You may or may have never heard of MetroPCS as they are not one of the big four carriers in the United States, however, being small they are still scrappy and improving their technology all the same. Just over a year ago the ambitious company announced they would eventually transition to a Voice over LTE capable network, and they made it happen, launching the world’s first Voice over LTE network. In addition, the carrier has officially launched their first VoLTE capable handset at one of their Dallas / Fort Worth store locations. The LG Connect 4G is powered by Android and is their first of many VoLTE handsets to launch and MetroPCS promises more rollouts and phone options “in the coming weeks.” This is the ‘way of the future’ and we are beginning to see more carriers make the transition to the VoLTE model as the 2G and 3G networks we have known and loved for so many years become obsolete. Hit the break for the official press release. » Read the rest
If you’ve been asking for a Samsung Droid Charge, but for whatever reason don’t like Verizon, today is your day. MetroPCS has announced the renamed but otherwise unchanged Droid Charge as the Galaxy S Lightray 4G, and it’s available now. The phone features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen, an 8 MP camera, a 1ghz processor, and a free 16GB MicroSD card thrown in as well. » Read the rest
We’ve seen some impressive hardware from Huawei in the past with the Ascend D Quad. Looks like the US is going to get a slightly less impressive handset with the just announced Activa 4G. Yes, the 4G refers to LTE, and the device is coming to MetroPCS. This will be Huawei’s first LTE phone in the US, and MetroPCS’s fifth.
For a limited time, it can be had for $149 off-contract after an instant discount and $50 mail-in rebate, though it will normally list for $249. Still, for buying it outright, it’s not a bad price.
But what do you get for that? Check out the specs and full press release after the break.
The great thing about today’s technology is the ability to choose from a variety of mobile carriers to best suit our needs. That means some of you can choose Verizon Wireless for example because of great nationwide coverage and the solid 4G LTE speeds. Others choose AT&T because of the ever-improving 4G LTE network or great selection of mobile devices. The rest choose networks like Sprint and T-Mobile because of their great all-everything value which is price-conscious for consumers. Keep in mind I didn’t mention regional carriers like U.S. Cellular or Cincinnati Bell, which also give great value for customers (albeit at the cost for great coverage in one region of a country, but lackluster coverage elsewhere).
While there’s a great abundance of mobile providers to suit our needs, there’s a growing sense of frustration and anger at the mobile carriers because of the idea that they are not focusing on great customer service, but rather focused on consolidating features— while increasing the overall costs for the consumers. Unfortunately, consumers in this day and age feel as if they are at the mercy of these providers, so they lock themselves into 2-year contracts and can potentially pay thousands of dollars for cellphone service. The effect you see from this is two fold: 1) By locking themselves into a commitment, customers are stuck with devices that often lose support from not only the cellphone carrier, but the manufacturer as well. 2) The average customer doesn’t come even close to using their max totals allowed in their cell plans (an example is using just 40 minutes out of 400 anytime minutes or 1GB of data out of 2GB in a billing month), so they waste precious dollars. It certainly isn’t far-fetched to believe consumers are being taken advantage of by the big companies, especially in these trying times of economic recession and recovery worldwide. Naturally, there are plenty of individuals who have had enough of contracts completely and not have not only gone the prepaid route, but are completely satisfied by the decision. For this reason, I believe it’s necessary for not just Android users— but any smartphone user to at least understand why prepaid mobile service may not be such a bad thing. » Read the rest
Looks like Huawei is set to bring an intriguing Blackberry alternative to the masses in the not-too-distant future. This keyboard-toting specimen called the M660 will be a portrait-mode QWERTY smartphone featuring a CDMA/EVDO radio inside, with the frequencies pointing specifically to the infamous MetroPCS brand. In addition, Huawei is more or less budget-friendly when it comes to many of its devices, so naturally the M660 will likely be no different as it will probably feature a few snaps of Gingerbread 2.3 and a modest ( < 1GHz) processor.
Additional details are scarce for now, but since it’s been outed on the Bluetooth SIG website, it won’t be a long wait before we see Huawei and/or MetroPCS spill out additional details.
MetroPCS just launched the affordable LG Optimus M+, a $129 handset with a 3.5-inch screen, 800MHz CPU, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread on board. It does not have access to Metro’s 4G LTE network, which helps keep the price down. The M+ is the follow up to MetroPCS’s first Android phone, the LG Optimus M, back in 2010. For more details, hit the source link below.
Sprint, the third largest carrier in the U.S., announced today that they plan to sell notes to raise $2 billion from investors. This will help pay for refinancing, network upgrades and possibly fund wireless partner Clearwire. This news comes at the heels of the abrupt cancellation of Sprint’s acquisition of the smaller MetroPCS.
Dan Hesse, Sprint’s CEO, will be doing his first Mobile World Congress keynote in Barcelona on March 1st. It is unsure if he will discuss plans for their LTE rollout, which will presumably use a chunk of the $2 billion, or if he plans to mention anything about the fund raising. We’ll have to wait until Thursday to find out.
Read the full press release after the break.
It’s that time a year again. The time where you brave the cold, dark and early hours to save a ton of money on your holiday shopping. As we told you before, it appears that Verizon knows this as well and has decided to bring some other great deals to you this holiday season. Starting with the Incredible 2, in red, Verizon will offer specific deals on specific days. This, coupled with the other Black Friday deals, Big Red is offering shows that they are very much in the Holiday Spirit.
- The DROID Incredible 2 (In Red) – Available online on Nov 24th, 25th, and 28th. Available nationwide in the Verizon Wireless Communications store for free after a $50 mail-in rebate on Friday, Nov. 25th only.
- The LG Revolution - Available online for $49.99 with a new two-year customer agreement on Nov. 24th, 25th and 28th. Available nationwide in Verizon Wireless Communications stores at holiday prices after a $50 mail-in rebate on Friday, Nov. 25th only.
- The Pantech Breakout – Available from Nov. 24th – Nov. 28th for $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a new two-year customer agreement.
- Motorola Xoom – Available online on Nov. 24th, 25th, and 28th at the special holiday price of $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement on Mobile Broadband plans beginning at $30/month for 2GB of data. Available nationwide in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores at holiday pricing on Friday, Nov. 25th only.
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 7-Inch Edition – Available from Nov. 24th – Nov. 28th after a $50 mail-in rebate and a new two-year customer agreement.
Today, during the final hours of CTIA 2011, I was treated to a glimpse at the upcoming revamped Huawei (pronounced wow-wey) M835. The M835 for MetroPCS is a special-edition Android device designed by Los Angeles-based cult apparel brand tokidoki. Heading to MetroPCS in the “coming weeks”, this stylized phone is available in both men’s and women’s flavors and is designed to fit discreetly in your pocket.
The Huawei M835 Sanctioned by tokidoki includes two interchangeable battery covers and is pre-loaded with a full content suite including a brand new tokidoki application, static and live wallpapers featuring tokidoki’s recognizable pop iconography, four original tokidoki ringtones and more. The casing of the handset has been redesigned to white with metallic cyan blue accents. The slick white coupled with the bold tokidoki iconography that adorns the inter-changeable backs offers both the MetroPCS and tokidoki communities the chance to collect a piece of mobile art.
The Huawei Tokidoki M835 is available exclusively through MetroPcs and has service plans beginning at $50 and $60 including tax and fees. Both plans include unlimited talk, text, and data throughout Metro USA’s nationwide coverage areas. While this may not be the device for you tech junkies, it is sure to be a hit among the young ones featuring a 2.8” QVGA display, 3.2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Android 2.2 Froyo.
Full press release after the break. » Read the rest
Last week we brought you leaked info about the upcoming LG Esteem, a 4G device aimed at customers who want entertainment services and a multimedia experience on their smartphone. Although originally slated to drop on MetroPCS, today the company has made the announcement official. The phone will be available for $249 plus tax after a $100 mail-in rebate through January 1st, 2012. The LG Esteem is sure to meet your entertainment needs at a reasonable 4G monthly fee. $50 will get you a no-contract, unlimited voice and data plan while $60 will get you the same but with full access to music from Rhapsody or videos from MetroSTUDIO.
The specs are the same as reported earlier, to recap they will be:
- 4.3-inch display
- Gorilla Glass
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread
- 1GHz Snapdragon processor
- 512MB RAM
- 8GB on-board storage
- 5MP rear camera (capable of 720p video recording)
- 1.3MP front-facing camera
- 1500mAh battery
- DLNA streaming
- Metro PCS’ CDMA/LTE network.
To see the press release and more photos, join us after the break.