Mobile relaunches prepaid service with Amazon and Google perks

T-Mobile rebrands prepaid line to emphasize network coverage

In brief: T-Mobile next month will rebrand its prepaid service to Metro by T-Mobile, shedding the PCS suffix and hopefully, the negative stigma associated with prepaid wireless services. Along with this re-branding, Metro is updating its rate plans by replacing its tiered data plans with two main unlimited plans starting at $50 ($60 for the higher-tiered one).

T-Mobile touts that Metro will offer "a wide variety of Android and iOS smartphones" across price points, including new releases. T-Mobile is betting that its service hits a sweet spot for cost-conscious users, and it might be on the right track.

Importantly, Keys said T-Mobile initiated its MetroPCS rebranding effort roughly a year ago-prior to the April merger agreement between Sprint and T-Mobile-and that the rebranding will move forward regardless of whether the merger is successful. T-Mobile says theres a common misconception of prepaid networks in the U.S. market which are synonymous with crappy phones, limited coverage, and bad credit and it hopes that Metro will put these misconceptions to rest.

Metro by T-Mobile today has more than 18 million customers, a figure the company says has doubled over the last five years.

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Metro by T-Mobile starts at $30 a month for 2 GB of LTD data with taxes and fees included.

Metro by T-Mobile will also use the same network as T-Mobile, which has LTE coverage that reaches more than 323 million people. Also, video streams on Metro by T-Mobile will be limited to 480p resolution. With this plan, you'll get 15GB of LTE mobile hotspot per month and a subscription to Amazon Prime along with your Google One cloud storage.

The $50 plan comes with 5GB of LTE tethering, Google One, and unlimited data. But the change in name isn't the other thing that's being altered following the rebranding. In the meantime, head down to the comments section and tell us what you think about these new plans - do they offer good value for the money or are they a bit on the expensive side?

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