Las Vegas - Samsung became the first handset vendor here at CTIA Wireless 2010 to unveil a U.S.-market 3G/4G cellphone that uses LTE (Long Term Evolution) 4G technology.
The SCH-r900 handset will 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 AWS (Advanced Wireless Services) bands. Additional handset details were unavailable.
Samsung's announcement here at Wireless 2010 followed a demo at the show by Sprint of its planned 3G/4G smartphone, the Android 2.1-based full-touch
, which accesses Sprint's 4G WiMAX and 3G CDMA Rev. A networks for data and Sprint's 3G CDMA network for voice. Like the MetroPCS LTE phone, the Sprint phone is due sometime in the summer.
Dallas-based MetroPCS offers unlimited, flat-rate, no-contract services. It's 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. Between its own network and roaming agreements, MetroPCS offers coverage in areas with a population of about 144 million people.