MetroPCS vs Cricket & MetroPCS Review

Another Phone Service Review

Short Review:  I have received a lot of questions after my Cricket Review to compare Cricket with MetroPCS.  Simply put, in East Tennessee, Cricket kills MetroPCS in coverage BUT MetroPCS kills Cricket in speed.  And guess what?  The areas I use a cell phone MetroPCS works fine!!  Do the MetroPCS dead spots even matter then?  Well to some they will but not to me!  Cricket has dead spots as well!  All carriers do!!

Comparison:

I compared the $50 Unlimited plan on MetroPCS and the $60 ($55 with autopay) plan on Cricket,  Both plans offer 100% unlimited everything including High Speed LTE.. Neither plan includes HotSpot

Speeds:  Cricket in my town almost always hits 7 – 8Mbps.  MetroPCS hits 45+Mbps the majority of the time BUT during rush hour I have seen it drop as low as 4Mbps..  Cricket will normally hold the 7 – 8.  Both are very useable at all times however.

Features:  Features are nearly identical.  One pro for Cricket is that they offer HD video on the $55 plan.  Metro charges a $10 add-on for HD Video.  Metro does offer a limited plan option that includes HotSpot.  Cricket DOES NOT offer this on their unlimited.

Coverage:  Like I mentioned above, coverage is fairly similar but I have ran into a few areas where MetroPCS doesn’t work like Cricket did.  On the flip side, I have found several areas where Metro works that Cricket didn’t!

Features:  This is one area metro shines.  While both carriers are limited on “base” features, Metro offers several paid features that you can add to your service.  One way these prepaid brands keep their prices lower is the lack of features on the base plan.  Cricket doesn’t offer many add on features but Metro has plenty.  You can pay to have an itemized bill (Can’t with Cricket), you can pay to have numbers blocked (Can’t with Cricket) and the list goes on.  Personally, I don’t need these features but I love having the option for them!!

Overall:  Whos the winner!?!  Well I enjoyed both services a lot.. However, for me, MetroPCS is the service I am sticking with!! Why?  I plan on upgrading to the $60 plan so I can have tethering.  So the value, in my eye, is much better on MetroPCS

Device used for this test: Huawei Mate 9