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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.