T-Mobile Gives MetroPCS Unlimited Music Streaming, Too
MetroPCS today announced a handful of new features that mirror services offered by its parent company, T-Mobile. First, MetroPCS customers now have access to Music Unlimited, which, like T-Mobile's Music Freedom, lets customers stream unlimited music over LTE without impacting their monthly data allotment. Music Unlimited is compatible with 33 different streaming music services and is available to customers on the $40, $50, or $60 plans. Second, MetroPCS is now offering a service called Data Maximizer, which delivers a three-fold increase in the amount of video users can stream over LTE 4G. With Data Maximizer turned on, customers can watch more video each month at DVD quality (480p). Video consumption is not unlimited, however; the Data Maximizer compression tool simply reduces the amount of video data transmitted over the network so it impacts customer plans less. Customers can toggle Data Maximizer on/off whenever they want. Third, and last, MetroPCS has added more data to its service plans. Moving forward, there are four plans for single/family lines. The entry level plan costs $30 per month and includes unlimited talk and text, and 1GB of data. The $40 plan bumps data to 3GB (from 2GB) and includes Music Unlimited/Data Maximizer. The $50 plan bumps data to 5GB (from 4GB) and includes Music Unlimited/Data Maximizer. The $60 plan includes unlimited data, 8GB of mobile hotspot data (up from 6GB), and Music Unlimited/Data Maximizer. Family plans cost $5 less per line when two or more lines are associated with a single account. Music Unlimited, Data Maximizer, and the new prepaid plans will be available Nov. 19.
T-Mobile Now Selling the Coolpad Defiant for $100
T-Mobile today added the Coolpad Defiant to its roster of inexpensive Android handsets. The phone features a 5-inch screen with 854 by 480 pixels and it is powered by a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor with 8 GB of storage.
Alcatel Announces the Idol 5S with Stereo Speakers
Alcatel today marked the debut of the Idol 5S, the latest in its flagship series. Like its predecessors, the 5S features an aluminum frame, curved glass front and rear surfaces, powerful stereo speakers, and a rear-mounted fingerprint reader.
MetroPCS to Sell Motorola Moto E4 from July 31
T-Mobile today said its prepaid unit MetroPCS will offer the Motorola Moto E4 smartphone beginning July 31. The handset features a metal design, 5-inch 720p HD screen, and 2,800mAh battery.
Samsung Makes the Galaxy J7 and Galaxy J3 Available Unlocked
Samsung today added the Galaxy J7 and Galaxy J3 to its list of unlocked smartphones. The two inexpensive handsets will be available to purchase directly from Samsung's web site as well as select retailers starting July 28.
Sprint Debuts Unlimited Plan of Its Own
Sprint today announced Unlimited Freedom, a service plan that provides unlimited talk, text, and data for two lines at $100 per month. Sprint says the Unlimited Freedom plan offers "optimized streaming" for "video, gaming, and music" and "unlimited LTE data for most everything else." Specifically, video resolution is capped at 480p resolution when streamed over the network, while games are capped at 2Mbps, and music is capped at 500Kbps.