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Can I use any carrier Galaxy S4 with Metro PCS?

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May 24, 2014 1:48:10 PM

If I buy a used GS4 from any major carrier like, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, etc. can I unlock it myself and use Metro PCS as my carrier with it? I know the GS4 has a SIM card slot, so would I be able to just unlock the phone, then go to Metro PCS and just sign up for a plan with it, then they pop in their SIM card into the phone? Would that actually work? Please help. Thanks in advance!

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May 24, 2014 5:12:44 PM

DarkDubzs said:
If I buy a used GS4 from any major carrier like, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, etc. can I unlock it myself and use Metro PCS as my carrier with it? I know the GS4 has a SIM card slot, so would I be able to just unlock the phone, then go to Metro PCS and just sign up for a plan with it, then they pop in their SIM card into the phone? Would that actually work? Please help. Thanks in advance!


Thanks Michael, MetroPCS is now GSM-based, so an unlocked device should work. I'd contact them about the specifics of your phone.
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May 28, 2014 10:36:32 PM

DarkDubzs said:
If I buy a used GS4 from any major carrier like, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, etc. can I unlock it myself and use Metro PCS as my carrier with it? I know the GS4 has a SIM card slot, so would I be able to just unlock the phone, then go to Metro PCS and just sign up for a plan with it, then they pop in their SIM card into the phone? Would that actually work? Please help. Thanks in advance!


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October 26, 2014 11:19:29 AM

Post was several months old but it showed in the top results of my search, so I just want to clarify what ZIRCOBEN said in case this comes up for someone else seeking information.

ZIRCOBEN SAID: "No. It would have to be from a CDMA carrier like Sprint or Verizon. AT&T and T-Mobile have GSM networks"

For most - but not all - phones, it is true that they are compatible with either GSM (T-Mobile, ATT, Metro PCS...) or CDMA (Sprint, Verizon...), but there are SOME phones that are compatible with both GSM and CDMA, and one of such phones is the Galaxy S4. I own two GS4's with sprint (CDMA) branding, I sim unlocked both and currently use them with T-Mobile (GSM). With T-Mobile, everything works (calls, text, internet) except for 4G LTE, but you still are able to get HSPA+ internet speeds which is faster than 3G but slower than 4G LTE. I can also use any simcard from the other GSM carriers.

The correct answer to the original post is YES, you can sim unlock a GS4 and use it with Metro-PCS.
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November 18, 2014 8:05:22 AM

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dembou said:
Post was several months old but it showed in the top results of my search, so I just want to clarify what ZIRCOBEN said in case this comes up for someone else seeking information.

ZIRCOBEN SAID: "No. It would have to be from a CDMA carrier like Sprint or Verizon. AT&T and T-Mobile have GSM networks"

For most - but not all - phones, it is true that they are compatible with either GSM (T-Mobile, ATT, Metro PCS...) or CDMA (Sprint, Verizon...), but there are SOME phones that are compatible with both GSM and CDMA, and one of such phones is the Galaxy S4. I own two GS4's with sprint (CDMA) branding, I sim unlocked both and currently use them with T-Mobile (GSM). With T-Mobile, everything works (calls, text, internet) except for 4G LTE, but you still are able to get HSPA+ internet speeds which is faster than 3G but slower than 4G LTE. I can also use any simcard from the other GSM carriers.

The correct answer to the original post is YES, you can sim unlock a GS4 and use it with Metro-PCS.


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December 3, 2014 9:25:57 AM

Metro pcs is now owned by tmobile, so they now use gsm network. So yes you can bring an unlocked s4 to metro, if it's not from sprint/boost..any unlocked gsm phone will work on metro pcs/tmobile.....before metro was purchased by tmobile they used cdma phones, I think that's why your getting different answers, but I assure you it will work, I had an att s4 unlocked, and used metro.

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December 16, 2014 3:31:06 PM

Zircoben said:
DarkDubzs said:
If I buy a used GS4 from any major carrier like, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, etc. can I unlock it myself and use Metro PCS as my carrier with it? I know the GS4 has a SIM card slot, so would I be able to just unlock the phone, then go to Metro PCS and just sign up for a plan with it, then they pop in their SIM card into the phone? Would that actually work? Please help. Thanks in advance!


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Just wanted to say that Metro PCS is all GSM now.. They're operating on T-mobile's network.

~MetroPCS employee
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January 28, 2015 4:43:43 PM

Zircoben said:
DarkDubzs said:
If I buy a used GS4 from any major carrier like, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, etc. can I unlock it myself and use Metro PCS as my carrier with it? I know the GS4 has a SIM card slot, so would I be able to just unlock the phone, then go to Metro PCS and just sign up for a plan with it, then they pop in their SIM card into the phone? Would that actually work? Please help. Thanks in advance!


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Hi I have the same issue. I have a s4 with sprint that I want to unlock for metro pcs here in Illinois. Do you know how to unlock the phone? please let me know Thanks
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October 19, 2015 5:10:35 PM

dembou said:
Post was several months old but it showed in the top results of my search, so I just want to clarify what ZIRCOBEN said in case this comes up for someone else seeking information.

ZIRCOBEN SAID: "No. It would have to be from a CDMA carrier like Sprint or Verizon. AT&T and T-Mobile have GSM networks"

For most - but not all - phones, it is true that they are compatible with either GSM (T-Mobile, ATT, Metro PCS...) or CDMA (Sprint, Verizon...), but there are SOME phones that are compatible with both GSM and CDMA, and one of such phones is the Galaxy S4. I own two GS4's with sprint (CDMA) branding, I sim unlocked both and currently use them with T-Mobile (GSM). With T-Mobile, everything works (calls, text, internet) except for 4G LTE, but you still are able to get HSPA+ internet speeds which is faster than 3G but slower than 4G LTE. I can also use any simcard from the other GSM carriers.

The correct answer to the original post is YES, you can sim unlock a GS4 and use it with Metro-PCS.




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October 19, 2015 5:12:07 PM

Dembou is correct ! The other guy is old school, what he said used to be true, however, nowadays, the CDMA phones (Sprint & Verizon) that have a sim card will most likely work with a GSM carrier (T-Mobile & AT&T) if the device is unlocked.
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December 1, 2015 4:13:45 PM

dembou said:
Post was several months old but it showed in the top results of my search, so I just want to clarify what ZIRCOBEN said in case this comes up for someone else seeking information.

ZIRCOBEN SAID: "No. It would have to be from a CDMA carrier like Sprint or Verizon. AT&T and T-Mobile have GSM networks"

For most - but not all - phones, it is true that they are compatible with either GSM (T-Mobile, ATT, Metro PCS...) or CDMA (Sprint, Verizon...), but there are SOME phones that are compatible with both GSM and CDMA, and one of such phones is the Galaxy S4. I own two GS4's with sprint (CDMA) branding, I sim unlocked both and currently use them with T-Mobile (GSM). With T-Mobile, everything works (calls, text, internet) except for 4G LTE, but you still are able to get HSPA+ internet speeds which is faster than 3G but slower than 4G LTE. I can also use any simcard from the other GSM carriers.

The correct answer to the original post is YES, you can sim unlock a GS4 and use it with Metro-PCS.


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