Huawei M660 QWERTY Smartphone Outed By Bluetooth SIG

by Roy Alugbue on
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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.

source: Bluetooth SIG
via: pocketnow

MetroPCS Launches LG Optimus M+

by Ed Caggiani on
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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.

source: metropcs


Sprint Raising $2 Billion From Investors

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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.

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Verizon Announces Holiday Savings Bonanza, Kicks It Off With Red Incredible 2

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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.
The Sony Xperia Play, among others, will also be available for free from Nov. 24th – Nov. 28th. Add this with both Amazon and MetroPCS’ Penny Pincher and Black Friday deals, those looking who are in the market for a new phone have some amazing deals to choose from. Also you can follow Verizon on both Foursquare and Facebook to get information on additional deals that are happening during this time .For a complete list of the Black Friday deals that are going on you can click here, otherwise follow the break below to see Verizon’s full press release.

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Tokidoki edition Huawei M835 heading to MetroPCS

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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.

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LG Esteem headed to MetroPCS

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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.

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Samsung Admire lands on MetroPCS for $129

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When we covered the Samsung Admire last, we gave you a rundown of the specs. Now we know the price. MetroPCS will be getting in on the increase in school shopping by offering the Samsung Admire for as little as $129 on plans of $50 or more.  To sweeten the deal, they will even throw in a mail-in coupon for $15 off at the Amazon App store. Not too shabby for a Gingerbread 2.3 device.

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MetroPCS will offer Rhapsody Unlimited Music for Android phones

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If you are a big music fan, you might want to look at MetroPCS. They are offering a new plan called Rhapsody Unlimited Music for Android phones which features unlimited talk, text, web, multimedia streaming and downloading access, and of course, music. You will have access to the 12 million songs that are in the Rhapsody library which you can stream or download for listening without a connection.

All of this will cost $60 per month which is not bad, but with $50 to $55 unlimited plans offered elsewhere, the Rhapsody part of the equation does not feel like that much of a bonus. It’s is not a bad deal if you happen to be a fan of Rhapsody.

[via metropcs]

Verizon May Expand its Unlimited Prepaid Plan to a Larger Market

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Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo tells us at a presentation in Boston of their new $50 unlimited prepaid offering, citing its profitability even though it is only currently in a small test market.

“The trial has gone very, very well for us,” he said. “It didn’t cannibalize the base and we actually evaluated our prepaid business and took some share.”

What Shammo is referencing, of course, is the new plan called ‘Unleashed’, which is currently being tested in small markets around Florida and California. The plan is in direct competition with Sprint Nextel and MetroPCS. Verizon’s prepaid share has been fairly low, even losing 3.4% in the course of a year. By contrast, Nextel and MetroPCS saw increases of 5.% and 19%, respectively.

Verizon hopes to restore their prepaid share with this plan, and it certainly seems that they are on their way to doing just that.

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MetroPCS to Now Sell the Samsung Admire

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If Samsung were a ninja… well, let’s just say that he’s not a very good one. It isn’t like we didn’t see the Admire’s release on MetroPCS from a mile away, but regardless, we’re excited to report this news. The Admire features a tried-and-true 800MHz processor, 3.2MP camera, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, and a handful of other features you would expect to find on any other phone released in the past two years. This phone is being released just in time for back-to-school, so you can bet it won’t be more than $150-$200. Regardless if this was a “surprise” or not, the Admire should make a decent phone for anyone on a budget.

[via prnewswire]