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Discussion in 'Metro PCS' started by Joshuah22a, Dec 23, 2013.

  1. Joshuah22a

    Joshuah22a Android Enthusiast
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    hopefully some store owners can chime in here..i went to 2 metro stores in my area non were corporate and I went to buy a GSM sim..the first the lady asks for my phone and just starts taking apart my case im like "wtf!?"..I tell her I don't want to do the service right now... she doesn't even respond back and continue taking my note3 apart to eventually take the back case off and check I guess what kinda sim card I have.. then she was about to walk to the back and I guess the manager on duty whispers to her that I have to buy the service there and pay a fee..im like are you ******* kidding me! I just want the sim and im going to do it over the phone..he said "oh I can't do that.." so I told them im good and left..is this true? I will be going to a corporate store tom. and hopefully I won't have the same issue..

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  2. Shabbypenguin

    Shabbypenguin Extreme Android User

    pretty sure you can buy them online. but afaik you cnat get them in store without being activated,.
  3. the hulk

    the hulk Android Enthusiast

    Cant get them without activating them.
  4. the hulk

    the hulk Android Enthusiast

    Think about it, how would I make money as a business owner if I'm just selling away my possible upgrades/activations? Unless I marked up the price on the sim, in most cases, people have the common sense to know how much they cost, so it's easier all around just to sell them with service.
  5. Joshuah22a

    Joshuah22a Android Enthusiast
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    I thought it was something i can goto a corporate store and just get since they dont really seem to put alot of fees on things
  6. new optimus

    new optimus Android Expert

    I would think at a corp store you can, you just buy the sim and go, just like you can in t mobile (i think).
  7. the hulk

    the hulk Android Enthusiast

    maybe a corp store, I'd be very surprised to see a dealer doing that, it would make me question how they are making money lol
  8. Joshuah22a

    Joshuah22a Android Enthusiast
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    Yea havent been able to go because holidays..will try tom.
  9. DirtyDee

    DirtyDee Android Expert

    Well considering I got mine from a dealer when they came out in Detroit I got it no problem.... But I am a regular guy so that could had helped not that i think like me lol
  10. the hulk

    the hulk Android Enthusiast

    thats interesting most of pees in soflo dont sell them without service
  11. telegraph

    telegraph Newbie

    Just curious why you would want to purchase the sim card and activate it yourself when you gain no monetary savings activating it online?
  12. Joshuah22a

    Joshuah22a Android Enthusiast
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    i never knew you can activate it online... and I had the assumption I could just buy one at a store because the rep I spoke to last had said just walk in the store and call customer service up and i'll be setup with my number porting etc.. I don't like dealing with too many of those metro reps in stores...
  13. morgankslade

    morgankslade Android Expert

    Buy online then call 1-888-8metro8. $10.60 online.
  14. Joshuah22a

    Joshuah22a Android Enthusiast
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  15. Joshuah22a

    Joshuah22a Android Enthusiast
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    ok quick question without making a new thread...

    My tmob bill is due on the 3rd of jan. I get paid on the 2nd..

    before I switched from metro I had it setup at that date because my check always landed a day before.. so since im getting paid this week I want to switch back to metro again..i already have the unlock code from tmobile and wanted to know if I switch back on the 2nd and to my knowledge tmob is prepaid and the phone is paid off...do I still have to pay that 85$ tmob bill still? or will I just be paying for the one month from metro??
  16. DirtyDee

    DirtyDee Android Expert

    If you are on un carrier then I'm pretty sure you're prepaid you're paid up for the month
  17. notserpmh

    notserpmh Newbie

    I've gone through this a few times now. Here are the options:

    1. Buy online for $10 with free FedEx 2day shipping, activate over phone or via chat after logging into your account
    2. Buy in store (corp or authorized reseller, no difference) for $10 plus pay $17 "activation fee" and let them set it up.

    Corporate store vs authorized reseller doesn't make a difference. Neither will sell you the sim to activate yourself no matter what. I also found the authorized resellers only give you the sim that fits your phone right then. Online and corp store will give you a "kit" with a regular sim, micro sim, and nano sim and put the one you need in your phone. The corporate store should give you the other two sims in case you trade phones later.

    After you have the sim, if you change phones, you have to get it "re-activated" to the new phone. You can do this via online chat or over the phone for free. A store will charge you $17.

    When you activate online or over phone, they don't always tell you to update your APN settings. Search online and you can find several posts of what to set.
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  18. the hulk

    the hulk Android Enthusiast

    $15, not $17

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