, Metro would get its ass kicked,
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Default I'm thinking of BYOD to Metro

I'm also looking at the $100 rebates ($50 for BYOD, $50 for BYO Phone Number). From the rebate forms, it appears that the activation needs to show up on the receipt; I'm guessing that means that the phone must be activated in a MetroPCS store (with the $15 charge)? And does MetroPCS have a good reputation for fulfilling rebates (a problem I've had with some companies)?

I'm also considering the $30 T-Mobile plan. I like the 5GB data and most months shouldn't have a problem with the 100 minutes. What advantages/disadvantages are there for signing up for the more expensive MetroPCS plan (beyond unlimited minutes), anything I should be aware of?
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I would assune that if you do indeed get access to the t mobile towers then there really is not many disadvantage. The only advantage t mobile would give you Is that you could buy your phone with credit as opposed to buying the entire phone with one payment. If you get unlimited internet from metro using the t mobile towers for only 60 dollars a month then it is a great deal.
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Hey guys. I have a old Samsung galaxy tab 7" from T-Mobile (SGH-T849). Just wondering if I can hook it up on byod for my son. I know metro doesn't have it listed on their website as compatible but thought I'd ask the experts in here. Thanks in advance
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I would guess it would work.
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It'll work if you can find a dealer that will hook up a tablet
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Just because it's not on the list doesn't mean it won't work
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As I mentioned in the OP, the advantage to T-Mobile is that the plan I would get is only $30/month, though it only gives 100 minutes (10 cents per minutes if you go over the 100 minutes). I also have no additional fees (I have the T-Mobile SIM), whereas with Metro I'm looking at $10 for a SIM card and $15 for activation. Additionally, I can just move my SIM to a different phone with T-Mobile, I don't have to call the carrier to get the new phone to work.

I did mention I was looking at BYOD, so I'm not looking at buying a new device and will also be on T-Mobile towers, regardless of if I go with T-Mobile or Metro.
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By any chance have you noticed any improvement on signal strength using that GSM device on Metro as opposed to the CDMA device.
Honestly, I think it depends on what device you're using.
Over the years I've noticed this as well.

On many occasions I've seen two people with the same carrier, but different phones, standing in the same spot with very different signal strengths.
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You seem to be forgeting that the tmobile $30.00 plan Plus TAX, which can push the rate back to $40.00 so not really any difference just less features.
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You seem to be forgeting that the tmobile $30.00 plan Plus TAX, which can push the rate back to $40.00 so not really any difference just less features.
The only tax, on the T-Mobile prepaid, is sales tax. T-Mobile prepaid is tax inclusive (like MetroPCS). As such, you are not talking more than $33 (at a 10% tax rate) -- and there are ways to buy that you are not charged sales tax. To be fair, I have heard that some areas also have an added 50 cent fee for e911, but that isn't charged in my state.

MetroPCS will likely also have sales tax, at least on the same methods of payment that T-Mobile prepaid has tax. On top of that, I saw something on the MetroPCS site that talked about some payment types having an extra charge associated with it, such as if you pay in store or from a phone.

If this is true, it would seem that Metro has the same or higher taxes/fees as T-Mobile prepaid.
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The only tax, on the T-Mobile prepaid, is sales tax. T-Mobile prepaid is tax inclusive (like MetroPCS). As such, you are not talking more than $33 (at a 10% tax rate) -- and there are ways to buy that you are not charged sales tax. To be fair, I have heard that some areas also have an added 50 cent fee for e911, but that isn't charged in my state.

MetroPCS will likely also have sales tax, at least on the same methods of payment that T-Mobile prepaid has tax. On top of that, I saw something on the MetroPCS site that talked about some payment types having an extra charge associated with it, such as if you pay in store or from a phone.

If this is true, it would seem that Metro has the same or higher taxes/fees as T-Mobile prepaid.
They're called convenience charges
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Just thought I'd post that I bought a 5S from T-Mobile yesterday and now its running on Metro just fine without having to be unlocked, these are the speeds I'm getting.
I can't complain for $55 a month for unlimited everything
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Just thought I'd post that I bought a 5S from T-Mobile yesterday and now its running on Metro just fine without having to be unlocked, these are the speeds I'm getting.
I can't complain for $55 a month for unlimited everything
$55 ?
Counting a $5 family discount?
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Those speeds are great. What city are you on?

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Just because it's not on the list doesn't mean it won't work
Thanks for the info. Will go to my local store to try it out
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Over the years I've noticed this as well.

On many occasions I've seen two people with the same carrier, but different phones, standing in the same spot with very different signal strengths.

me too, seriously, my galaxy note 2 had the best reception out of every device i've owned, even better then my s4, so I expect big things from the note 3(no pun intended), I will most surely be disappointed if it turns out to be a flop
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$55 ?
Counting a $5 family discount?
$60 with a $5 family discount making $55 and I live in South FL.
Oh and I'd also like to add that T-Mobile did not want to sell me the 5S without service even though they offer it on there website, good thing I have a friend that works there or I'd have to end up waiting for Apple to sell the unlocked version. Also, the reps over at T-Mobile are very misinformed saying that the 5S wouldn't work on metro's network these reps need to learn that we now basically use their towers lol.
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I just recently activated my At&t samsung galaxy s3 over to Metro, and I erased the old APN settings it had thinking they were no longer in need and now my internet, and picture messaging is no longer working. Does anyone know what APN settings I can use on my S3?
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I just recently activated my At&t samsung galaxy s3 over to Metro, and I erased the old APN settings it had thinking they were no longer in need and now my internet, and picture messaging is no longer working. Does anyone know what APN settings I can use on my S3?
<apn carrier="MetroPCS LTE" mcc="310" mnc="260" extraid="6D" apn="fast.metropcs.com" user="" password="" authtype="0" server="" proxy="" port="" mmsc="http://metropcs.mmsmvno.com/mms/wapenc" mmsproxy="" mmsport="" type="default,mms,supl" preferapp="" />
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I also asked a t-mobile rep yesterday at a store whether the phones would work and he told me they wouldn't. They are either misinformed or lying.
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he's just wrong lol
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do you think it's just certain store related or maybe they are being told to say it doesn't work?
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I purchased an at&t Samsung Galaxy s3 on ebay in great condition. I went to a Metro PCS store where I was able to get the phone on the BYOD service. Everything has been working for fine except for my DATA. All I get is EVDO and when I look at a friends Metro PCS GSM phone they have 4G. I checked my my coverage and I am positive there is 4g and atleast 3g. For a split second I did get 4g lte until I called my friend which then it went back to EVDO. Can someone please help?
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Why dont you try to do a factory restore. Was the S3 from Metro?
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I purchased an at&t Samsung Galaxy s3 on ebay in great condition. I went to a Metro PCS store where I was able to get the phone on the BYOD service. Everything has been working for fine except for my DATA. All I get is EVDO and when I look at a friends Metro PCS GSM phone they have 4G. I checked my my coverage and I am positive there is 4g and atleast 3g. For a split second I did get 4g lte until I called my friend which then it went back to EVDO. Can someone please help?
In settings -> about phone then status can you tell us the mobile network type
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I have an AT&T Samsung Galaxy Mega unlocked and working fine through Metro/T-Mobile.

My question is, how do I update my phone to any new T-Mobile towers? The *228 doesn't work as that's Metro, the upgrade in the phone settings is looking for AT&T upgraded towers so how do I update T-Mobile towers?
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I have an AT&T Samsung Galaxy Mega unlocked and working fine through Metro/T-Mobile.

My question is, how do I update my phone to any new T-Mobile towers? The *228 doesn't work as that's Metro, the upgrade in the phone settings is looking for AT&T upgraded towers so how do I update T-Mobile towers?
No need to worry. Its done automatically on GSM phones. We dont have to punch in anything.
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Would it be better to BYOD to Metro or T Mobile? I am with Metro now and for 3 years I have no complaints.
From what I have read that's rumored...It would not make a difference. Either/Or.
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From what I have read that's rumored...It would not make a difference. Either/Or.
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I would switch to that t mobile plan if it had at least 300 minutes. I don't talk much but 100 minutes is ridiculous.
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Right now I have 500mb data plan (since I'm always on Wi-Fi) for $40 unlimited talk/text. So I guess that MPCS is the place to stay.
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How do you manage? I burn through that in a day sometimes
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How do you manage? I burn through that in a day sometimes


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I'll be using much more data now that I'm off that buggy metro 4G, used about 1GB last month, before the combine a minimum of 3GB

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I know how he manages it. I am using a CDMA phone with a $50 dollar plan of 2.5gb. I noticed that metro only counts the data used for streaming video and music. Everything else doesnt count. I spent the entire month and only used about 10%. I am going to change to a gsm phone soon and i am kind of scared that the new phone changes how they read the data used. I rather have slower speeds and keep the plan i have know. My cell phone signal sucks though. I want to try the wifi calling feature on the new gsm phones.
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I know how he manages it. I am using a CDMA phone with a $50 dollar plan of 2.5gb. I noticed that metro only counts the data used for streaming video and music. Everything else doesnt count. I spent the entire month and only used about 10%. I am going to change to a gsm phone soon and i am kind of scared that the new phone changes how they read the data used. I rather have slower speeds and keep the plan i have know. My cell phone signal sucks though. I want to try the wifi calling feature on the new gsm phones.
Yea they changed that plan selection in like early 2012 I believe
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I would switch to that t mobile plan if it had at least 300 minutes. I don't talk much but 100 minutes is ridiculous.
Depending on your data usage, the T-Mobile $30 plan might still make more sense. If you are using, for example, 4 GB of data most months and 300 minutes of talk, you'd be paying $50 for the T-Mobile $30/month plan ($30 + 200 extra minutes at 10 cents each) whereas you'd need the unlimited plan on Metro for $60 to get your 4 GB unthrottled.
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I have a couple questions....
1.I already have an account with metro on the $25 plan...I DONT want to upgrade that one BUT I wanna add TWO new lines(They were on metro a while ago but I left because at the time there was no GSM)..Do I still qualify for the $100 rebates?

2. I sell my phones on ebay and CL alot....Do you I have to always call *228 to activate phone, or can I just do it on my own on the website?

3. Since I have one line already on the $25 plan, would that line get the family discount as well with the other two lines?

4. Does Joyn work on any GSM phones?

5. I have an HTC one and an S4 im trying to port over...Will the hotspot functions on my phones still work? Im on tmobile now, but I brought them from ATT and the hotspot works perfectly fine now with no extra charges.

Sorry for all the questions....I just wanna make sure this is what I wanna do before I truly switch back over to metro.

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I have a couple questions....
1.I already have an account with metro on the $25 plan...I DONT want to upgrade that one BUT I wanna add TWO new lines(They were on metro a while ago but I left because at the time there was no GSM)..Do I still qualify for the $100 rebates?

2. I sell my phones on ebay and CL alot....Do you I have to always call *228 to activate phone, or can I just do it on my own on the website?

3. Since I have one line already on the $25 plan, would that line get the family discount as well with the other two lines?

4. Does Joyn work on any GSM phones?

5. I have an HTC one and an S4 im trying to port over...Will the hotspot functions on my phones still work? Im on tmobile now, but I brought them from ATT and the hotspot works perfectly fine now with no extra charges.

Sorry for all the questions....I just wanna make sure this is what I wanna do before I truly switch back over to metro.

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1. I am pretty sure metro promotions only qualify for new activations. I am pretty sure you can get rebates if you buy a new phone using while activating a new line.

2. I bought a new LG Optimus F3 from Amazon the other day. I saved myself tax and the shipping was free. . When i received it i activated it online in under 10 minutes. Very fast and very easy. It saved me the $15 dollar activation from the Metro store (complete ripoff).

3. I think you have to get 4 lines in order to enjoy each line for $25 dollars. Also remember each of those line gets only 500 mb of data. In total you get 5 dollar discount for every other line that is activated up to 4 (i think).

For example if you have two lines in the family plan and each has 500 mb data plan you are going to pay $35 dollars per line instead of the regular $40 dollars. If you get three lines it will cost you $30 dollars each. If you get four lines it will cost you $25 dollars each. Pretty sweet deal if you don't have to use too much data.

4. When i use the "joyn-capable" filter on the metro website under the phone tab the only phone that comes up is the GSM Samsung Galaxy S3.

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Honesly i am not even sure this is true. I was pretty certain most of the new smartphones that came with Metro allowed for joyn. I know for a fact my CDMA Galaxy S3 use to be able to use Joyn.

5. I am not sure about the hotspot question. I would assume since the new Metro PCS gsm phones have pretty much the same software(like wifi calling integrated) and hardware as t-mobile maybe you can use hotspot. But i think Metro charges extra for that service though. You are going to have to ask somebody at a metro store. That is if they have any idea what they are talking about. Half of them are clueless.
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Speedtest on the Galaxy Note 2, I just hooked up on metropcs byod for my wife. Whacha think?
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Holy high speeds batman!
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mine's(note 2) knocking at 28.75mb, im waiting to hit 30 again
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mine's(note 2) knocking at 28.75mb, im waiting to hit 30 again
Can't wait to start hitting these http://gigaom.com/2013/10/14/watch-out-att-verizons-new-lte-network-monster-stirs-in-nyc/
Some markets with tmobile should be able to next year
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Can't wait to start hitting these Watch out AT&T: Verizon
Some markets with tmobile should be able to next year
that's cool, but what they are saying is most of those speeds are theoretical because no one is on them yet, they even said it should have problem been faster, this is probably that LTE-A that they were referring to on the G2 as well, still awesome though
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