JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA -- I have had every big name cell phone carrier. I don't have bad things to say about any except for Sprint. They are atrocious. MetroPCS is the best one I've had in my 13 years of cell phone usage. I have an unlocked ASUS Zenfone 2 right now and my signal is ALWAYS good, with every phone I've had too. I don't know if it's because of the merger with T-Mobile, but I've never had an issue. The pricing: $50 a month for UNLIMITED data. TRULY unlimited. They have NEVER throttled me even at 41gb+!! AND you get 8gb of mobile hotspot for FREE now. Jesus Christ. Get with it people. MetroPCS is the **.
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA -- Bought a HTC phone, nothing but problems with it. Went back 4 times, told me nothing wrong then screen went black. Went back and then said I had to send to manufacturer, take two weeks to get back, then wouldn't even sell me another phone. Bad service, bad company.
NEW LONDON COUNTY, CONNECTICUT -- I work for a Metro PCS Authorized Dealer. ** is right about these authorized dealers. Some of them hire these ghetto-tastic morons who don't actually know how to do ANYTHING! It amazes me when I go into some other stores and start dealing with them as a secret shopper. It's insulting to me that this is what I am perceived as when I put on my Metro gear.
First up, upgrades are only ONE $15 charge. Some places charge for moving contacts and data files, others don't. That's dependent on the dealer you are at. You have a manufacturer's warranty good for one year since activation. Most Metro's in my area have an XBM Warranty Swap set up. It takes a few days for it to come in and if it is under 30 days since first activated then it costs NOTHING. Over 30 days costs $15.
When upgrading, there is no additional charge to keep the number you already have. It is a device change and would only change your device, SIM card number if necessary and your plan ONLY IF NEED BE! Generally, you do not need to change your bill to a higher rate plan for an upgrade or for better reception! You do not need to buy a phone with an accessory to get any rebates or discounts as far as I have seen thus far. Some Metro dealers may have a coupon code or bundle package they make themselves to give some package saving incentives. This is set by the individual dealer, not Metro PCS.
These Authorized Dealers are like car dealers. They aren't really an official Honda or Toyota businesses. They are AUTHORIZED to deal in sales involving those products. They can do whatever they want with guidelines for basics from the host company. Same with Metro. Metro Promise is under 7 days and under 1 hour of talk time. Very strict. This goes for every single Metro dealer. It also must include box, charger and instruction manual as well as be in new condition. There is sometimes a restocking fee but less and less places have them now. This may not be something set by Metro PCS or it might be waived.
Do not buy online. Just a hassle and not worth it. Buy from inside a store. When calling customer service, never use the 888 number. Use the 1-800-373-2876 number and choose the dealer option. Almost instant contact with a representative Customer option has been streamlined but still has one or two prompts beforehand. Not a hassle but sometimes too long for the arrogant ones.
Keep your cool. We honestly do want to work with you in the reputable locations but we are also tied by our Authorized Dealer title. There are some things we really can't do because we aren't allowed the permissions or rights to do so. Merging accounts, canceling lines other such things have to be done at a corporate location or over the phone.
If you are doing a payment plan in a store that offers it, know that once it is set it is out of our hands. Your money and their payments are totally outside our system at that point. We can't do anything. If you can pay in cash, do it. Payments over time over the 30, 45 or 90 day same as cash options are going to include interest. You will have to contact them to set up the same as cash options.
SIM cards are only $10 plus some tax. Upgrade fee is $15. So, upgrading to a BYOD costs only $25 plus some tax on the SIM card only. Do not cancel your line before doing a return! Let us do the return and then cancel! Automatic payments are not something we can set up or manage. That can only be done by you online or possibly over the phone.
Avoid the $3 terminal fee. Use the MyMetro app on your phone to pay your bill flat with no tax or terminal fee or pay online at MetroPCS.com. You can either make an account or pay as a guest. Every store has a terminal fee. It is hardwired into our POS system. We can't remove or waive it. Trust me, I've tried a lot.
Getting snippy, angry, arrogant, belligerent or yelling/cursing in front of children or customers will get you evicted from the store. I will not have my customers dealing with your nonsense. This is the one time in which I don't try and do everything I can for you. I have paid the terminal fees out of pocket for people before, paid tax, covered SIM cards and all sorts of things for the sake of helping my customers.
If you decide to act foolish in my store, empty or otherwise with children present or not, I will no longer give you the respect or courteously I do for my other customers. I work too hard and handle too much to listen to it. I can forgive some acting up, we're all understanding here, but there's a limit. Respect it and I will do whatever I can for you.
DALLAS, TEXAS -- After being one of their original customers in the Tampa Bay Area (back from 2004), I decided to get myself a 4G LTE phone when I saw it advertised for $49 In-store only. I figured that I could afford that and give my husband my LG Optimus M+. When I drove to the St. Petersburg, Florida Corporate store on 22nd Avenue North, I had to wait 5 minutes (which is in itself a miracle compared to the normal 1 hour wait. Of course, it was at 10:30am). I walked up to the counter and stated that I wanted to get the LG Motion that was advertised for $49 on the website.
The customer service representative stated that it was only for NEW customers and that the phone would cost me $168, PLUS a $15 upgrade fee, PLUS another $15 to transfer my phone to my husband's number. REALLY? After all of the thousands of dollars that I have spent on continuous service and cellular phones for almost TEN YEARS, they want to charge me $198 (not including taxes) for a phone they are advertising for $49? **.
I'm sorry, but their motto is "Wireless for All"... then why am I being singled out because I'm an existing customer? Also, after going back to their website and looking at the promotional offer, you have to click through to three screens before you get to the terms and conditions (which is white lettering on a light gray background) that state "new activation only on a new line of service". In addition, if you have a pop-up blocker, you won't even see the Terms and Conditions. Seriously how many people are going to take the time to click through 3 screens to see if they "qualify" for the promotion? NOT most normal people!
I contacted their customer service department with my complaint, only to be put on hold for 15 minutes and 38 seconds waiting for a "supervisor". I contacted the MetroPCS Corporate office in Tampa, FL and had to leave a message for their "Customer Escalation Department", for which I received a telephone call back. The guy on the other end asked me the problem, when I stated to him how difficult it was to locate the terms and conditions, plus the time it took me to drive and wait at their Corporate store, only to walk out empty handed, plus telling him that the $49 4G LTE phone is what I could afford not the $198 that I was quoted in the store.
His response was "I can't do anything about the phone price, but I can waive the $15 upgrade fee as a onetime courtesy." REALLY? You can't do anything about the phone price? Yet, you can sell the phone at $49 to new customers not to someone who has already spent approximately $15,000 on Metro PCS products and services since 2004. I am appalled and definitely do NOT feel like a "valued" customer. "Wireless for All" unless you are already a customer!
PETALUMA, CALIFORNIA -- I was directed to explore 2 or 3 No contract cell phones by a sales person at Best Buy. After looking over the choices, I selected Metro PCS for what appeared to offer good coverage, a reasonable monthly rate, navigation service, and unlimited text, phone, and internet service. Within days, the navigation system stopped working. I was told there was an additional fee for that service which was not explained to me upon purchase.
I agreed to pay the additional fee because as I stated when making the purchase, that was one of the most important features of having a smart phone. After having the phone for a little over a month, I received a text informing me that Metro PCS would no longer be offering the navigation service and that my account would be credited with $5.00.
The only explanation was that Metro PCS could change features at any time and repeated empty apologies for any inconvenience this has caused me. It's a good thing I don't have a contract, but it was a waste of $150.00 to purchase a phone that I won't be able to use. I shouldn't be surprised in this day and age, but it appears that it is rare for a company to have any kind of conscience, and this one is no exception.
SHAKER HEIGHTS, OHIO -- On the date that this bill was due, I spent 45 minutes online, on the phone and calling the company in an attempt to pay my bill. None of the attempts, according to the company, were successful. The following day I again attempted to pay my bill by both going online and attempting to pay on the phone.
At this point I was informed that I had made my maximum attempts to pay my bill and that I would need to wait 24 hours before I could ATTEMPT TO PAY MY BILL AGAIN! In the meantime after being delinquent 1 day because of the company's incompetence, my phone was turned off. In checking my bank balance it became painfully clear that the 40.00 phone bill was removed from my account 6 times!
SEBRING, FLORIDA -- I just spent $200.00 on a new phone on the GSM side of Metro and it is terrible. No 4g at all, spotty 3g and often only 2g service. No one at Metro seems to care, just the same tired scripts read. I attempted to get the unlock code for my phone so I could move it to Net10 or Straight Talk and was told the phone must be active for 90 days to be unlocked.
The service is awful, the customer service sucks, the so-called CSRs don't speak English. When I asked this last time for a supervisor I got told I had to leave a callback number, the supervisor was "not available at this time". Switching from CDMA to GSM was the biggest mistake I have ever made, and T-Mobile has really bad service here.
SEMINOLE, FLORIDA -- Back in March 2013, I went to Metro PCS to buy my son a new Galaxy phone. (I have been a faithful customer for years.) The store owner assured me I would be getting a $70 dollar rebate, one $50 dollar Metro card and another card for $20. She even filled the information out for me and said "just put a stamp on it and mail it." In June I went to the store to pay my bill and asked about the rebate. This very lazy guy looked in my account and said "you have to wait till June is over, these take time".
So now it's July 17th; bill is due, I go in to Seminole Mall to pay and yet again, a completely different girl is sitting there. I paid my bill and asked about the rebate. She said there have been a lot of people having problems with their rebates and gave me a # to call cause she had no clue on how to solve problems!!
I'm at home on the phone with the happiest guy in the world who would do everything he possibly could to give the best customer service possible.... he transferred me to the Rebate Dept.!! Now this Dude took all of maybe 5 minutes to look in my account and notify me that the rebate is invalid because this was an upgrade. **I want my $70 rebate!!!** This is a lot of money to me and I never would have purchased the phone in the first place! Why O Why does the right hand not know what the left is doing?!! And Why O Why is Metro PCS so full of AMERICAN GREED??
ANDERSON/REDDING AREA OFFICES -- It was early March 2012 when my wife and discovered constant high billing rates from Verizon and switched to a wonderful service that had solution to help our budget due to the rainfall of ever rising gas prices, that we found the perfect answer to our cell phone needs. MetroPCS had all the answers. One payment of 50.00 a month, with unlimited long distance, Internet, and texting. Wow, how could any cell phone be better?
Well that was just enough to put my two telephone lines in submission for 6 months, without billing, and try out this new company we both heard so much about. When Verizon learned what we were doing, I do recall her warning, she said we would not be happy. I said in terms of price, allow me to ask you why does Verizon charge 20.00 just for unlimited Internet, along with my 60.00 a month billing of just the cell phone and then an extra 10.00, just for the cz navigator?
Well she said, “We offer the flat rate of 50.00 a month for the phone too.” I contradicted that because I was having her look at my plan I was paying $140.00 for all that, without unlimited minutes, and no Internet. Yes Verizon does have a 50.00 a month phone, it's a go phone; and you must buy a phone, then pay $50.00 then purchase additional time cards, so the price begins to skyrocket out of hand. Not to mention, the lashing you experience seeing your minutes disappeared without using them.
Believe it or not, this happened to us so this was the reasoning for us to see this new innocent Phone program at PCS Metro everything for no haggle cost of just 50.00 a month. Just entering the store was an experience, people COMING in and out. Both my wife and I, had many thoughtful questions, on proper phones, good camera ability, and simplicity of use.
We found out quickly something odd and being a 22 year veteran, with prominent espionage experience, I caught the fact when someone goes to sign up they have to give up some valid privacy information namely: "All new customers, must register with social security number, date of birth, address of course, and haa telephone number."
Well there is another, it's a bank card, debit card, or your automatic check withdrawal authorization. I felt like I was being booked at any local police station, which is automatic No NO. You never ever give any company so many informational tools to ever use them against you.
I was hesitant, and many questions because the password to my account was my birthdate, including year, so nothing is hidden. Not only that the employees were young Latinos or other mixed races. Which did not bother me at all. More concerning was the age. Nonetheless, we got our phones. One a new LG Beacon, this was registered in my account under my name. I was able to receive another LG Beacon on the Internet, through Ebay. The former new LG was insured, on my account. I got another phone, which I enjoyed and hooked it up, and loved it.
Shortly thereafter in early May, this phone is stolen, by a man named **, at least he identified himself as that name, said he found it and would gladly send it to us in the mail. He wanted to do this instead of taking it back to the building where he was attending class for some seminar, so being several hundred miles away, we found he really had no intentions of sending it to us, we disconnected and then activated my new LG different than my wife's.
I quickly enjoy the new LG Beacon, and in some short time she loses it or it is stolen. She goes to Anderson office to file a claim. I have pay 45.00 to activate the claim then it arrives a few days later. Thus begins a strange and deeper fraud. The phone LG BEACON will not stay charged. The very minute you take it from charge status it goes dead. So Metro in Anderson says we must buy a new battery. I say, “NO, I have an insurance plan and I prepaid my deductible so I should be entitled to good working phone.” Meantime, my wife wants a different phone with better camera functions. She buys one for a great price through Ebay, and gets it fired up.
What we both experience at MetroPCS is very difficult billing over time. If we find it easier to pay at the store, they ding us 2.00 to 3.00. It was once real easy. I went to website, pushed the button to pay my bill, it simply asked me for my telephone number, and after I entered it, the bill was paid. That was only the first month. After it asked me to become a member of an elite bill paying club that mandated you give up your credit card number, and allow them access to and out of your account, which I turned down and since that date, it now costs me an additional 3.00 to use the eb page to pay my bill.
Hence, both store and website now wants an extra fee of 3.00! Actually, this a accuse extortion at work. But chose it over because I don't allow any company access money in and out of my checking account. Only bill pay, that is because they can only go out. Very important to remember. Lately, I now had my LG Beacon stolen from me in Williams Ca, at truck stop. A cell phone is automatically stolen when the person who finds it makes so sufficient effort to return it. This can be hours or it can be days. So thus now brings on my major complaint with that wonderful plan from MetroPCS and its managers.
I bring in my Beacon LG and ask them to activate it to my phone I received as a replacement. The young girl asks me for all my sensitive information then goes on to tell me that my new unactivated phone is in dead file. I ask her what is a DEAD FILE, she explains "This is where the phone goes. We see a customer having a phone that was reported lost or stolen." I quickly remind her this phone was a replacement of a lost or stolen phone that never was recovered!
She says "Well there is nothing I can do, it's listed as a dead phone." I tell her "this is ridiculous, call someone who has some authority to hook my phone up. He is hijacking my new phone that is mine, sent to me and I paid for it. It also requires a test or needs to be troubleshoot and it won't stay charged either. Please let me talk to the manager." I sat and watch this very young employee call her very young manager and let me talk with him. So she did her job.
I found this manager insufficient, unaware of any logical reasoning and he seem to listen but avoided my questions but said he couldn't do anything either but promised to get back with, let's see, this was Aug 17, Friday, and it is now Aug 23. Six days have gone by where I still don't have the use of my phone nor have it fixed.
I have been calling the Anderson Metro office and will proceed to continually call the Redding office as I understand that is where the manager reigns from. If anyone out there in Blog Land can help me get some attention on this manager or access to any senior CEOs of this company, someone must know something, as I have visited the website and metro has a survey but I cannot find any portal or link to it.
Also, MetroPCS has no complaint service where any of their customers can have any redress for any wrong done to them by their company, what awful truth I do find is there is no help at all. I will now take this complaint to both better business bureaus and open a complaint. Also encourage any other customers that have other similar problems to Blog them in great accurate detail. Thanks for reading.
LARGO, FLORIDA -- This has been without a doubt the most miserable consumer experience in my 60 years on this earth. MetroPCS sponsors our MLB Team, so I thought I'd give them a try when my Sprint contract ran out - BIG MISTAKE. I purchased a Samsung Code - the dealer and MetroPCS have a full refund policy if not satisfied within 7 days - full refund of service and phone purchase. Well, maybe. I returned to the store in 5 days and complained that my Code would not download apps or ringtones. I was told in a condescending manner that I needed money in my account. I explained I had purchased with credit card which was charged without a bit of difficulty.
Then they looked at my phone, and told me there was nothing wrong. I asked them to show me how to download apps and ringtones - they tried and couldn't. I was told since it's a "new service" you'll need to wait for your phone to "update". Went home skeptical, but gave them a try. The following Monday (8 days after purchase) I returned to the store and again complained but was told I was too late to return for full refund even though they told me I needed to wait a few more days (probably so they didn't have to honor their guarantee).
At this point they told me there was nothing wrong with the phone but, I should take it to the Service Store anyway. At the service store I spent 4 consecutive Friday afternoons trying to get the phone to down load apps and ringtones. Finally, they exchanged my phone and assured me that 'all is right now' - of course I decided to check before leaving the store. Sitting in the waiting area, I once again tried to download the same apps and ringtones. You guessed it, I STILL couldn't do it although "everything was alright now".
At this point the assistant store manager gave me his business card, and told me that he would personally take care of it, and I didn't need to continue to come in every week. He'd get back to me. After two weeks of not hearing anything I called his cell number on his card - no answer, but I left a call back message. A few days later I again called and left a request for him to call me back. Another few days and once again I left a message. Never heard a thing back from him.
Completely perplexed I (for the first time in my life) filed a complaint with the Department of Justice and Consumer Affairs. A very nice lady there handled my complaint and continued to try to get me some satisfaction from metroPCS. After about two weeks, she informed me that metroPCS refuses to mediate, and that my only remaining option is small claims court.
Needless to say, I have returned to Sprint for my cellular needs. My new Droid worked first time, and ever time since establishing my new service - Oh yeah, and the phone was free! So, I'm out $250.00 and four months service from metroPCS - and am considering pursuing a small claims court suit. I would not recommend MetroPCS to anyone and would suggest that any current customer consider abandoning them if they should have any difficulty with their service or phone. There is little chance, if any, that MetroPCS will make it right.