This blog post will provide you with detailed information about Metropcs sim cards on T-mobile phones. It covers topics like the eligibility criteria to unlock-Tmobile phones, the procedure of unlocking T-mobile phones, and the Steps to use a T-mobile phone with a MetroPCS sim card

Do Metropcs sim cards work on T-mobile phones?

Yes, MetroPCS sim cards work on a T-mobile phone, provided that the phone is unlocked. Both Metro PCS and T-mobile use the same network and operate at the same frequency. So ideally, you can put a MetroPCS sim card in a T-mobile phone without affecting the speed and quality of service.

What is a  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 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 a very important factor because of which one can easily switch from T-Mobile to Metro. 

Is Metro the same as T-mobile?

T-Mobile and Metro are not the same. Both are owned by the same telecom industry and both use the same network. T-Mobile is a postpaid service provider and uses its towers. Metro is a prepaid mobile service provider.

 Even the plans, customer care service, phones, promotion, and benefits remain separate for both the companies. Both the companies will send their devices separately as well. But the brand of the metro is owned by T- mobile and it uses T-Mobile’s towers. 

Key features of Metro pcs

  •  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.

What is a sim card?

The sim card in a phone contains the information which is used to authenticate the subscribers to connect to the network. It is portable and can be used on any compatible device.

Benefits of MetroPCS sim card

  • Metropcs offers a universal starter kit that includes a micro sim card, a nano sim card, and an adaptor required for the standard sim card.
  • All metro plans are prepaid so you can pay upfront and select the required features.
  • 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.
  • Metropcs sim cards are compatible with unlocked android phones as well as iPhones.
  • You may be eligible to get a free or discounted cell phone if you switch to an unlimited metro plan from another network carrier.
  • You can continue with your old phone number.
  • You can upgrade the plan to avail of some international service

What is the Metro universal sim card kit?

You can bring your own phone and you can keep your phone number also. You can buy Metropcs universal sim card and avail the benefits of Metro prepaid plans starting from $30.The Metro universal sim card kit contains a micro sim card, a nano sim card, and an adaptor required for the standard sim card.

Steps to use T-mobile phone with MetroPCS sim card

  • Check that your phone is unlocked and compatible with Metro. 
  • Select MetroPCS plan. 
  • Get the new SIM card and activate it. 
  • If you want to continue your existing phone number then inform the MetroPCS representative. 
  • Finally, insert a SIM card into your phone device. 

Is there any initial cost to switch to Metro? 

If you are switching to Metro from any other network carrier then initially you will need to pay $10 SIM card fees. Along with this, you will have to pay for the phone plan which you have selected for Metro. 

Metro includes all taxes and fees in their monthly plan. 

Dose a Metro-PCS SIM card work with an iPhone? 

Yes, 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. 

Steps to use the Metropcs sim card 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. 

Is it worth using a MetroPCS sim card on a T-mobile phone?

  • MetroPCS offers almost the same features as that of T- mobile, at lower prices.
  •  It is a prepaid service provider. 
  • Subscribers can avail a range of plans to match the budgets and needs.
  • Many plans offered by the metro PCS are cheaper than corresponding  T-Mobile plans.
  • Some data-saving features of Metro PCS prevent you from overages. 
  • Metro PCS offers a variety of budget phones. You can avail all low price metro phones that satisfy particular needs.

Eligibility criteria to unlock T-mobile phone

One can unlock T-mobile phone devices, provided that the following criteria are satisfied.

  • The cell phone must be sold by T-mobile.
  • The cell phone should not be reported as blocked or lost.
  •  An account concerned with the device must be active.
  • Depending upon prepaid or postpaid plans, the device should satisfy all necessary unlock requirements.
  •  You cannot unlock more than two lines in a year.
  • All your bills must be clear.

How to Unlock a T-mobile device?

To unlock a T-mobile phone, you need to enter an unlock code.

The following steps are used to unlock the T-mobile device.

  • First, check whether your cell phone is eligible for unlocking.
  • Make a request to customer care for unlock code.
  • Insert a blocked SIM and switch on the device.
  • Press the select key and enter unlock code.

Unlock using Mobile Device Unlock App

T-mobile has already installed the “DEVICE UNLOCK APP”.

Following steps are used to unlock the T-mobile device using per installed app.

  • Select the ‘make’ of the mobile phone which is locked to T-mobile and then use “ Device Unlock App Service”.
  • You will receive an email that will inform you that the “IMEI” number of your phone is registered on the T-mobile server for unlocking.
  • Insert a new SIM card and select the “permanent unlock” option on the device unlock app.

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. 

Conclusion:

 This blog post addressed the topic, “Do Metropcs sim cards work on T-mobile phones?”. We understood that T-mobile phones can be used with Metro. This article outlined the key features of Metro, unlocking methods for T-mobile phones. It also outlined the detailed procedure of using T- mobile phones with Metro.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Do Metropcs sim cards work on T-mobile phones?

Can you use T-mobile phones on other networks?

Yes, you can. If the T-Mobile phone is unlocked and compatible then it should work with Metro. Most latest phones from T mobile are compatible but you must check the compatibility with the carrier before purchasing. 

Do both Metro PCS and T-mobile have the same network coverage?

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.

Is it worth switching from T-Mobile to Metro? 

 If you are keen about your budget and least bothered about network congestion, then you should give priority to the Metro PCS. 

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. 

What are the porting instructions?

If you want to switch from T-Mobile to Metro, initially you need to call T-Mobile customer service. Request them to release your phone number for port out. This is required to minimize the delays in the porting process.

What are the eligibility criteria to unlock a T-Mobile phone?

One can unlock T-Mobile phone devices, provided that the following criteria are satisfied.

  • The cell phone must have been purchased from T-Mobile. 
  • The cell phone should not be reported as blocked or lost.
  • An account concerned with the Device must be active.
  • Depending upon prepaid or postpaid plans, the Device should satisfy all necessary unlock requirements.

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Michael Timmermann | October 4th, 2019

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Metro by T-Mobile: Everything you need to know By John Callaham

January 30, 2019

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Metro by T-Mobile Cell Phone Review and Plan By Jillian Goltzman

April 28, 2021

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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.