The first official U.S. rollout of LTE continues slowly, but surely. Philadelphia and Los Angeles are the latest to reap the rewards of MetroPCS’s next-generation network–bringing the grand total of cities with access to the pay-in-advance provider’s 4G LTE services to five–with Detroit, Dallas/Ft. Worth, and Las Vegas already sporting the speedy connection.
Not failing to realize that great technology requires great accessibility, MetroPCS also announced the sales launch of the Samsung Craft. The U.S.’s fifth-ranked mobile service provider hopes “the world’s first commercially available 4G LTE-enabled multimedia handset” can give consumers the full scope of their “4G” advantage. The price point should be of some allure for those too impatient to wait on Verizon and AT&T’s wireless improvements. The smartphone running on Samsung’s own OS with TouchWiz goes for $299 with monthly service plans ranging between $55 and $60 (tax included).
MetroPCS is having an announcement-laden day, which saw their stock leap to a 52-week high. They also raised the curtain on their nationwide Metro USA service, which gives customers cell access to areas where 90% of the population are covered at no additional cost. Things are about to pick up quite for their LTE deployment, as there are plans to expand “4G” service to Atlanta, Boston, Jacksonville, Miami, New York, Orlando, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Tampa by the end of year/early 2011. The most interesting caveat to the “4G” rollout, is that several of the cities in line for the service haven’t even had access to 3G via their provider, so it remains to be seen if the shift in quality will be without issue. If things go as planned, their customers are in for a pleasant surprise.