MetroPCS is now offering the BlackBerry Curve 8530 smartphone with a $60 no-contract plan that includes unlimited voice minutes, text messages, web access, taxes, and regulatory fees.
You’ll have to purchase the phone outright at $279 and wait for a $50 rebate but even comparing this offer with the free 8530 you’d get with a two-year contract on one of the big four carriers, paying the full handset price amounts to around ten bucks more per month with MetroPCS. Try finding an unlimited everything plan for $70 with Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, or T-Mobile. T-Mobile comes closest at $80 per month with no contract.
MetroPCS’ network isn’t quite as widespread as the other guys’ but the company is the fifth largest carrier and has plans to roll out 4G service in the near future. If you’ve got coverage in your area and you don’t want to drop a pantload on a BlackBerry plan, this might be worth checking out.
Of course if you don’t need a ton of voice minutes, don’t forget about Virgin Mobile’s BlackBerry Curve 8530 plan: $35 per month for 300 minutes and unlimited data and text messages over Sprint’s pipeline.
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