This blog post titled “Can I put MetroPCS SIM card in an iPhone ” will provide you with the details of using a MetroPCS SIM card in an iPhone. It also includes a brief history of MetroPCS, Steps to use the Metro carrier in iPhone, and Bringing your phone service by MetroPCS. 

Can I put a Metro-PCS SIM card in an iPhone? 

Yes, You can put a MetroPCS SIM card in an iPhone. If you have activated the MetroPCS SIM card then it will work with iPhone 6, iPhone 7, and any other new iPhone models. But an important criterion is that the phone must be unlocked. As well as it should be compatible with Metro pcs. 

A brief history of Metro pcs 

MetroPCS is simply known as Metro.

It is a prepaid mobile service provider. But the brand of the metro is owned by T- mobile.

 Earlier it was the 5th largest mobile network in the USA and it was using code-division multiple access (CDMA). In 2015, all customers using the MetroPCS CDMA network were migrated to their LTE network. 

At that time T-Mobile had about 32 million subscribers and MetroPCS had around 9 million subscribers. In 2018, T-Mobile relaunched the new brand as Metro by T-Mobile. 

When the name was changed T- mobile subscribers had increased to  75 million and Metro’s mobile subscribers to 18 million. Nowadays Metro PCS is simply known as Metro by T-Mobile. 

Metro ( formerly MetroPCS)  offers almost the same features as that of T- mobile, at lower prices. It makes use of T-Mobile’s network. It is a prepaid service provider. Subscribers can avail themselves of a range of plans to match the budgets and the specific needs

Is MetroPCS GSM or CDMA?

Metro PCS is owned by T-Mobile. It makes use of  T-mobile’s network. Since T-Mobile is a GSM network carrier, Metro is also a GSM network carrier. This is an important factor because of which one can easily use t mobile sim card on Metro phones

Metro plans

The range of prepaid plans is from $ 30 to $60.The following table shows a comparative analysis of different prepaid plans, offered by MetroPCS.



PlanPriceText and TalkDataStreamingHotspot
2GB$30Unlimited2GB480pNot included
10GB$40Unlimited10GB480pNot included
Basic Unlimited$50UnlimitedUnlimited480p5GB
Better Unlimited$60UnlimitedUnlimited480p15GB

Network coverage 

For the 4G network, T mobile covers 62% of the country. T mobile provides a good coverage network in city areas and suburbs. 

Metro PCS makes use of the network of T-Mobile. Ultimately you can avail yourself of the same advantage of network coverage as that of T- mobile subscribers. But in case of network congestion, whenever there is heavy traffic, more priority is given to the T-mobile subscribers.

Prerequisites for transferring the number from other wireless carriers to Metro 

To transfer the current phone number from other wireless carriers to Metro, the following prerequisites should be satisfied.

  • Gather your current network account information that includes your account number, password or PIN, and Billing zip code.
  • The current phone number must be active.
  • If the phone number is deactive, then it must be activated again to transfer to Metro.
  • The information for port-out requests sent by Metro must match with information already stored in the system of your current network carrier. 

How to check the IMEI number of iPhones? 

  • Go to Settings > General, then About.

 Or

  • On the dial pad screen, press *#06#, and you will see the IMEI. 
  • Some phones require you to press the send key after the code.

Steps to use the Metro carrier in iPhone 

If you want to continue your existing phone number and you want to insert a Metro SIM card in an iPhone then the following steps are used. 

  • Ensure that your iPhone is unlocked. 
  • Check the compatibility of your phone. 
  • Purchase the Metro SIM card. 
  • Activate the SIM card online and choose the metro plan as per your requirements. 

What is “Bring your phone service?” 

Metro PCS has recently launched” bring your phone service “at some locations. If you have an unlocked GSM phone then you can use the Metro PCS service. 

If you have an unlocked phone, you just have to purchase a metro PCS sim card to avail of this service. You don’t have to make a contract for the entire year. 

You can choose the plans every month. The plans are available at the lowest rate starting from $ 30. 

You can also port your number, which means you can continue your old number with this service. But porting is possible only if you don’t have any contract with the previous service provider. 

Are all iPhones compatible with MetroPCS? 

The iPhones which are making use of the GSM service of T-Mobile and AT&T, are compatible with Metro PCS. This is because these iPhones use a  SIM card and Metro PCS also offers a new SIM card. 

But sprint and Verizon phones make use of CDMA technology. So these phones are not compatible with the” bring your phone service.” In the case of CDMA, there is no option to put a SIM card, so these phones are not compatible. 

But some newer Spring and Verizon’s iPhone 5supports both CDMA and GSM technology. So these phones are compatible. 

Is it possible to use CDMA iPhone with Metro PCS?

The network Carriers, sprint, and Verizon make use of CDMA. Since there is no slot for GSM cards, these iPhones cannot be directly used with Metro PCS. 

But you can flash the phone so that it will be compatible with Metro PCS. The term flashing is related to reprogramming the phone.

 It is similar to unlocking a GSM device. The flashing is used for CDMA devices. But flashing the phone is a third-party operation. 

Will there be any effects on internet speeds? 

For the iPhone, Metro TCS offers three different plans:  $40, $50, and $60. All plants are inclusive of unlimited text, voice, and data. iPhone 5 works on 4G LTE, so you can expect 4G internet speed. But for other iPhones, internet speed will be 3g or 3G Plus.

Can I put the already activated MetroPCS SIM card in an iPhone? 

If you have an already activated Metro sim card then it will work smoothly with iPhone 6, iPhone 7, and any other new iPhone models. 

Call customer care for transferring the service to your new iPhone.

 The older phone must be switched off during the process. 

You should have an IMEI number handy to carry out the transfer process smoothly. 

You can use a Wi-Fi connection during this transfer process because the data package will not work on the new iPhone. 

Conclusion:

This blog explains to you all the ways by which you can put a MetroPCS SIM card in an iPhone. This blog gives you details about checking compatibility with the MetroPCS network and steps to activate your phone with the MetroPCS network. 

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQS): Can I put a MetroPCS SIM card in an iPhone? 

Is MetroPCS GSM or CDMA?

Metro PCS is owned by T-Mobile. It makes use of  T-mobile’s network. Since T-Mobile is a GSM network carrier, Metro is also a GSM network carrier. This is an important factor because of which one can easily use t mobile sim card on Metro phones

How to check the IMEI number of iPhones? 

  • Go to Settings > General, then About.

 Or

  • On the dial pad screen, press *#06#, and you will see the IMEI. 
  • Some phones require you to press the send key after the code.

What is “Bring your phone service?”  

Metro PCS has recently launched” bring your phone service “at some locations. If you have an unlocked GSM phone then you can use the Metro PCS service. 

If you have an unlocked phone, you just have to purchase a metro PCS sim card to avail of this service. You don’t have to make a contract for the entire year. 

You can choose the plans every month. The plans are available at the lowest rate starting from $ 40. 

Is it possible to use a CDMA iPhone with Metro PCS?

The network Carriers, Sprint, and Verizon make use of CDMA. Since there is no slot for GSM cards, these iPhones cannot be directly used with Metro PCS. 

But you can flash the phone so that it will be compatible with Metro PCS. The term flashing is related to reprogramming the phone.

 It is similar to unlocking a GSM device. The flashing is used for CDMA devices. But flashing the phone is a third-party operation. 

What are the key features of Metro? 

  • Many plans offered by the metro PCS are cheaper than corresponding   T-Mobile plans. 
  • Availability of a large variety of plans at affordable prices. 
  • Some data-saving features prevent you from overages. 
  • Offers a variety of budget phones. 

Are all cell phones locked?

  All cell phones are not locked. The cell phone purchased from a carrier under contract is locked. However, if you purchase a phone directly from the manufacturers, it is unlocked. In this case, you can easily switch from one carrier to another. 

References:

Unlocked iPhones Can Now Be Used With Metro PCS Service

By Metro Rumors. 

Unlocking iPhone 7, iPhone 6, iPhone 5 with Metro PCS Sim Cards 

https://www.google.com/amp/s/innov8tiv.com/unlocking-iphone-7-iphone-6-iphone-5-metro-pcs-sim-cards-guide/

MetroPCS Now Lets You Use Unlocked GSM Phones

By Alex Colon June 12, 2013

https://www.pcmag.com/news/metropcs-now-lets-you-use-unlocked-gsm-phones?amp=true

How to Switch Phones on MetroPCS?

https://www.google.com/amp/s/buybackboss.com/switch-phones-metropcs/amp/

How to unlock your iPhone for use with a different carrier

https://support.apple.com/en-in/HT201328

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John has 22 years of experience in financial services. This spans across financial research, financial services (As a qualified mortgage broker and underwriter), financial trading and sales at global investment banks. While working as a publishing research analyst, he covered European bank credit and advised institutional clients on investment strategies at both JP Morgan and Societe Generale. John has passed all three levels of the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) programme.

John has 22 years of experience in financial services. This spans across financial research, financial services (As a qualified mortgage broker and underwriter), financial trading and sales at global investment banks. While working as a publishing research analyst, he covered European bank credit and advised institutional clients on investment strategies at both JP Morgan and Societe Generale. John has passed all three levels of the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) programme.