- 08-17-2013, 02:24 PM #1
What is going on with this 521 on MetroPCS ?
they have taken down the link of the phone on their website, everytime I talk to a metropcs rep they have no knowledge about a Nokia Lumia 521 for Metropcs
there is a link on BestBuy for the phone
MetroPCS - Nokia Lumia 521 4G No-Contract Mobile Phone - White - 610214633262-R
with in store pick up but no stores have the phone in STOCK!!!!, I can't even buy the 521 at wall mart because its locked to TMobile...
My Niece and Mother Inlaw have MetroPCS and HATE there android phone and want to get a new phone, I have been telling them wait... one is coming for you
the date that it was soposta be released had come and gone and now they are both at the point to get another Android if they don't see something soon....
PLEASE help me get them a 521 for MetroPCS....
Does anyone in the forums have a MetroPCS 521 ?
anyone know where I can get one ? and why is it not available yet ?
I was going to give her my old lumia 900 but they said its not supported as a unlocked phone for metropcs but the 920, 610 and a 910 that I had never heard of is supported.
I think its bull crap if you tell me, I think the 900 will work but they so want her to buy another android.
- 08-17-2013, 07:51 PM #5
Metropcs will only except unlocked phones and from what I'm hearing is the phone sees the metropcs sim as another carrier other than mobile so it would need to be unlocked
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- 08-17-2013, 08:28 PM #6
- 08-17-2013, 10:43 PM #7
I show the MetroPCS L521 is in stock in Houston. I'm wondering if only the new MetroPCS areas (areas which are GSM only) have the phone available. I wouldn't be surprised if the older MetroPCS cities, where they have their CDMA network, are wanting to sell off their CDMA phones before selling GSM phones in those cities.
I'll agree with others, since the T-Mobile 521 will work on T-Mobile MVNOs, a MetroPCS SIM card should work in a T-Mobile 521. The one caveat -- it needs to be a SIM for the MetroPCS GSM (T-Mobile) network, not a SIM for the CDMA LTE phones (pre-merger MetroPCS network).
- 08-18-2013, 10:59 AM #8
Ok so I'm going to WalMart and picking up a 521 and see if it will work with a metropcs phone.
Now I have never used metropcs so they will just sell me a SIM alone ?
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- 08-18-2013, 02:02 PM #11
- 08-18-2013, 02:20 PM #12
If MetroPCS is in your area, you can get one of their GSM SIM cards, it is just that in some areas they also cell CDMA phones (based off the original MetroPCS network). The MetroPCS CDMA network appears as if it will be shut down in 2015. The GSM Sims are because of the T-Mobile merger and, anywhere that MetroPCS operates, you will be able to get service that is basically the same as T-Mobile's Prepaid. The difference, from what I can see, is that MetroPCS does not offer a $30 plan and that their other plans (unlimited talk and data with either .5 GB, 2.5 GB, or unlimited data) are $10 cheaper than equivalent T-Mobile plan.
- 08-18-2013, 06:39 PM #14
Good catch, yes, is supposed to be unlimited talk and text, with the three different data options. Though, technically all of them are unlimited data, just that they are throttled after .5 or 2.5 GB (like on T-Mobile).
- 08-19-2013, 04:18 AM #16
It's actually a reverse merger...T Mobile does not own MetroPCS..they are merged together. You can take the t mobile's lumia 521 to metro. I did this on Thursday and the device works perfectly fine. I already had service with metropcs so I only had to pay for my sim card and they popped it right into my device. Its been three days and I have no interruptions. I basically have tmobile service but i'm paying metro pcs price plan. unlimited talk and text plus my mobile hot spot.
- 08-19-2013, 07:54 AM #17
- 08-19-2013, 12:38 PM #20
- 08-19-2013, 05:05 PM #21
I am so frustrated! Every time I call Metro PCS I get a different answer to the same question. I am in Los Angeles. It seems like several people here have been able to move from T-Mobile to Metro PCS. The only lumia 521 phones that I have found are locked T-Mobile phones (or AT&T). I just got off the phone with Metro PCS advanced technical support and they very clearly stated that they cannot move the locked GSM lumia from T-Mobile to Metro. They said that even though the two companies have merged, they will continue to operate as two separate companies and will not facilitate transfer of phones from one company to the other, so a locked lumia from T-Mobile will be treated like a locked phone from any other provider. Do the people here, who have successfully migrated to Metro from T-Mobile, have unlocked phones? If so, where did you buy it? Thanks!
- 08-19-2013, 05:13 PM #22
Last edited by klester22; 08-19-2013 at 05:47 PM. Reason: typo that makes the sentance unclear.
- 08-19-2013, 05:22 PM #23
The trick is, you don't need MetroPCS to "transfer" the phone. What you need is a MetroPCS SIM card and to activate it, you can then put that into your Lumia 521 and it should work without issue. It looks like to get a MetroPCS SIM card, you need to get one from a local store. I think they'll care more about you starting a new MetroPCS plan than about your phone, they likely won't even ask as long as the SIM works.
- 08-19-2013, 06:05 PM #25
You need it unlocked to change the APN settings for the MVNOs, which is what I found out with PTEL. With out changing the APN settings your MMS messages will not work, and internet may be wonky. I ended up swallowing the $50 and switching to T-Mobile because the Customer Service is way better than them (its only 10 dollars month a more for me).
PTEL had reasonable service, however I got alot of dropped calls with them (Could be the phone, I dont have the same issue on T-Mobile). Also they are in the middle of a CDMA to GSM conversion, and porting your number will take a while, along with trying to get in contact with customer service (Took me 3 hours!).
I've heard interesting things about Solavei, from the fact that your payments shrink when people sign up with them to the fact that they are supposedly scanners.
StraightTalk is mixed imo, never used them but Ive heard from friends the customer service is horrible.
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