MetroPCS gives you the opportunity to save some money when buying a phone without a contract, though most of its phones are mid- to low-end when considering specs. You don't have to aim low, however: MetroPCS does offer some high-end devices, two of which are featured on this list. Coupled with its affordable plans, you might not be able to pass them up.

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Samsung Galaxy S8

You don't have to settle for less. The Galaxy S8 is the go-to flagship from Samsung and it comes full of great stuff, like a 5.8-inch QHD Super AMOLED display and a Snapdragon 835 processor. It also has a capable 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, a stellar 8-megapixel autofocus front-facing camera, and 64GB of internal memory plus an expansion slot, so you can shoot as many selfies as your heart desires.

And if you're worried about the lasting lifespan of the Galaxy S8, fear not: it's IP68 water and dust resistant. One thing to remember is that the Galaxy S9 will make its way to carriers in late March — while we don't know how long it'll take to come to MetroPCS, you should know you can wait and get a brand new phone rather than 2017's flagship.

Samsung Galaxy S8 review

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Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime

Samsung Galaxy J7

The goal of the Galaxy J series of phones is to bring some of the unique Samsung style and features down to an affordable price point. For the most part, they succeed — especially in the top of the range with phones like the Galaxy J7 Prime. You don't get the fancy curved display or glass chassis, but you do get a powerful octa-core Exynos processor, solid 5.5-inch display, 8MP f/1.9 camera and a really big 3300mAh battery.

Be sure to grab the 32GB model if you can afford it — you'll thank yourself later when you have plenty of room for apps and media in the future.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro review

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LG Stylo 3 Plus

LG Stylo 3 Plus

The LG Stylo series has carved out a neat little market of people who want a big phone with decent specs and a stylus, as it's pretty much the only device to offer this set of features aside from an older Galaxy Note. With the LG Stylo 3 Plus you get a big 5.7-inch display, some capable internals and nice-to-have (at this price) 32GB of storage.

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Bring your own device

MetroPCS BYOD page

Like most prepaid carriers, MetroPCS also lets you buy a SIM card and bring your own unlocked phone to use on the network. While this isn't as simple as just buying a phone directly from the carrier, it gives you many more phone choices. The only requirement is that the phone has the proper network bands to work on the network — thankfully, MetroPCS uses T-Mobile's network, so it's pretty easy to find devices that have the right bands for you.

When making a decision, be sure to read our recommendations for the best unlocked phones. Once you pick one out, you can buy a SIM kit for just $10.

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Update February 2018: The Galaxy S8 is still the best choice on MetroPCS, at least until the Galaxy S9 launches.