T-Mobile's prepaid brand, MetroPCS, is offering free smartphones to customers switching over from rival carriers. According to an announcement made earlier today, the carrier will give away a free smartphone to anybody bringing their existing number, while adding a second line to the account will land them a second handset for free. The smartphones on offer are admittedly mid-range and entry-level devices, although it's hard to argue with free. The list includes handsets like the Alcatel Fierce 4, LG K10, HTC Desire 530, Samsung Galaxy Core Prime, Samsung Galaxy On5, LG K7, Alcatel TRU, Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL and ZTE Avid Plus, all of which are fairly decent devices for day-to-day usage.
It is important to note here that the offer is valid for anybody porting over from competing carriers such as, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and U.S. Cellular, although T-Mobile users are not eligible for the benefits because T-Mobile obviously wouldn't want to cannibalize its own revenues. The offers have already gone live at all participating MetroPCS stores, although, there's no word on how long the promo will run. So in case you're interested, you may head over to a MetroPCS store nearby to get more details about the offer. The company is also running a second promo that promises to give 2 lines for $60, with each line getting 6GB of high-speed data. This is being advertised as a limited-time deal that will be available only at physical MetroPCS stores, and requires at least one number to be ported in from another carrier.
As far as its regular, year-round plans are concerned, MetroPCS offers unlimited talk, text and 1GB high-speed LTE data at just $30 per month, while $10 extra gets you 3GB of high-speed data plus the obligatory unlimited talk and text. People can also opt for the $50 plan that lands you 5GB of high-speed data, and if even that isn't enough for your monthly needs, you can always choose to pay $60 for unlimited high-speed data. All these plans come with the company's Data Maximizer feature that lowers the streaming video quality to just 480p to make sure that the data allowance doesn't run out with just a few minutes of high-definition video streaming.