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Metro by T-Mobile takes a shot at Dish with free 5G phone offer, $25 unlimited data

Metro By T-Mobile Galaxy S20+
Metro By T-Mobile Galaxy S20+ (Image credit: Samuel Contreras / Android Central)

What you need to know

  • Customers that switch to Metro by T-Mobile and trade in any working phone get unlimited service for $25 per month for two years.
  • Switching customers can also get a free 5G phone.
  • Metro by T-Mobile targets Cricket and Boost Mobile customers, pointing out that they can get half-off an unlimited plan with 5G.

T-Mobile is on the offensive, and its most recent target is prepaid customers, specifically those on Cricket Wireless and Boost Mobile. T-Mobile announced starting July 29, customers that switched to Metro by T-Mobile can get an unlimited plan for $25 per month with 5G support. Customers can also get a free 5G phone when they switch. This offer is only open to customers that bring their number to Metro and trade in any working phone.

This is down from the $40 per month plan currently offered to switching customers. The $25 per month price will be available for two years before reverting to full price. Once your term is up, you own the phone, so you can take it with you to another plan or carrier at that time if you want.

To take advantage of this deal, head into a Metro by T-Mobile store starting July 29 with your old phone to trade-in. Metro accepts any phone as long as it works, so if you're still holding on to an old flip phone, it's a good time to upgrade.

Metro points out that this price is half the price of a competing plan from Cricket or Boost Mobile. Cricket only offers 5G support on its most expensive unlimited plan. Boost Mobile's parent company Dish recently announced it would be using AT&T for its coverage in the future after T-Mobile said it would retire the aging CDMA Sprint network.

In a press release (opens in new tab), Jon Freier, Executive Vice President, T-Mobile Consumer Group said:

Our smartphones are our lifelines, and yet a generation of prepaid customers are being left behind in the 5G era by providers and plans that keep them locked on old technology and slow, over-priced connections.If Cricket or Boost won't upgrade their customers to 5G, Metro by T-Mobile sure will. At Metro by T-Mobile, we put customers first.The biggest 5G network at half the price of Boost or Cricket, unlimited data with 5G included AND a free 5G phone? Talk about an easy upgrade.

This isn't the first time T-Mobile has offered a free 5G phone, and even Metro currently has a free 5G phone offer with the 5G version of the Samsung Galaxy A32 available for free with new-line activation.

T-Mobile is the current leader in 5G coverage, and its network hosts several of the best cell phone plans you can get, including other prepaid carriers like Mint Mobile.

When Samuel is not writing about networking or 5G at Android Central, he spends most of his time researching computer components and obsessing over what CPU goes into the ultimate Windows 98 computer. It's the Pentium 3.

1 Comment
  • Free phone? I doubt it, they do that here in the U.K and you end up paying far more in the long run.
    Some people will get excited because of 5G and yet when they get it, they will find that it make little difference if any, that is if it even works. I got myself a cheap Oppo and a sim only contract, no 5G, not point we don't have it here and even if we did I would not pay more for it. Over the years of paying outright for a phone and going for a sim only contract, I have saved a lot of money. People need to keep their phones for more than a couple of years, I think the mobile phone market have produced more waste than almost any other consumer electronics.