MetroPCS to launch 4G LTE Android phone in early 2011
MetroPCS already has a 4G LTE handset – the Samsung Craft QWERTY slider – but this is just a feature phone, not a smartphone.
So in case you’re wondering when will the regional carrier have a 4G smartphone, the answer seems to be: in early 2011.
According to Fierce Wireless, the new smartphone will run Android (most likely 2.3 Gingerbread) and it could be commercially available as soon as February. About six other LTE handsets should be launched by MetroPCS by mid 2011.
There’s no word on what company will make MetroPCS’ first Android handset, but it might be Samsung.
Roger Linquist, CEO of MetroPCS, expects LTE smartphones to be “priced very similar to 3G smartphones” – which means they should have prices from $200 to $400 – $500.
Yesterday, Verizon launched LTE services, too, becoming the second US mobile carrier to do so (after MetroPCS, of course). However, Verizon won’t have any LTE phones until next year.