1. I received a message about an important update, what does it mean?
MetroPCS has a new software version for your phone. The software update is required in order for your phone to operate at its optimum performance and take advantage of network enhancements such as improved data speeds and broader coverage.
2. If I do not update will my phone still work?
Depending on the model, it might not operate at its peak performance or at all. However, the software update will actually enhance your phone’s current performance with improved data speeds and broader coverage.
3. Will I be charged for the update?
No, the software update is free of charge.
4. I do not want to go to the store. Are there any other options?
No, unfortunately this update requires you to go to a MetroPCS Corporate owned store. You can find the nearest MetroPCS corporate owned store here. Click the drop down filter and select “Corporate Stores”. We appreciate your cooperation so that we can deliver you the best experience possible.
5. Is there a deadline?
We recommend as soon as possible. Select customers with the LG Connect will need to go to a store by July 14, 2013. Other select phones no later than July 31, 2013.
6. Why did this happen?
This is a result of MetroPCS’ continued effort to bring our customers the best service possible. This upgdate will enable us to provide you with improved data speeds and broader coverage.
7. Will I lose my contacts, texts or pictures?
No, not if you visit the closest MetroPCS Corporate store. You can find the nearest MetroPCS corporate owned store here.
Short Codes and Text Alerts is a rate plan feature that will help you enjoy a richer experience from your MetroPCS phone and receive faster, more convenient connections to your favorite information spaces such as Facebook, Google™ and Twitter. Participate in popular programs and sign up for selected content including news, sports, stocks, weather, personals, horoscopes, events and more!
MetroPCS lets you choose from plenty of options, from social networking to navigation! Plus, using your MetroConnect® account, you have access to cool downloads like games and ringtones sent directly to your phone.
If you are viewing a page you have recently loaded on MetroWEB, you can choose to answer the call as you normally would. While you are on the call your MetroWEB session will be temporarily suspended. Once you end the call you will be able to resume your MetroWEB session.
All of our cell phone plans include unlimited MetroWEB.. From the main menu, simply select MetroWEB to launch the browser.
Once you have accessed MetroWEB simply type in the address for the website you would like to visit in the address bar at the top of the browser or select "Menu" and then select "Go to URL." From the "Go to URL" screen, type in the address for the website you would like to visit and then press "Go."
Access to MetroWEB is unlimited, you can browse MetroWEB as much as you like.
Some phones do not automatically clear your web browsing history. You can clear the history manually by selecting "Menu" and then "Clear history" or "Clear cache," depending on your phone model.
You can visit most websites. However, not all websites are designed for mobile phones so some sites may not display properly.
From the browser menu, simply press the "Home" key and you will be directed to the MetroWEB home page. If you changed your default home page to another site, then you can locate the MetroWEB home page in the browser bookmarks or favorites.
WEA (Wireless Emergency Alerts) is a means to notify the public about emergency information as quickly as possible. MetroPCS is working with the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) and FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) to distribute such information via text-like message.
WEA is a result of the 2006 WARN Act which aims for all Americans to have the capability to receive timely and accurate alerts, warnings and critical information regarding disasters and other emergencies via their WEA-compliant wireless devices.
All MetroPCS cell phones released starting June 2012 forward and are WEA-compliant will receive the alerts.
FEMA will receive, validate and then distribute alerts covering critical issues only:
Presidential Alerts – national emergencies, such as terrorist attacks, that will preempt any other pending alerts.
Imminent Threat Alerts – hurricanes or tornadoes where life or property is at risk.
Child Abduction Emergency/AMBER Alerts – missing or endangered children due to an abduction or runaway situation.
WEA uses a unique signal and vibration and the information will appear on your phone’s screen. The information will be in English and no more than 90 characters. If the WEA-supported phone is off when the initial alert is sent, you will receive it usually within 5 minutes of turning your phone back on if you are still within the alerting area and alert has not been cancelled.
Sorry, we do not have additional information. MetroPCS supports delivery of the emergency alert from the local/national public safety agency dispatching the message to all WEA-capable devices.
Please direct all questions to:
FCC’s Consumer & Government Affairs Bureau
Federal Communications Commission
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau
Consumer Inquiries and Complaints Division
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20554
No, the alerts are free.
This could be a technical issue with your phone. Please visit your local MetroPCS store or Authorized Dealer for assistance. Please note that you cannot opt out of Presidential alerts.
You are not receiving alerts for one of these reasons:
You are not in a targeted area to receive messages
WEA alerts are turned off
Your phone does not support WEA alerts
Your phone is not locked on to the cell site which is receiving alerts.
Your phone missed the alert due to handoff from a cell site which was not receiving alerts. However, alerts get repeated periodically and your phone will get one usually within 5 minutes if it has not previously received the same alert before and the alert has not expired.
All alerts will default to “On.” You can turn off all alerts except Presidential alerts, which will be infrequent.
All phones will be defaulted to receive these messages. You can opt out of alerts, except Presidential alerts, by navigating to the message settings menu on your phone and un-checking the box for the alerts you no longer want to receive. The menu for the messages varies by phone. Please note that you cannot turn off Presidential alerts.
No, alerts will be sent to users located within the effected geographic area only. The PLAN program is location- dependent, not coverage-dependent. WEA is not designed to and does not track your location.
For example, an alert goes out about the Atlanta area.
If you live in Atlanta but are out of town when the alert goes out, you would not receive the text.
If you are visiting Atlanta when the alert goes out, you would receive the text.
Please direct all questions to: FCC’s Consumer & Government Affairs Bureau
Federal Communications Commission
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau
Consumer Inquiries and Complaints Division
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20554
You have unlimited access to a catalog of millions of songs as long as you have the $5 Rhapsody Unlimited Music service.
Simply sign up for the $5 Rhapsody Unlimited Music service and make sure you have a MetroPCS Android phone. You will have access to the music as long as you pay for the service.
Yes. You'll just need to contact Rhapsody and cancel your subscription with them. To sign up for Rhapsody Unlimited Music from MetroPCS, you'll need to get a MetroPCS Android phone if you don't already have one, and you'll need to sign up for the $5 Rhapsody Unlimited Music service.
Yes, as long as you have a network connection that can support streaming music, you can listen to music. The best streaming experience will be over 4GLTE or Wi-Fi. Or, you can download music directly to your phone and listed at any time... even if you don't have a network connection.
Make sure you added the $5 Rhapsody Unlimited Music service to your monthly rate plan. From your Android phone get the free Rhapsody App from the @metro App Store if it’s not pre-loaded. Then just launch the app. It will detect your MetroPCS account. Enter your e-mail address, create a password (sign in). Start listening.
Press the "plus" sign next to the album or track. Now press "Add to Library." You can access the music in your library by opening the main Rhapsody menu and selecting "My Music & Downloads."
Just press and hold the song or album title you want to save. Then select "Add this track..." or "Add this album...". Now select "Add to playlist." Select the playlist you want to add it to or select "New playlist..."
Rhapsody Unlimited Music provides access to millions of songs on your MetroPCS Android phone.
Unlimited access to the music catalog with your subscription
No paying per song
If you unsubscribe or are no longer an active subscriber, you no longer have access to the music catalog
MetroSTUDIO offers Ringtones, Ringback Tones and Full-track Downloads for purchase.
Buy DRM-free music and ringtones
Get 90-day use of ringback tones
Certain types of content are only available with certain phones and plans
No, your Rhapsody Unlimited Music does not play ads.
To download a song, just press the “plus” sign next to it and select “Download to Device”. To Download an entire album, press the download icon next to the album. To find music you’ve downloaded, open the main menu and select “My Music and Downloads”. From here, you can check status of music that is still downloading by selecting “Pending Downloads”.
If you add music to My Library or save it as a Playlist, it will be saved to your account and you can listen to it as much as you want without having to search for it again. You can even access your Library and Playlists from your computer.
Pocket Express is available on all cell phones, however, the information provided varies by operating system. BlackBerry 8330 Curve
BlackBerry 8350 Curve
Huawei Ascend - Tapout Edition
LG MN180 Select
LG MN270 Beacon
LG Optimus M
Motorola V3A Razr
Motorola V3S Razr
Samsung Freeform III
Samsung Galaxy Indulge
Samsung Messager III
Pocket Express will work in any MetroPCS market, but will not work while using extended coverage with TravelTalk®.
We ask for this information to ensure Pocket Express is tailored to you. For example, Pocket Express will be personalized with weather in your area. You may skip entering this info if you wish.
Pocket Express does not require the use of MetroConnect funds, however, this generic message is to let all users know that some features and services within the @metro catalog may require MetroConnect funds.
You enter a location (city and state) by text or by speaking into the cell phone. You may have to select a category: Business Name, Business Type or Person, depending on the year of your phone. After which you will see a results page for your search.
Metro411 Premium Directory Assistance will work as normal in any MetroPCS market, and in areas within which we have data roaming agreements.
Metro411 Premium Directory Assistance does not require the use of MetroConnect funds, however, this generic message is to let all users know that some features and services within the @metro catalog may require MetroConnect funds.
Select @metro from the phone homepage and select the Metro411 icon. If the Metro411 icon doesn't appear, you will need to download the feature to your cell phone. See the download instructions for further information.
If you can't find what you're looking for by searching Metro411 Premium Directory Assistance, you can connect to a live operator from the results page. Just go to Options and select "Connect to Operator."
First, verify that you are on a mobile phone with an unlimited plan that supports Metro411 premium directory assistance and that it has downloaded correctly. For further questions or troubleshooting, contact customer service by dialing *99 from your MetroPCS phone or 1-888-8Metro8 from any phone.
If you don't already have an instant messenger account, you can sign up for an AIM account, a Window Live Messenger account or a Yahoo! Messenger account.
Yes. If you already have an AIM, Windows Live Messenger Account or Yahoo! Messenger account, you will be able to use the same username and password for mobile instant messaging.
The mail@metro service works with a broad range of email providers and IMAP/POP3 connections including: Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, AOL,/AIM, Bell South, Charter, Comcast, Earthlink, .Mac, Mindspring, NetZero, Optimum Online and Verizon, as well as Microsoft Exchange Corporate email that has Outlook Web Access.
Yes. Through the "Other provider" option, you can provide settings for any email provider that allows for mobile email access.
Yes. There are some email providers who do not allow POP3 access to their email accounts. Some corporate email addresses are similarly blocked by companies.
It depends on the cell phone. Users of most mobile phones will not be able to view attachments using mail@metro and should view attachments on their computer. Some cell phones may be able to open attachments by using the SD card.
Use the "Set up email accounts" to add the new email address. Simply add the new email account using the steps outlined in the User Guide.
You can sign up to receive Wireless AMBER Alerts by registering here. When you register, you will need to provide your wireless phone numbers, including area code, and designate up to five ZIP codes for areas for which you want to receive Wireless AMBER Alerts.
No. However, your cell phone must be capable of receiving text messages and your service plan must include basic messaging capability.
Go to: Messaging > Settings > Emergency alerts > uncheck the 'AMBER alerts' box.
Screen-it makes an effort to always provide useful information when the exact caller name is not available. When this is the case, Screen-it will provide the location of the caller instead.
No. Screen-it only works with valid numbers in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.
You can use MetroWEB if you travel to another MetroPCS region, but you will not be able to access MetroWEB if you are outside of MetroPCS home and extended home areas. View our MetroPCS coverage map to see our full coverage area.
For calls within the 50 states, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, just enter 1+ the area code and phone number. For calls outside of the areas described above, enter 011, the country code, the city code and then the phone number.
The emails from both accounts will not appear in the same Inbox. Emails for each provider are shown in separate Inboxes.
Yes. MetroPCS provides customers with the ability to send text messages internationally using TextTalk Global.
Yes. MetroPCS allows you to send a message to most U.S. and Puerto Rican mobile phone carriers.
If you change your email username or password, you will need to re-register this information in mail@metro. Go to the main menu and select "Set up email account" and complete the steps in this process. Select "OK" when you receive the message, "Remove all personal data for current account?"
Yes. You can sort emails by date, sender or subject.
The MetroPCS 4G network is designed so that customers can enjoy a richer multimedia experience. That means users can watch video on demand, download full-track music, and upload photos and videos to social networking sites such as Facebook and YouTube.
First, verify that you are on a mobile phone with an unlimited plan that supports Pocket Express and that it has downloaded correctly. For further questions or troubleshooting, email email@example.com.
If you have one of our unlimited talk, text and web cell phone plans, there is no additional cost for long distance calls. If you have one of our Legacy mobile phone plans, you are responsible for all federal, state and local taxes, fees and assessments, plus an additional monthly wireless number portability fee.
Probably. It depends on the services they have selected with their wireless provider.
The name you have stored in your phone's contact list is what will display when a contact is calling.
Press the Menu key and select "Add Contact."
Yes. You can use MetroPCS 4GLTE Mobile Hotspot to tether your MetroPCS phone to other devices if you use one of these phones to do so: ZTE Anthem, LG Motion 4G, Coolpad Quattro, or Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G.
You must contact your email provider to get this information. Please be aware that some providers only allow incoming email, or have special port numbers for outgoing email.
To turn Screen-it off, simply dial *85 from your phone. To turn Screen-it back on, dial *65 from your phone.
If you select the "Stay alerted" box on the sign-on screen, you can navigate away from mobile instant messaging and stay logged on.
Yes, you can download content to your mobile phone by going to MetroWEB and clicking the "MetroSTUDIO" link.
In some cases. You can set up mail@metro to notify you whenever you receive a corporate email or email from Yahoo!, Gmail, Hotmail or AOL/AIM.
Yes. Current MetroPCS cell phones will already have the newest version of mobile instant messaging. Owners of Huawei M750, Kyocera Laylo, Motorola Hint, Motorola VE440, Samsung Messager, Samsung Messager II, Samsung Finesse, Samsung Freeform or LG Lyric cell phones can go to the @metro catalog on their phone and download the new version of mobile instant messaging.
It depends on the email provider. Some email providers allow for real-time notifications, however other don't. Most email providers will automatically check for mail every 30 minutes. You may manually refresh your inbox with the "Check email" button in mail@metro.
It depends on the cell phone. You may be limited to a certain number of emails or limited to a certain number of days you can keep your emails.
4G or "fourth generation" is the next generation of wireless technology, which allows consumers to enjoy lightning-fast Internet browsing and multimedia applications. 4G service from MetroPCS is enabled by a global-standards-based network technology called LTE or "Long-Term Evolution." 4G service from MetroPCS puts the power of the mobile Web in your hands, giving you instant access to the news, information and services you need to do more in your day from paying bills and booking appointments to shopping online or just watching your favorite shows. 4G has the potential to completely reshape the wireless mobile landscape!