MetroPCS surprised everybody when it launched 4G LTE service in September (in Las Vegas), becoming the first wireless carrier in America to do so. They also came right out of the gate with an LTE handset--the Samsung Craft--shirking the common carrier practice of releasing a USB card first and a phone later on. OK, so the Craft isn't the best smartphone in the world, but it was first LTE phone to become available in the U.S.
We learn today that MetroPCS has now launched the same LTE service and the same LTE phone in three more large markets--Boston, New York City and Sacramento, bringing the total number of MetroPCS LTE cities up to nine. The service is also available in Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and San Francisco.
The carrier is offering unlimited talk, text and internet service plans starting at $55 per month, including taxes and regulatory fees--with no service contract. For the $60 plan, customers get access to MetroSTUDIO, which has content including on-demand premium video with 18 channels, multimedia and ringtones.
The Samsung Craft is available in MetroPCS stores or online for $299 plus tax after a $50 instant rebate, the carrier says. The Craft features a 3.3 inch AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) screen, a 2GB MicroSD card, touch screen, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 3.2 megapixel camera with flash, a camcorder and a Wi-Fi radio.
“As the only no annual contract, pay-in-advance wireless service provider offering 4G LTE services, we continue to build our network to allow more customers to experience our unparalleled value and flexible, affordable service,” said MetroPCS CEO Roger D. Linquist in a press release Wednesday.
MetroPCS says it plans to roll out 4G LTE service yet this year and in 2011, including Atlanta, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando and Tampa.