UPDATED 13:37 EDT / JUNE 24 2009

MetroPCS Is First North American Carrier to Offer Unlimited International Calling for $5 per Month

image Please punch a hole in this one if you can! MetroPCS is now offering unlimited international calling to landlines from its cell phones for $5/month. That’s right — you can call that house in London 24/7, unlimited, for $5/month on top of your regular MetroPCS cell phone plan. Calling a cell phone abroad is 25c/minute.

Add this to the fact that MetroPCS offers UNLIMITED Blackberry-everything for $50/month, and it seems unbeatable for
$55/month total. This includes:
— unlimited domestic US calling.
— unlimited international calling to landlines.
— unlimited email.
— unlimited web surfing.
— unlimited instant messaging.
— unlimited Blackberry applications (thousands available and growing like weed).

No contract, no credit check, pay as you go at $50 + $5 = $55/month total.

Please tell me: Am I missing something, or is this LESS THAN A THIRD of the price, compared to Verizon Wireless and AT&T, not even counting unlimited international calling for $5/month? It also seems to be close to half compared to Sprint and T-Mobile USA, who are both cheaper than Verizon Wireless and AT&T.

I do see one negative: The only Blackberry MetroPCS offers is the 8330, which is a design that was launched over two years ago and which will be TWO generations old starting in July 2009. This is clearly a major negative. Perhaps MetroPCS will soon be offering a more modern Blackberry? I don’t know, but it’s the only negative I see right now with this offer.

Oh, one more thing: One alternative to MetroPCS’ unlimited international calling for $5/month is MobileTalk software from 8×8, which charges as little as $0.01/minute for calls to international landlines and approximately 25c per minute to international cell phones. This can be paired with most smartphones, Blackberry or not, from any carrier.

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