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MetroPCS launching the Samsung Galaxy On5 and LG Stylo 2 Plus soon

LG Stylus 2 Plus

LG Stylus 2 Plus

A new leak has revealed that #MetroPCS will be unveiling the #LG #Stylo2Plus (Stylus 2 Plus) and the #Samsung #GalaxyOn5 on its shelves soon. The revelation was made by a leaked internal document, which revealed the handsets that will be unveiled by T-Mobile’s prepaid subsidiary by the end of this month.

The Galaxy On5 will supposedly cost $59 from the carrier, which is not surprising given the hardware. The LG Stylus 2 Plus on the other is shown to be carrying a price tag of $149.

Both handsets will be launched on the 27th of June, so there’s still some waiting to do if you’re looking to snatch these up. The carrier recently launched the Galaxy J7 and the LG K10 on its networks, so MetroPCS is seeing immense potential in budget ranged offerings. Much to our surprise, the Samsung Galaxy S6 reached end-of-life status last month, suggesting that the carrier wants to focus strictly on the budget and mid-ranged devices.

Via: Pocketnow

Best Cheap Prepaid Cell Phone Plans with No Contract (June 2016 Edition)

When it comes to phone plans, not everybody needs a traditional plan from the major carriers.  Whether if you are a foreign visitor travelling to the U.S. or simply do not use your phone much, a prepaid phone plan without a contract may just be what you need.  If you are in the market for a solid prepaid phone plan, take a look at these below:

MetroPCS

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It may seem rather strange that MetroPCS, a subsidiary of T-Mobile, offers better pricing and sometimes even service than T-Mobile itself. The main attraction of this service has to be their exemption of music streaming for data caps. This feature is called Music Unlimited and it mirrors T-Mobile’s Music Freedom.

The major pain point for users living in rural areas is the relatively weak network coverage provided by T-Mobile. The company has recently made efforts to improve the overall signal strength, but it still noticeably lags behind AT&T. MetroPCS was once running on their original CDMA network, but they are now fully operating on T-Mobile’s GSM network, ensuring compatibility with all T-Mobile devices.

Nice extra benefits of MetroPCS include the ability to use mobile hotspot will all of their plans and the option to pay $5 on $40-and-up plans to put Mexico or Canada in your home rate area.

Plans

  • $30/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, 1GB of data.
  • $40/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, 3GB of data.
  • $50/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, 5GB of data.
  • $60/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, unlimited data.

Best Plan

The $40/month is easily the best plan that MetroPCS offers. 3GB of data should be more than enough for most users and unlimited talk and text makes the deal only sweater.

Pros

  • Affordable plans with high data caps
  • Discount rates for Mexico and Canada
  • Mobile hotspot on all plans

Cons

  • Weak signal in rural areas

Verdict

MetroPCS is a fantastic option for customers who have nothing against T-Mobile’s network and are in need of large mobile data caps.

Republic Wireless

republic wireless

Republic Wireless was the first American mobile virtual network operator, and the company certainly does a lot to continue as one of the best choices when it comes to prepaid cell phone plans. Their chief attraction is the simplicity of their offering and Sprint’s ongoing improvement of its network.

Everything starts with their “base plan”, which consists of unlimited voice and texting for $10/month. Customers can then choose how much mobile data they would like to purchase on top of it: 0.5 GB for $7.50, 1 GB for $15, 2 GB for $30, 3 GB for $45.

A great thing about Republic Wireless is the fact that the company refunds any unused cell data towards your next month’s bill. So, if you buy the 2GB plan but only use 1GB your bill is going to be $25, instead of $40. Depending on how much you can stick with Wi-Fi connectivity, this could lead to pretty great savings.

Plans

  • $10/month – Unlimited talk and text. No data.
  • $17.50/month – In addition to unlimited talk and text, this plan includes .5GB data.
  • $25/month – In addition to unlimited talk and text, this plan includes 1GB data.
  • $40/month – In addition to unlimited talk and text, this plan includes 2GB data.
  • $55/month – In addition to unlimited talk and text, this plan includes 3GB data.

Best Plan

The $40/month plan gives you quite a bit of data for a good price. If you force yourself to use Wi-Fi as much as you can, you could easily save plenty of money and turn this already affordable plan into an excellent deal.

Pros

  • Cheapest way to get unlimited voice and texts
  • No longer bans tethering
  • Uses two networks

Cons

  • Gets expensive after 3GB

Verdict

Republic Wireless is perfect for people who can mostly get by without cellular data. $10/month for unlimited text and talk is simply very hard to beat.

Cricket Wireless

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Owned by AT&T, Cricket Wireless stands on a strong and reliable network with great coverage in most part of the country. You can bring you own device and enjoy Cricket’s plans that are often much better than the ones offered by AT&T.

Their Autopay option allows you to save $5 each month on all available plans. What’s more, every line you add increases the amount you save. Four lines of basic service can cost you as little as $100.

Many people like to stay clear of AT&T because of their tendency to include many hidden fees that can tremendously increase the overall price of their plans. Cricket promises “no hidden fees”, which can give you, at least, some reassurance that you will really pay what you sign up for.

Plans

  • $40/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, 2.5GB of data.
  • $50/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, 5GB of data. Includes unlimited Int’l texting to 38 countries and free data roaming in Canada and Mexico.
  • $60/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, 10GB of data. Includes unlimited Int’l texting to 38 countries and free data roaming in Canada and Mexico.
  • $70/month – Unlimited talk, unlimited text, and unlimited high-speed data. Includes unlimited Int’l texting to 38 countries and free data roaming in Canada and Mexico.

Best Plan

The $50/month option is definitely the best way how to get the most out of this provider. The high data cap it comes with would cost you much more with many other providers and the inclusion of unlimited international texting and free data roaming is a nice cheery on top of this delicious cake.

Pros

  • Plenty of data
  • Free roaming in Canada and Mexico
  • Auto-pay discounts
  • AT&T network

Cons

  • Throttles to 8 Mbps
  • Limits tethering to $50 and higher plans at a cost of $10 extra.

Verdict

Compared with other plans on this list, Cricket Wireless is definitely suited more for heavier cellular data users and people who frequently travel abroad.

Ting

ting

Ting does things completely differently from any other prepaid carriers on this list. This dual GSM/CDMA carrier powered by Sprint’s network and T-Mobile’s networks doesn’t force their customers to buy allotments of minutes or dollars each month. Instead, Ting simply bills their customers for what they really use, according to blocks in its rate chart.

This makes the service perfect for people who don’t use their phone consistently throughout the year and also for those who are willing to a bit of micromanaging to cut down on their data, text, and talk usage.

Plans

  • Ting uses their signature “pay for what you use” philosophy. The company has abolished standard plans with a convenient chart, which ensures that you only pay for what you really use.
  • The basic price of $6/month doesn’t come with any talk, text, or data. It merely allows you to connect to their network.
  • You are then billed for what you use, starting at $3 for 100 minutes, $3 for 100 text messages, and $3 for 100 MB of data.
  • For example, $81/month would give you 2100 minutes, 4800 texts, and 2 GB of data.

Pros

  • Added a second carrier
  • Great customer support
  • Rates high in reader surveys
  • Never pay for what you don’t need

Cons

  • Gest expensive after 2 GB

Verdict

Ting is the best option for people who use their mobile phones inconsistently. Throughout the year. Seasonal workers, students, contracts can all benefit from Ting’s cost-effective nature.

Conclusion

All four plans listed in this article offer a fantastic combination of services and features with prices that are hard to beat. Each is suitable for a slightly different type of user, so a careful evaluation of your needs is the main step toward choosing the right one.

MetroPCS unveils Alcatel Tru for just $29.99

Alcatel Tru

Alcatel Tru

MetroPCS has just taken the wraps off the Alcatel Tru for just $29.99, making it the cheapest newly launched smartphone in recent memory. The handset comes with a budget ranged hardware, of course, so don’t expect any flattering items on the specs sheet.

The device comes with a 5-inch 480 x 854 display, a quad-core 1.1 GHz Snapdragon 210 SoC, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of expandable storage, a 5-megapixel camera on the back, a 2-megapixel front camera, Android 5.0 Lollipop and a 2,000 mAh battery. As you can see, it’s not a beast in terms of internal hardware. However, for the price quoted by the carrier, the Alcatel Tru is an excellent value.

It appears that the handset is merely a rebranded version of the Alcatel Pop 3 (5) which was unveiled late last year, so some customers might be familiar with the handset’s hardware. Interested in grabbing the device? Make sure you head over to a MetroPCS outlet near you for more details.

Source: AlcatelPR Newswire

[Deal] Unlocked MetroPCS LG Optimus L70 for $84.99

LG Optimus L70

LG Optimus L70

Not many might remember the #LG #OptimusL70 or otherwise known as the LG L70 and we don’t blame you. The handset was announced by MetroPCS quite some time ago, but didn’t manage to top the popularity charts. This budget ranged handset is now available as part of a deal thanks to Amazon. The retailer is offering the “certified refurbished” version of the handset for just $84.99.

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The handset is unlocked, which means it’s compatible with the likes of AT&T, T-Mobile etc. In terms of hardware, you can expect a 4.5-inch 480 x 800 display, dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 200 SoC, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage (expandable), a 5-megapixel rear camera, a VGA front camera, Android 4.4 KitKat and a 2,100 mAh battery.

As you can see, the L70 won’t top benchmark lists with this kind of hardware on board. But even then, at just under $85, the handset offers a great value and could easily be used as a spare phone. What do you think?

MetroPCS announces new $60/month plan with 6GB of data for two lines

MetroPCS Logo

MetroPCS Logo

#MetroPCS has just announced a new plan where the customers can get unlimited talk, texts and 6GB of 4G LTE data for two lines at just $60/month. You can add additional lines at just $30/month (up to five lines), which makes this a very attractive proposition. As you know, MetroPCS is T-Mobile’s subsidiary and you will be well covered as long as there’s T-Mobile network in your area.

The data being offered is 4G LTE and T-Mobile has mentioned in its statement that the deal is valid for as long as you’re a customer. There’s no word on how long the promotion will run though, so you might want to act fast if you want to get in on the action.

Given how competitive the prepaid game has become, it’s imperative for a carrier like MetroPCS to up the ante in order to remain relevant in the mobile industry. AT&T’s GoPhone is quite popular out there and this new promotion from the magenta carrier will certainly appeal to a wide range of customers out there.

Source: T-Mobile

Via: Android Central

Galaxy S5 unable to connect to some Wi-Fi networks, other connection problems

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Welcome to another post that shares some of the reported mobile data and Wi-Fi problems on a #GalaxyS5. If you are new to our site, don’t forget to also browse other related articles.

Here are the specific topics we have in store for you today:

  1. Verizon Galaxy S5 unable to connect to mobile network
  2. Galaxy S5 unable to connect to mobile data
  3. MetroPCS Galaxy S5 stops connecting to mobile data
  4. Galaxy S5 unable to connect to some Wi-Fi networks
  5. Galaxy S5 mini mobile data on 3G and 4G not working
  6. T-Mobile Galaxy S5 “Your data plan does not work on this device. Click here to sign up for a new data plan.” error

If you are looking for solutions to your own #Android issue, you can contact us by using the link provided at the bottom of this page.


 

Problem #1: Verizon Galaxy S5 unable to connect to mobile network

Cannot connect to Mobile Network LTE. So no GPS, internet and I cannot use the phone. At home, I’m fine because I connect to our Wi-Fi. When I go into “mobile networks” the Mobile Data box IS checked but the Roaming says not roaming and is grayed out. Also, Network Operators is grayed out so I can’t check it out. Also, I can’t switch to the preferred network LTE/CDMA or LTE/GSM/UMTS. When I try either one it fails and asks repeatedly “Use Global?”. Also my APN (Access Point Name) shows Verizon Internet – VZWINTERNET and when I access it it goes to “Edit Access point” and I should be able to change the APN there but I was connected just a few days ago so it shouldn’t need changing. “VZWINTERNET”. 

Now about a week ago…this phone kept restarting over and over at least 20 times so I pulled out the battery and the SD card then replaced them. I’ve tried safe mode but still no mobile network. A few times when I plugged in the Samsung power cord to recharge, the phone said that it doesn’t recognize the cord and to use the Samsung power cord but I already was. This is the same reason why I sent my original S5 back and they sent me this refurbished model and it’s a recurring nightmare. I need a good troubleshooting URL or someone that knows what’s going on with this phone they say retails for $700. That’s an expensive paperweight. Thanks to anyone that can help me!! — Richard

Solution: Hi Richard. Our blog only provides troubleshooting instructions and solutions for software-related problems. Since you have already tried booting the phone in safe mode, the next step is to perform a factory reset. You want to observe how the phone behaves when there are no third party apps installed. Make sure that you give the phone at least a couple of hours after a factory reset to run to know the difference. For reference, here are the steps on how to do a full reset on that phone:

  • Power down the Galaxy S5.
  • Press and hold the Volume up button, the Home button, and the Power button together until you see the Android on screen.
  • Use Volume down to highlight the wipe data/factory reset option and press the Power button to select it.
  • Use Volume down again to highlight Yes – delete all user data and press Power to select it.
  • Use the Power button to select Reboot system now.
  • When the S5 restarts it should be completely wiped and ready to set up again.

If factory reset won’t change the situation, that’s an indication that the issue cannot be fixed by doing software troubleshooting. Call your wireless carrier or Samsung for a warranty checkup and replacement.

Problem #2: Galaxy S5 unable to connect to mobile data

I purchased an S5 in USA from AT&T, my local carrier. They unlocked it at my request. When I spent 5 weeks in the UK last fall, I replaced the ATT SIM card with one with prepaid voice and data from ASDA (EE network). Voice worked fine. Data never worked.  ASDA customer support tried 5 times to send me a file with their APN settings, which never arrived. They did not offer detail on how to manually change the APN settings. ATT USA swears there is no limitation on my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A with overseas carriers. Did I choose the wrong (low cost) local carrier?  What do you suggest for my trip next month to Australia without gambling another $30+ on an prepaid AU data SIM card?  THANKS FOR ANY HELP.  LOVE YOUR SITE. — Vivie

Solution: Hi Vivie. Mobile data connection requires correct APN settings from your carrier in order to work. Changing the APN settings of an AT&T device is easy but you still need the correct APN settings from ASDA or from any other carrier. In order to change the APN settings of your S5, just follow these steps:

  • Access the Settings menu.
  • Locate and select Wireless & Networks or More Networks.
  • Select Mobile Networks.
  • Select Access Point Names.
  • Find the option to add new APN, represented by a “+” sign.

Here are the APN values for ASDA devices but we are not 100% certain if they are accurate:

  • Name – Asda Internet
  • APN – everywhere
  • Username – eesecure
  • Password – secure
  • MMSC – https://mms/
  • MMS Proxy – 149.254.201.135
  • MMS Port – 8080
  • Authentication type – PAP
  • APN type – If given a choice, select internet+mms, if the keyboard appears enter *

Make sure that you talk to a representative from ASDA to verify if the information above is accurate.

Problem #3: MetroPCS Galaxy S5 stops connecting to mobile data

The issue I’m having is with the mobile network, my carrier is MetroPCS if that helps. I’m able to make calls and message people. But when it comes to using the internet (using the web, downloading apps, watching videos, etc.), it completely doesn’t work. I’ve tried resetting the phone, editing the Access Point Name(APN). Nothing works, except when I manually changed the APN to MetroPCS (It was on T-Mobile’s, which was working fine at first). But I can’t figure out how to get it working again. If you guys have a solution, that would be awesome. PS: My Phone is an unlocked AT&T Galaxy S5. — Eloy

Solution: Hi Eloy. Have you already talked to MetroPCS about this trouble? We need to ask you this question first because we want to make sure that you have a compatible data plan with them, and that your subscription hasn’t been turned off for some reason. You also want to know if they’re having any network outages that might be affecting your area at the moment. Finally, you want to check with them if the MetroPCS APN settings on your phone are accurate. Keep in mind that any extra or missing character in one of the APN fields can cause a problem like this. If mobile data was working previously and there are no network or account issues, the only logical cause for the problem might be the incorrect APN settings.

Problem #4: Galaxy S5 unable to connect to some Wi-Fi networks

I am unable to connect with WI-FI at one of the buildings I work at. There are two WI-FI networks — secure and guest.  i cannot connect to either networks. I used to be able to connect to both and about 4-6 months ago it stopped working. It may have been after an update but I’m not sure. The phone recognizes both wi-fi networks and starts to connect but then immediately disconnects. If I let it – it will try over and over to connect. 

I can connect to WIFI  everywhere else. The other buildings that I work at, home, any public wi-fi spot. 

I have tried to forget the problem networks multiple times and then tried to connect again and this hasn’t worked.  I have done a factory reset and this hasn’t helped. I also went to the IT department at the building I work at and they spent an hour looking at my phone and tried to get it to connect. The IT department did not find their system blocking me at all. They didn’t think the problem was on the network side. Everybody I work around is able to connect without problems. 

I don’t know what else to try.

Thanks. — Rich

Solution: Hi Rich. If you are still unable to connect to these Wi-Fi networks even after a factory reset, the problem then is clearly not phone-related. There must be something in those networks that blocks or prevents your device from connecting successfully. Your IT department must ensure that your device is whitelisted and not blocked. There’s just nothing that you can do on your end to fix this issue. We don’t know how your work network is configured and secured so we cannot provide any specific details to tell you. You must work with your IT department to fix it.

Problem #5: Galaxy S5 mini mobile data on 3G and 4G not working

Samsung Galaxy S5 mini SM-g800f. Ok so i have a new mini. I turned it on and it would just turn off if I used apps. I got a new battery. That stopped.

I then try use Internet. it works only on G and E but if I go to 3G or LTE, H will come on for like half a second, the arrows point upload will blink and that’s all. It will disappear.

Also, never a page loads on H or 4G.  Can’t call. It says nktvregistered on network. It’s a 4G sim. it works perfectly in my old s5 mini and signal is excellent here. I got new Internet settings too. G and E works. Why the hell doesnt the other bands register on network?

Imei shows it’s not blocked either. I’m in the UK on EE. I cannot understand. I have all the OTA updates. Can you tell me if I can fix it by doing something through service menus or anything?  Also, all sims do the same in this phone. Please, I beg of you help. also done a hard reset three times. — Amz

Solution: Hi Amz. Did you say this is a new S5 mini? Why not have it replaced? There clearly is problem on this phone, most probably hardware-related. You can only do so much to fix this problem on your own. There’s nothing that you can do under service menu to fix the issue as well. A thorough hardware diagnostics is needed to determine if the network-related components are working properly. We say get a replacement as soon as possible.

Problem #6: T-Mobile Galaxy S5 “Your data plan does not work on this device. Click here to sign up for a new data plan.” error

Since January 1st 2016 my Samsung Galaxy S5 won’t connect to the T-Mobile internet. Instead I get a u.web2go.com webpage that says: “Your data plan does not work on this device. Click here to sign up for a new data plan.”

I have this plan since last year and it has been working great ever since! I tried soft reset, changing my APN, but it didn’t work!

I hope you guys can help me 🙂

Greetings. — Joyce

Solution: Hi Joyce. If the error is accurate, there might be some billing- or account-related issues that you need to settle with your carrier first before the device can use mobile data again. Make sure that you check with T-Mobile the status of your account to fix this.

 


 

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T-Mobile and MetroPCS to offer the LG K7 smartphone

LG K7

LG K7

The #LG #K7 will soon be available via T-Mobile and #MetroPCS according to a new report. There’s no word on the pricing of the smartphone as of yet, but it’s possible that it will be somewhere between the $100150 mark given the kind of hardware it’s sporting.

Strangely, T-Mobile hasn’t given out a release date either, so we can’t really tell when the smartphone will be up for grabs via MetroPCS or T-Mobile. But since this is a budget device, we can expect T-Mobile to provide additional clarification soon. The K7 and the K10 smartphones were announced by LG not too long ago, so it’s good to know that the carriers are already preparing to offer the smartphone.

The LG K7 comes with a 5 inch 480 x 854 resolution display, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera, a 1.3 GHz quad core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, Android 5.1 Lollipop and a 2,125 mAh battery. Any takers?

Via: Android Headlines

MetroPCS running BOGO offer on select Android handsets

MetroPCS Bogo

MetroPCS Bogo

#MetroPCS has just announced a new attractive promo which offers customers the liberty to get one phone and get the same kind or a device of a lesser value for free. The promo is valid until the 30th of November and is currently applicable on just four handsets from the company. MetroPCS is running the offer on the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime, the LG Leon LTE, the Kyocera Hydro Wave as well as the ZTE Obsidian.

From a specs standpoint, it seems like the Galaxy Core Prime would be the better choice and you can choose to get the same device or something of a lesser value, so there’s plenty of choice on offer. The carrier is touting this to be the Black Friday BOGO, so make sure you cash in on this sweet deal before it’s too late.

MetroPCS landed itself in some trouble recently, but it’s good to see that the company is trying its best to make a comeback. Hit the link below for more details on the promo being offered by the company.

Source: MetroPCS

MetroPCS users getting more data and other features too

MetroPCS Store

MetroPCS, T-Mobile’s prepaid subsidiary, is seeing some pretty massive changes soon. Now, customers will be able to get more data, and utilize it more effectively with two new programs.

The first upgrade is more data will be available for customers. If a customer is on the $40 or $50 GB plans, they will now get 3 GB and 5 GB of LTE data, up from the previous LTE limit of 2 GB and 4 GB of data. Unlike T-Mobile, which is increasing prices for its plans, these upgrades will be free.

MetroPCS customers will now also be able to use a new service, “Music Unlimited.” For customers using certain music streaming services, they will no longer count against your data usage. There are over 30 services supported, and some of the big ones include:

  • Apple Music
  • iHeartRadio
  • Google Play Music
  • Milk Music
  • Pandora
  • Rhapsody
  • Slacker
  • Spotify

MetroPCS customers will also be able to take advantage of another feature, “Data Maximizer.” Similar to T-Mobile’s recently announced Binge On service, customers will be able to save more data when watching streaming video. However, it will still count against your data, even though videos will be compressed to 480P.

With these changes, people on MetroPCS will now be a lot more like T-Mobile customers, for a much cheaper price. Do any of these features make you want to switch to MetroPCS?

Source: T-Mobile, MetroPCS via Droid Life

Boost Mobile Cutting MetroPCS and Cricket Customer’s Plan Prices

Boost-Mobile

Boost Mobile, one of the Sprint MVNO’s, is offering MetroPCS and Cricket customers a price cut on their plans if their switch. This is the same offer as on Sprint proper, their “Slash Your Payment in Half” deal.

Boost Mobile says that if MetroPCS and Cricket customers switch, they could save between $20 and $30 over the course of a year. If you bring your line from one of those prepaid carriers, the plans will be the following:

  • $20 for 2.5GB of data
  • $25 for 5GB of data
  • $30 for 10GB of data

There are two stipulations. The first is that you have to port your line over to Boost from another carrier. The plans will also only cost that much for one year, at which point they will presumably go back up to their normal prices.

This deal lasts between now and July 20th, so if you want these plans at the cheaper prices, act now. Does Boost’s offer seem tempting to any of you?

Source: Sprint via Android Central

MetroPCS Expands Their World Calling Plans For Cuba

MetroPCS Store

The T-Mobile subsidiary is following in the footsteps of Boost Mobile lately, and today is no exception. Today the carrier is expanding on their World Calling plans, adding in unlimited texting and 20 free minutes of calling to Cuba.

If you have any friends or family in Cuba, while it is only 20 minutes, this could be very helpful to you. The good part is that you do get unlimited texting to numbers in Cuba, so you can still communicate that way.

In order to add World Calling to your plan, you need to be either on the $50 or $60 per months plans they offer. World Calling itself is a $10 add-on to that, which includes unlimited calls to land lines overseas and 200 minutes of calling to numbers in 75 other countries. Do those of you that have friends or family in Cuba appreciate this new feature?

Source: MetroPCS via Android Central

You can get unlimited talk, text and 1GB of 4G data from MetroPCS for $30/month

MetroPCS

Prepaid carrier MetroPCS has announced a new promotion where it will be offering 1GB of 4G LTE data, combined with unlimited voice minutes and text messages for just $30. There’s no word on how long this promotion will last, but the carrier mentions that the pricing is available immediately.

Beyond 1GB of data usage, we’re guessing the speed will be throttled to 3G and there will be no overage charges as this is an unlimited plan.

In its statement, the carrier said – “Anyone with a MetroPCS 3G/4G GSM phone can walk into a participating MetroPCS store and get this deal. You won’t find a lower cost option with data at Boost or Cricket. Period.

Since the carrier is owned by T-Mobile, it would be wise to check the coverage area of T-Mobile before making up your mind on taking up this deal. The carrier is known to be very customer friendly as it recently offered customers unlimited 4G LTE data for just $50 per month.

Source: T-Mobile

Via: Android Central

Best ultra-affordable prepaid smartphones for 2015

Seeing as how the race to the bottom is heating up by the day as far as Android smartphone retail costs are concerned, a refresh of our best sub-$100 prepaid device list from April 2014 was probably long overdue.

Verizon SIM card

To make that abundantly clear, just one member of last year’s magnificent low-cost seven made the cut this time around, and that’s despite us feeling generous and adding two extra spots to the rankings. We’ve also decided to stop comparing apples and oranges, so we’ll be listing your nine best prepaid phones out and about in no particular order.

The fact of the matter is they’re all incredibly enticing and bang-for-bucktastic, so the verdict comes down to your personal preference of one carrier or another, a certain design, brand or footprint. Not to mention the effect of price fluctuations on a gadget’s appeal.

100-Dollar-Bills

Currently, all these nine Android soldiers can be purchased for less than $100 off-contract, but many are discounted and set to up the ask soon enough.

Motorola Moto G

An instant classic and living legend, the first-generation, non-microSD-supporting G is as popular today as it was when it topped our previous prepaid charts, nine months ago. It still doesn’t allow for external storage expansion, and the mediocre 5 MP rear-facing camera hasn’t got any better with time.

Moto G

On the bright side, it’s cheaper than ever before, likely to get even cheaper, and it runs Android 5.0 Lollipop nearly free of manufacturer “optimization” or carrier bloatware.

Motorola Luge – $80 via Verizon

A mostly overlooked and underrated Big Red exclusive, this 4.3 incher is more easily pocketable and slimmer, but slightly less powerful, with a dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Plus processor inside. Truth be told, its flaws are G’s fortes and vice versa, as the Luge features microSD support and a superior 8 MP LED flash cam, yet settles for an underwhelming 960 x 540 pix res screen.

Motorola Luge

Moto E – $20 at US Cellular

Oh, come on, another Motorola? Indeed, and it’s not just because this writer loves, loves, loves the direction the company’s moving in for a couple of years now. It’s also thanks to USC’s unbelievable generosity, and the handheld’s Android 5.0 compatibility.

Moto E

For only 20 bucks (if you hurry, and grab the E online), you score a Gorilla Glass 3-covered 4.3-inch 960 x 540 panel, 1 GB RAM, 5 MP camera, microSD card slot, and 1,980 mAh battery. If only other no-contract specialists would follow US Cellular’s suit.

HTC Desire 510 – $72 with Boost; $78 at Virgin; $84 on Sprint

Though HTC is keen to eat at Samsung, Microsoft or Motorola’s budget sales, their one and only prepaid heavyweight title contender is this mixed bag of 854 x 480 pixels resolution mediocrity and 2,100 mAh cell quality.

HTC-Desire-510

Larger than all its rivals so far, and arguably the most stylish of the pack, the Desire 510 stands out with snazzy white and blue coats of paint, plus software that works and looks great, despite there being no sign of Lollipop goodies. So nice to have you, BlinkFeed!

LG Tribute – $65 Sprint; $65 Virgin

We’ve wrapped up Motorola’s triad, now onto LG’s own affordable no-contract trinity. First up, a 4.5 incher that more or less squeezes Desire 510’s internals into a slightly more compact body. Good or bad thing?

lg-tribute

Well, extra screen real estate is always nice to have, so LG loses a point, but the pixel-per-inch count is virtually identical, and the $20 less asked by Sprint and Virgin Mobile for the Tribute may tip the balance in LG’s favor.

LG Optimus F60 – $59 through MetroPCS

The confusing branding suggests this F-series family member is a lot older than it really is, having only been released in October of… 2014. Slashed from $159 to $59 for a limited time, the F60 is Lollipop-ready, with a quad-core 64-bit 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 CPU under the hood.

LG Optimus F60

If you’re the pessimistic type, you’ll of course retain the F60 doesn’t run Android 5.0 yet, and sports a forgettable 4.5-inch 800 x 480 IPS screen. No matter how you look at it though, the 2,100 mAh battery is quite large.

LG Volt – $60 Sprint; $80 Boost

Another triumvirate finished, and sadly for LG, no Moto G-like standout here. Not even a Luge, albeit the Volt electrocutes the F60 and Tribute with a 3,000 mAh (!!!) cell, 8 MP LED Flash rear-facing camera, and 70.1 percent screen-to-body ratio.

LG Volt

Too bad the actual screen resolution is nothing to write home about, at 960 x 540 pixels, and the 32-bit-capable quad-core Snapdragon 400 chip limits certain upcoming functions of Android 4.4 KitKat’s follow-up.

Samsung Galaxy Avant – $69 via MetroPCS

The Korean mobile kings had a piss-poor year in the high-end segment, where the Galaxy S5 failed to outsell its predecessor, but their low to mid-end box-office accomplishments are probably a far cry from their days of glory past as well.

Samsung Galaxy Avant

Unless you’re willing to cough up north of $150, the Avant on MetroPCS is your only option to go low-cost Samsung. A stellar option, don’t get us wrong, as long as you hurry, with a 4.5-inch 960 x 540 TFT screen, quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 SoC, 16 GB internal storage (!!!), 1.5 GB RAM, 5 MP camera with LED Flash, and 2,100 mAh battery.

Last but not least, pre-installed Android 4.4 KitKat and, presumably, 5.0 Lollipop on the way.

ZTE ZMax – $99 at MetroPCS

If this was a competition like last year, the ZMax would have taken the trophy home so breezily you’d have wondered why there was even a contest in the first place. Granted, you’re unlikely to see the $99 price tag stick. In fact, it could go up as I’m typing this. No, not yet. But soon…

ZTE ZMax

Before it does, let’s remember and cherish this moment. The moment determined, prompt folks were able to nab for $100 a gigantic, handsome and robust 5.7-inch Android with KitKat on-board, 720p display resolution, 2, yes, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage space, microSD support, 8 MP main snapper, 1.6 MP front camera, and 3,400 mAh battery.

And yes, we know some of you aren’t comfortable with holding a beastly 5.7 incher in your hands, or tucking it in your trou pockets. But you’ll just have to make the “sacrifice” if you want the very best a Benjamin can buy free of contractual obligations.

Black Friday 2014 Android guide: what to expect from carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and more)

Black Friday 2014 is almost upon us, and we were this close to send y’all out for your holiday Android shopping without consideration for carrier deals. Rookie mistake on our part, and we apologize for it, although in our defense, it was only in the last couple of days that the promotions started cascading from the likes of Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile.

Black Friday crowd

And let’s not forget Cricket Wireless, US Cellular, Boost Mobile, MetroPCS and Virgin Mobile. These smaller fighters in the service operator arena often try to compensate for their low profiles with outstanding discounts, diverting the spotlight away from the “Big Four” for at least a week or so.

But let’s cut to the chase, shall we? Here’s what the magnificent carrier nine have in store for Android addicts this Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday:

Verizon

Courtesy dictated we begin with the most popular wireless provider stateside, and surprisingly, we’re getting off on the right foot here. Big Red’s generosity is extremely uncharacteristic, suggesting el primo carrier of the nation might be feeling AT&T’s heat. Perhaps Sprint and T-Mo’s too, even if the user base gap is enormous at the moment.

Xperia Z3v

Highly recommended deals:

  • Sony Xperia Z3v – free with two-year contracts (down from $200 currently at both Verizon and Amazon)
  • Motorola Droid Turbo – $100 with carrier agreements ($100 off and an all-time low)
  • Second-gen Motorola Moto X in Verizon-exclusive “football leather” flavor – free with contracts (wacky, tacky but cool)
  • LG G Watch – $99 (oldie but goldie)

You can probably do better:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – $199 with pacts ($100 off and just too darn expensive for an on-contract smartphone)
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 – free after $50 mail-in rebate (rebate, Verizon, really?!)
  • Jawbone Up24 – $99 (already available at $99 on Amazon)

Editor’s note: Of the four highly recommended special offers, just one is restricted to Black Friday only – the Xperia Z3v deal. The other three can theoretically be had from Friday to Sunday, if stocks last.

AT&T

We’re receiving mixed signals as to what Ma Bell is prepping for the holidays, with HTC’s RE Camera, for instance, tipped to go down $50 by some sources, and a full $100 by others. All in all, we believe the $100 reduction will be valid on Black Friday, and the $50 trim shall remain instated through January 8.

AT&T store

Speaking of January 8, AT&T has a couple of special bundles to sell on the cheap all the way until next year. Namely, Samsung Galaxy Alpha purchases on Next will let you have the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 at a measly 99 cents, and 2014 Moto X buys come with $50 savings towards the 360 or Hint.

Weak and convoluted, AT&T. The former can be said about Pebble and Samsung Gear Fit’s imminent $99 deals. Which only leaves these two as must-buys:

Sprint

You thought AT&T’s deals were uninteresting? Wait until you hear what Sprint’s definition of cheap stocking stuffers looks like. Starting Thanksgiving Day, qualifying clients looking to lease or score a Galaxy S5 or S5 Sport on Easy Pay will get $200 off.

Galaxy S5 Sport

Instead of coughing up around $30 a month for two years, you’ll be paying the Now Network just $20 for a grand total of $480. Too… darn… complicated, Sprint. Meanwhile, the S4 at no charge with two-year contracts is by no means anything new or attractive. Oh, well, there’s always next year to try again.

T-Mobile

The leading “UnCarrier” jumped the gun and started the festivities already, letting Magenta fans nab an Alcatel OneTouch Pop 7 tablet completely for free with qualifying Mobile Internet plans. That’s $0 upfront, and installments of… $0 a month. The downside? It’s an in-store deal only.

T-Mobile Black Friday

Online, the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S5 cost $417 and $510 respectively in the long run, with no charge outright and $17 and $21 monthly payments. Decent but nothing to write home about.

US Cellular

Seemingly content with its steady number five position in the US operator ranks, USC looks like it’s not even trying to grow. For Pete’s sake, their “batch” of Black Friday 2014 deals stars one lousy gadget. Just the one.

G Pad

And yes, the LG G Pad 7.0 is a fairly solid bargain, at $0.01 with pacts, price valid already. But what if you want a higher-end tab? A discounted smartphone? Well, then US Cellular is probably not the carrier for you.

Cricket Wireless

Did we or did we not “warn” you the smaller players of the wireless service game go the extra mile in slashing their prices near the holidays? Cricket, which is technically one of AT&T’s daughter companies, proves it better than anyone, discounting among others Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and S5 by a whopping 50 percent.

Cricket Black Friday

Half off, that’s right, and for once, we don’t mean an on-contract gimmick dropping $200 to $100 or, even worse, $100 to $50. Cricket takes half off the prepaid, no-contract S4 or S5, bringing them down to, wait for it, $215 and $295 respectively.

And because Cricket doesn’t just cherish its power user subscribers, here are an extra few promos on lower-end devices:

Virgin Mobile

Sprint hits back at AT&T in the prepaid subsidiary duel, with an assortment of promos meant to satisfy basically anybody that doesn’t want the best of the best in mobile tech nowadays. True, Virgin has a deal on the high-end Galaxy S5, but their bona fide winners are the much less impressive S3, LG Volt or LG Optimus F3.

Virgin Black Friday

Boost Mobile

Another Sprint subsidiary, more or less the same promos, savings and even products on sale. The differences are Boost’s lineup is a little lighter, and its deals aren’t live yet. That said, your best bets at Boost Mobile once they start out the sale are probably Samsung’s Galaxy S3, LG’s Volt or Optimus F3, and Kyocera’s Hydro Vibe.

Boost-Mobile

All uber-cheap, all 4G LTE-enabled, all a tad short of being described as powerhouses by late 2014 standards.

MetroPCS

We’ve left Metro, T-Mobile’s sister operator, for last not because its promotions are the worst, but on account of the prepaid specialist’s secrecy. Yeah, yeah, yeah, Black Friday isn’t here yet, but it’d be nice to know some specifics about Metro’s upcoming “bargains” to see if they’re worth the wait.

Right now, all we know for sure is some no-contract smartphone purchases made in some physical stores will be eligible for BOGO deals with some other handhelds. Otherwise put, you may or may not get two phones at the price of one.

MetroPCS Black Friday

The Galaxy S5 is likely the headliner of the sale, but you’re unlikely to be able to bundle it with a second S5. At best, an LG Optimus L70, Samsung Galaxy Avant or something.

Before saying our good-byes, remember our promise. Anything you need on Thursday, Friday and next Monday on the low-cost Android buying front, we’re here for you.