As promised just a few days ago the mid-range The TCL 30 XE 5G unveiled at the very beginning of the year is now available at T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile. But while the “Un-carrier” itself charges At a seemingly unbeatable price of $198 for the 6.52-inch handset running Android 11 out of the box, Magenta’s flagship prepaid brand manages to beat its parent carrier from the get-go.
Metro’s launch deal is literally impossible to beat, mind you, by lowering the already reasonable list price of the TCL 30 XE 5G to… $0. As you can imagine, there are certain requirements you will need to meet to take advantage of this amazing promotion, starting with a mandatory number port from a non-T-Mobile carrier.
Perhaps most importantly, you have to go to a physical Metro store to claim the offer, and last but not least, choose a $60 monthly plan with unlimited “high-speed” data, unlimited access to T-Mo’s industry-leading wireless network, plus 15GB of hotspot data, 100GB of Google One membership, and Amazon Prime membership included.
It’s a pretty competitive prepaid plan
, mind you, that goes well with a strong (at least on paper) new contender for the title of best budget 5G phone available today. The TCL 30 XE 5G sports a silky-smooth 90Hz display (even by $200 standards, let alone $0 standards) while packing a fairly capable MediaTek Dimensity 700 processor paired with a respectable 4GB of RAM.
No, the screen resolution isn’t great, at 1600 x 720 pixels, and the notched design is arguably outdated, but how could you ever deny the appeal of a free mobile device with a big battery of 4,500 mAh under its hood capable of 18 W fast charging?