Metro PCS has followed up on its promise - and beaten far bigger rivals in the process - to launch its 4G LTE network in the US, but it's chosen a less than exciting handset to mark the occasion. $55 per month gets you unlimited, contract-free LTE access in Metro PCS' single initial market - Las Vegas - though you'll also need to shell out $299 (after a $50 rebate) for the Samsung Craft.
All eyes may be on WiMAX and the HTC EVO 4G for Sprint right now, but they won't have the 4G focus for long. MetroPCS have announced that they and Samsung will be rolling out the US' first commercially-availabile LTE network this year, with the first handset being the multimode CDMA/LTE Samsung SCH-r900.
Every time one wireless carrier unveils a new calling plan, it seems like all the other carriers have to match the new plan or better it. Last week Verizon unveiled new unlimited calling plans for its users. Shortly after Verizon made its announcement, AT&T announced its own new calling plans. Today MetroPCS is unveiling new calling plans for pre-paid users.
Kyocera announced the launch and availability of both the Laylo and Domino today with MetroPCS as the network provider. The Laylo is a elegant slider outfitted with a concealed vanity mirror that is revealed upon sliding it open. The Domino is a stream-lined candy-bar phone that shares a platform with the Laylo.
There are times when a press release makes you do a double-take, and MetroPCS‘ this morning has prompted just that momentary disbelief. You’re looking at the Samsung Code SCH-i220, the first Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone on the MetroPCS network; yes, while everyone else is getting up to speed with Windows Mobile 6.5, MetroPCS are taking time out to celebrate their first device running the superseded OS.
We talk every now and again about new handsets that are added to prepaid networks like the one that MetroPCS offers. Those handsets are typically not the fanciest, but work well for most prepaid users. MetroPCS announced today that it was expanding its national area for unlimited prepaid calls.
The news is non-stop from CTIA 2009 today and wouldn't you know it that there was a little surprise tucked away in the endless slew of press releases? MetroPCS is will be getting a new touchscreen phone from Samsung called the Finesse.
This phone is actually pretty similar to the Instinct and the Delve in that it uses the TouchWiz interface. However, this is not a smartphone--it just looks like one! It features a 3-inch 240 x 400 touchscreen display, 3G, web browser and mobile IM. It also has a GPS application, a media player and an email app.
It seems this phone is available now without a contract. However, since it's not subsidized, the Samsung Finesse will cost you $349. A tad pricey for the feature set, but may be worth it if you're not looking to get roped into a two-year contract.