MetroPCS has officially launched a BYOP (Bring Your Own Phone) program. Basically, this means users will now be able to bring a GSM compatible phone they already own and simply purchase the service from MetroPCS. The initial launch is being done on a limited scale and there does appear to be some fine print worth reading before you sign up for service.

With that being said, the MetroPCS BYOP service is available for those in Boston, Dallas, Hartford and Las Vegas. Aside from having the requirement of GSM, the handset must also be Android, Windows Phone or an iPhone (the carrier will also accept “certain” feature phones). Assuming you have a compatible handset, you will then need to get a MetroPCS branded SIM card along with a monthly service plan.

As you already own your phone, the service will be available on a month-to-month basis. MetroPCS has several plans available and they range in price from $40 up to $60 per month. These plans all offer unlimited talk, text and data as well as some high-speed data. The $40 option includes 500MB, the $50 option includes 2.5GB and the $60 option is unlimited.

Otherwise, the carrier is pushing the BYOP program as being good for those who want to “enjoy unlimited monthly service for less” as well as those who tend to purchase unsubsidized devices and those who like MetroPCS but prefer to use a phone not currently offered. All of these seem like valid enough reasons, however there is another side. Yes, that fine print mentioned earlier.

MetroPCS has said they cannot “guarantee the functionality or performance of any phones or devices that were not sold by MetroPCS or an authorized dealer.” In addition, they do not “guarantee the functionality of any phones or devices that do not have a software version that was sold or updated by MetroPCS.” Bottom line here, this MetroPCS BYOP offering sounds ideal for those who consider themselves self-sufficient when it comes to your devices.

VIA: Fierce Wireless