T-Mobile has some interesting news today, dropping new prepaid plans directly from the T-Mobile brand. I say ‘directly from the T-Mobile brand’ because the new prepaid plans aren’t all that different from the ones offered by MetroPCS, T-Mobile’s dedicated prepaid arm that they merged with in 2013.
The Simply Prepaid plans all offer unlimited text and minutes, with varying amounts of 4G LTE data. The cheapest plan, at $40, gives you 1 GB, while the $50 plan nets you 3 GB and the $60 plan nets you 5 GB. Those are all identical to MetroPCS’ prepaid plans save for the $60 plan, which gives you unlimited 4G LTE through MetroPCS. For all prepaid MetroPCS and T-Mobile plans, you will get unlimited data, with a dropoff in network speed after you exceed your 4G LTE allotment. The unlimited data part of the deal makes these plans more desirable than a lot of other prepaid plans on the market that cut you off completely once you hit your data cap.
T-Mobile and MetroPCS both use T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network, so you’ll be getting the same service. If you have a CDMA phone, MetroPCS still has a legacy CDMA network, but that’s set to be decommissioned later this year, so that probably shouldn’t factor into your decision making. In fact, if you’re not going for that $60 unlimited 4G LTE MetroPCS plan, you’re better off just flipping a coin.