Samsung Bows LTE-Based 3G/4G Phone


LAS VEGAS — Samsung revealed a U.S.-market 3G/4G cellphone that uses Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G technology at CTIA Wireless 2010, here.

The SCH-r900 handset will be rolled out sometime in the second half and be one of the first commercially available LTE-enabled, multi-mode CDMA 4G handsets in the U.S. when prepaid carrier MetroPCS launches the handset to support the commercial rollout of its LTE network, Samsung said. The network will be commercially operating in select metropolitan markets, including Las Vegas, in the second half of 2010.

The MetroPCS phone will operate in 3G CDMA mode for voice and data in the carrier’s 3G network and in 4G mode for data in the carrier’s planned 4G LTE network. The carrier operates in the 1.9GHz and 1.7/2.1GHz Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) bands.

The company didn’t demonstrate the device at the show and declined to reveal details such as the phone’s OS.

Dallas-based MetroPCS offers unlimited, flat-rate, no-contract services. It is the fifth largest facilities-based wireless carrier in the U.S. based on subscriber numbers of more than 6.6 million as of year-end 2009, the carrier said. MetroPCS offers coverage in areas with a population of about 144 million people.


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