Claiming to cover 90 percent of the continental United States, Metro PCS limits its service to folks living in 14 core geographical areas centered in major cities. An unlimited talk, text, and data plan can be had for as little as $40 per month. That said, if you want to make sure you don’t get charged additional fees, opt for the $50 plan that includes HTML Advanced Web Browsing¯ and Corporate Email.¯
Flagship handsets include the LG Optimus M, which for $229 gives you Android 2.2. BlackBerry users can choose the $249 Curve 8530. Like the BlackBerry option on Virgin Mobile, this handset is older and doesn’t run the latest BlackBerry 6 operating system. Metro PCS also sells a Samsung Craft handset that accesses the carrier’s fledgling LTE 4G network. However, the $299 price doesn’t seem justified for a phone that runs a proprietary Samsung OS, and early test results of the network have not yielded impressive results.
Pros: Unlimited data plans start at $40. LG Optimus M provides the full Android experience. No contracts.
Cons: Need to live in one of 14 service areas. Handset selection could be better.
4G Coverage: Offers LTE 4G in Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Tampa with more regions expected.