MetroPCS: LTE Android Smartphone By February
A 'half dozen' other LTE smartphones by mid-2011
MetroPCS is the first carrier in the United States to launch LTE services
, now offering service in Dallas, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Philadelphia and Detroit. On one hand, MetroPCS' price is nice -- $55 includes voice, data and SMS and doesn't involve the now-standard industry practice of embedding junk fees below the line. On the other hand, their LTE service operates at 3G speeds, has limited coverage, the company only offers one sub-par phone for the service, there's no data card access, and tethering isn't allowed. MetroPCS plans to shore up at least one of these shortcomings, insisting that they'll be the first to offer an LTE Android smartphone as early as February
MetroPCS plans to launch its first Android-based LTE smartphone in the first quarter of 2011, possibly as early as February. The company, which debuted the nation's first LTE smartphone, the Samsung Craft, in September, appears intent upon maintaining its lead in LTE smartphones. Company CEO Roger Linquist told investors at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference today that a number of existing MetroPCS customers upgraded to the Samsung Craft and he expects the company to launch about a half-dozen other LTE smartphones by mid-2011.
Saying MetroPCS has a "lead in LTE smartphones" doesn't mean much when they only offer one mediocre LTE smartphone. Still, Verizon's LTE launch last weekend didn't include any -- something Verizon promises to remedy by mid-2011.
LOL Nothing to see here move along.
metro When I think ghetto metropcs comes to mind. This phone service should merge with jitter bug. I see only seniors using this service.
Re: metro MetroPCS offers unlimited international calling to many destinations which is one big reason to have them.
| |ztmikeMark for moderationPremium
Michigan City, IN
Horrible grammar Sadly when I think of prepaid cellphone carriers..I think of all the HORRIBLE grammar/spelling that I saw on their Facebook pages from their customers.
I swear there were times reading those comments that I think I actually lost brain cells.
| |C0deZer0Oc'D To Rhythm And PolicePremium
About time Been wanting to get myself a better phone; at least a smarter phone with my service. At the moment, the only thing that would be close to what I'd want to employ, still uses WinMo 6.1, which is practically ancient history in mobile standards.
Hopefully the android phone is also "un-neutered" like the WinMo phone was, which would be great for app-usage.
Front Line Force Fortress Forever
Keep it up Keep up the good work MetroPCS, hopefully by the year 2014 you can put a major dent into the current market and the idiotic trends that plague it.
| |FutureMonAch Du LieberPremium,ExMod 2002-05
Re: Keep it up Nah, they'll probably get bought up and scrapped before that.
This just in from the department of redundancy department...
it all comes down to the phone... This is why HTC/Sprint pissed me off when HTC only offered the EVO to Spring. This kind of selective phone to mobile service carrier offerings are bullshit. I'd love to have the EVO on AT&T. This should be a practice that needs to go away frankly. HTC would be better served by having a world phone (gsm/cdma) that can be bought without tethering to one particular carrier.
The US market is the worst for carrier specific phones. It needs to end.