Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Stay in Touch with Family & Friends In Style with Metro PCS Tampa - Review & Giveaway

Every Holiday the majority of my family gets together to reminisce about the past year and share stories.  As they get older, my grandparents have a tough time traveling the two hours it takes to visit us on Christmas.  So my parents and I have been searching for an affordable phone for them to keep in touch with us.  We wanted something easy to use but something that was sturdy and affordable enough for them to be able to easily cover each month.  
I have never owned a smartphone. (I know I'm sheltered!)  A few months ago, I  met the wonderful people at Metro PCS Tampa and they invited me for a Blogger Meet-and-Greet at their store down in Brandon, about an hour and a half from where I live.  Of course, I couldn't resist and anxiously awaited that day for almost a month!  I was more than impressed with everything I experienced that day and can't wait to give you the details! 

What is Metro PCS?
According to their website, "MetroPCS is making it easier for all consumers to enjoy nationwide wireless services.  We offer Wireless for All -- unbeatable national rate plans for unlimited talk, text and web, with all-in pricing, additional taxes and regulatory fees included, no contracts and no hidden surprises."
"Say goodbye to hidden surprises on your phone bill.  With MetroPCS, what you see is what you pay.  Your monthly bill never changes because costs from state and local taxes and regulatory fees are included.  Some think predictability is boring; we say it's just good common sense."
"MetroPCS is America's leader in no-contract wireless service, providing not just great wireless service, but complete freedom and convenience to go along with it.  No matter what your mobile lifestyle is, MetroPCS has you covered.  Pick from our glowing portfolio of smartphones, messaging devices and feature phones, then add on the features you need -- GPS turn-by-turn navigation, music, social networking (Loopt, Facebook), unlimited interactive directory assistance, international text messaging, unlimited calling to Mexico & select other destinations around the world.  You've also got options for paying your bill online, in-store, at a kiosk or by phone. You choose!"
"MetroPCS is the best value for all around wireless service, with the lowest national rate plans, unlimited talk, text and web, and a wide range of affordable phones.  Combined with our advanced mobile network optimized for today's voice and data needs, MetroPCS is the clear choice for value-conscious consumers."
My Review
As I mentioned before, my good friends at MetroPCS Tampa invited me to a delightful Meet-and-Greet to introduce me to their incredible phones and plans.  As we munched on Panera bagels and cream cheese and drank coffee, they told me how MetroPCS has changed a lot in the last few years.  I remember I used to own a Metro phone about 3 years ago and would get frustrated at the lack of service I had right on the outskirts of town, which is where I lived at the time.  Today, MetroPCS has gotten much better and their service now covers 90% of the country.  That is very impressive! 
And now, MetroPCS is offering 4G service with unlimited talk, text and web for only $40 a month for select handsets!  Can you believe it?  That means you will receive unlimited local and long distance, unlimited text and picture messaging, nationwide coverage, unlimited email access, plus unlimited Screen-It, unlimited Pocket Express and much more! 
I received a Samsung Admire Android with 1 year of service including Rhapsody to review and since this is the first time I have owned a smart phone, their kind and very knowledgeable tech guy helped explain all of this and dumb it way down for me.  After just a few minutes I went from knowing nothing about these things to knowing quite a bit!    On top of receiving the phone, they also supplied me with a very cool blue-tooth, a beautiful blue case, a screen protector, a very cool Samsung notebook and a few other goodies all in a handy MetroPCS tote!  
I can't begin to tell you how impressed I am, not just with this phone but with MetroPCS Tampa.  I love the fact that this phone is not only very sleek looking but it's also really durable!  The Samsung Admire contains Gorilla Glass which is tougher and doesn't scratch as easily.  This phone has many great features including

  • Android Platform 2.3 Gingerbread 
  • 800 MHz Processor
  • 3.5" Touchscreen with Damage-Resistant Gorilla Glass
  • 3.2 MP Camera with Video Capture
You can find an interactive phone demo on the Samsung Admire right on the MetroPCS website!  I love how this phone has an infinite number of ways I can customize it!  It was the perfect first smartphone for us.  I would, of course, very very highly recommend this phone, but more importantly MetroPCS Tampa to anyone looking for a great deal on an amazing phone this holiday season!

Where can you find the Samsung Admire?
If you're interested in picking up this great phone be sure to head over to your local MetroPCS store or head online to their website.  The Samsung Admire retails for $129 but is currently on sale for only $79!  For a limited time MetroPCS is also offering 4 lines for $100 with unlimited talk, text, and web on every line!  Don't hassle with contracts and early termination fees, let MetroPCS take the stress out of picking up a new cell phone!  For more up to date information on new products and promotions be sure to follow MetroPCS Tampa on Twitter.
Giveaway Time!
One very lucky Florida** Shopaholic is going to win a Samsung Admire with 3 months of service including 3 months free Rhapsody! (Total SRP: $323.97)  Here's how:

Mandatory Entry: Follow Shopaholic Mommy on Google Friend Connect (find & click follow button on right sidebar)

Extra Entries - worth 1 entry each - comment once per entry
Follow MetroPCS Tampa on Facebook & Twitter (2 separate entries)
Follow Shopaholic Mommy on Facebook, Twitter, Google Friend Connect, Networked Blogs (4 separate entries)
Share this giveaway on Facebook - up to twice daily - 60 minutes apart
Stay in touch with @MetroPCS Tampa and enter to win a Samsung Admire w/3 months service during #ShopaholicSanta with @Shopaholic Mommy!  Ends 12/16!
Share this giveaway on Twitter - up to 3 times daily - 60 minutes apart
Keep in touch w/@MetroPCSTampa & enter to #win a #SamsungAdmire w/3 months service during #ShopaholicSanta w/@ashtonzmommi!  Ends 12/16!
Subscribe to Shopaholic Mommy's mailing list
Comment on any non-giveaway post - leave link

Bonus Entries
(15 entries) Blog about this holiday promotion, include button & link - leave link
(10 entries) Blog about this giveaway and include link - leave link
(5 entries) Grab my button & place on your site - leave link
(3 entries) Rate & Review Shopaholic Mommy on Alexa

I will choose one winner on December 16th at 8pm EST.  I will announce and email the winner soon after.  That person will have 48 hours to respond to claim their prize.  If I do not hear back I will have to hold a redraw and choose a new winner. **This giveaway is open to Florida residents 18 years or older who reside in metropolitan areas where MetroPCS offers wireless service & you must have internet access as of November 30th, 2011.**  Good Luck!

I recieved a free product on loan for one year for the purpose of this review.  The opinions stated in this review are mine and unbiased.  For more information please visit the disclosure policy located in the PR section of my site.


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