How to Activate a Metropcs Phone for Free

There are two main ways to activate your MetroPCS phone. Whether it is new, or you are swapping devices, you can either activate it by yourself or seek help from a MetroPCS company store.

Both ways are free and easy. It just comes down to your personal preferences and convenience. This article will go over how to activate a MetroPCS phone for free, by yourself, or from one of their company stores.

Requirements to Activate a MetroPCS Phone

Whatever way you decide to activate your phone, there are a couple of things that you must have at hand. These include; 

The Serial Number

You need to provide the serial numbers of both your phone and the SIM card. Check this number on the plate of your SIM card or on the card. For the phone, you can find the serial number in different places. It just depends on the type and model of the phone.

If you can’t find the “serial number”, check for the term IMEI, they are the same thing. On some phones, the IMEI is on the batteries, on others, it is on the retail box, and on others, you can simply find it from the phone’s settings. Alternatively, dial *#06# on your phone to get it.

The SIM Card

The next requirement is a SIM card. Essentially, you cannot activate your phone without a SIM card. This shouldn’t be a problem. Check your manual to find your SIM card slot if you are not sure where it is supposed to be. You also want to make sure you have the pin to unlock your SIM card, otherwise, it will be as good as not having a SIM card at all.

The Plan

Next, choose your plan. MetroPCS comes with multiple different plans you can choose from. It all comes down to what you prefer and need.

Here are some factors to keep in mind while choosing your plan;

  • Your area coverage
  • Contract length of the phone
  • Cost and incentives
  • The data amount given
  • Hotspot options 
  • Costs 

Other services such as data and data charges are important to compare too. The goal is to get the cheapest plan with the best quality. But don’t stress. You can always change your plan later, if the one you initially chose doesn’t work for you. 

How to Activate a Metropcs Phone for Free

How to Activate a Metropcs Phone for Free

Now that you have all the requirements at hand, it is time to go on to the next important step, which is the activation process. As said above, you can go two ways to activate your phone. Here is how to activate a MetroPCS phone for free, in details;

1. How to Activate a MetroPCS Phone for Free at a MetroPCS Store

Just like the name suggests, for this, you have to physically walk into one of their company stores in your town to activate your phone. If this is the easy option for you, remember to have all the required information with you as you walk into these stores.

The customer service agents will then attend to you and handle all the activation processes. They will request the information mentioned above and within a couple of minutes, your phone should be activated and ready to use. You wouldn’t be charged a dime for this service.

2. Remote Activation

The second method to activate our MetroPCS phone for free is to do it remotely, online, by yourself. There are two ways to go about this;

3. Call the Customer Care

Take another phone (not the one you are trying to activate), and dial the MetroPCS customer service number. Once on the call, they will ask you to provide personal information such as your address and name.

They will also ask you to provide details about your phone such as the model and type of the phone, serial numbers, and your phone plan. Like activating your phone at their company sites, this should also not take any more than a few couple of minutes. And, it is also free.

4. Sign in to the Website

The next way to do it from the comfort of your home is to log in to the company’s website. When you call customer care for activation, you get all the help from them. However, if you decide to log in to their website instead of the above discussed two ways, then you will have to do everything by yourself.

Once you are logged in, find the activation option from the menu and click on the link. This will open another window to fill in your required personal details, as well as that of the phone. It will also create your MetroPCS account.

How to Switch MetroPCS Phone

Now that you know how to activate a MetroPCS Phone for free, what happens if you are using a MetroPCS phone but want to switch to another MetroPCS phone?

Fortunately, this is an easy, fast, and free process too. And, you can also go to a MetroPCS service station or do it yourself. The important thing to know is that, if you are switching from another network carrier, you must provide the card information for the previous carrier.


This article has everything you need to know on how to activate a MetroPCS phone for free. As seen above, you don’t need a lot of requirements to activate your MetroPCS phone. All you need are the basic essentials such as the phone’s details, and probably some of your personal details, depending on what method you are using.

And the best thing is that all these services are free. Of course, not unless you are trying to leave the MetroPCS mobile network for another network where you will be charged a $15 fee. Otherwise, everything is fast, easy, and all done for you.

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