T-Mobile seems to be cutting back on the deals it’s offering on the MetroPCS prepaid brand. There have been at least three negative changes this week.
1) MetroPCS’ Four Lines of Unlimited for $ 100 Promotion has ended. The page on the MetroPCS site promoting the offer is gone. Current users are grandfathered but the promotion is no longer available for new activations. The deal offered four lines on the $ 50/month unlimited talk, text and LTE data plan for $ 100/month. Three lines were $ 90, two lines were $ 80. At least one of four lines had be a new activation.
There’s a new offer of two lines of the unlimited $ 50 plan for $ 80 “when you switch”. The first line is $ 50/month, the second is $ 30. The offer is available at MetroPCS stores only, not online.
2) The Free Phones for port-ins offer has also been downgraded. It now offers switchers the choice of a free LG Aristo, Coolpad Defiant, Moto E4, ZTE Avid 4 or Samsung Galaxy J3 Prime. Before today switchers had more phones to choose from including the Alcatel Fierce A30, LG K20 Plus, Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime or ZTE Blade Z Max or ZTE Avid TRIO. The free phone offer is also in store only.
3) Prices of a number of phones have increased:
- The Coolpad Defiant’s price increased for $ 69 ($ 29 after rebate) to $ 79 ($ 39 after rebate)
- The ZTE Avid 4 went from $ 89.99 ($ 39 after rebate) to $ 99.99 ($ 49 after rebate)
- The Samsung Galaxy J3 Prime which was $ 129 ($ 49 after rebate), is now $ 119 ($ 59 after rebate)
- The Motorola Moto E4 went from $ 109 ($ 49 after rebate) to $ 119 ($ 59 after rebate)
- The Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime was $ 199 ($ 99 after rebate), now $ 159 ($ 119 after rebate)
- The LG K20 Plus 32 GB LTE Android phone was $ 169 ($ 99 after rebate), now it’s $ 169 ($ 119 after rebate)
The changes aren’t all bad, Metro cut the price of the 32 GB Apple iPhone SE from $ 199 to $ 149 and there’s now a $ 50 rebate available for the Samsung Galaxy S6, cutting its price to $ 299 after rebate.
The period between holiday shopping season and tax refund time is traditionally a slow one for prepaid sales. Carriers usually launch tax season promotions in February. I would not be surprised to see Metro unveil new phone and multi-line tax time plan deals next month. Maybe Metro is raising prices and ending promos now to make their tax time deals look more impressive.
I also wonder if Cricket and Boost will follow Metro and kill their four lines of unlimited for $ 100 offers. Hopefully they won’t and if they don’t it increases the chance of Metro bringing back its four lines for 100 offer.
Source: Cricket (1), (2) via HowardForums and a tip from a reader.