MetroPCS slashes base LTE smartphone plan by $10, to $40/month

MetroPCS (NASDAQ:PCS) reduced its entry-level LTE smartphone plan by $10, to $40 per month, a company spokesman confirmed.

Yesterday the flat-rate carrier started offering the $40 plan alongside its $50 and $60 LTE service plans. Customers who buy the Android-based LG Esteem, Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G and Samsung Galaxy Indulge can pair them with the $40 plan, which includes unlimited voice, texting and LTE Web browsing as well as 100 MB of multimedia streaming access. Existing LTE smartphone customers can also choose the $40 plan. Previously, the $40 plan had been restricted to the BREW-based Samsung Craft feature phone, which MetroPCS stopped offering late last year.

MetroPCS had always intended to broaden its $40 plan to all LTE smartphone users, the spokesman said, but the company stopped offering the plan to new LTE customers after it stopped selling the Craft, the carrier's first LTE phone.

MetroPCS offers a $50 plan with unlimited voice, texting, Web, email and 1 GB of multimedia streaming, as well as $60 plans that offer all of that plus unlimited streaming to either the Rhapsody music service or the carrier's MetroStudio video service. The company also intends to add the LG Connect 4G smartphone to its lineup. Additionally, MetroPCS is still testing Voice over LTE technology and plans to launch VoLTE service in 2012.

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