MetroPCS Launches its First 4G LTE Services in Las Vegas and Unveils its First LTE Capable Phone – Samsung Craft

Written By Sam on 22 September 2010

With Web going mobile, MetroPCS Communications has taken a significant step towards bringing internet access to the palm of the customer. The mobile operator has launched commercial 4G LTE services in the United States, offering talk, text and 4G Web access starting at $55 per month. Users can also go for a $60 service plan that comes with a Metrostudio feature. Metrostudio is being touted as a “new source of multimedia content, including access to full-track downloads, ringtones and ring-back tones, as well as premium video content from NBC Universal, Black Entertainment Television (BET) and Univision, available on-demand and on-the-go from one easy-to-use application”.

Alongside this, the company unveiled what it claims to be the ‘world’s first commercially available 4G LTE enabled handset’, the Samsung Craft. The Craft has been designed to integrate Web and multimedia content and comes with a 3.3 inch AMOLED (Active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) screen for enhanced multimedia experience. It has a 2GB microSD card pre-loaded with Paramount Pictures’ movie, ‘Star Trek’. Other features include a combination touch screen, slide-out QWERTY keyboard and Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface to surf and text message with whichever input format users prefer. The phone comes with Wi-Fi capability. The company has also thrown in a 3.2 megapixel snapper with flash and camcorder to capture images that can be shared while on the go on MetroPCS’ 4G network.

The service will initially be available in Las Vegas. However, 4G LTE network rollouts in the remaining MetroPCS markets are planned for later this year and early next year.

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