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LG & MetroPCS Re-Upping Optimus M To Optimus M+

The original LG Optimus M on MetroPCS was by no stretch a bad phone. It was a  solid mid-range phone on a cost conscious prepaid network.

It appears that LG and MetroPCS are re-upping the Optimus S from top to bottom. The newer version will be called the LG Optimus M+.

According to Pocketnow the new version of the Optimus M will feature a 3.5″ display with 256,000 colors where the original had a 3.2″ display with 64,000 colors. The camera moves from 3.2 megapixels to 5.0 megapixels.

The’ve also upgraded the BlueTooth. The M+ with Android 2.3 Gingerbread should be available soon at MetroPCS stores.

Source: Pocketnow

HTC One V To Come In Purple And Black

The HTC One V is the lower end device in HTC’s new One series of smartphones that were announced at Mobile World Congress last month. Although it’s the device with the lower end specs, it does bring back the familiar “chin” that we saw on the original HTC G1 when Android first came out.

The One V features a 3.7″ SLCD2 display with a pixel density of 251ppi. It’s running on a 1ghz single core Qualcomm SnapDragon processor and 512mb of RAM. It runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with HTC Sense 4.0 on top.

We are expecting the HTC One V at a number of regional US carriers including Virgin Mobile, Metro PCS and US Cellular. It was announced on Wednesday that it will also be available in purple and black but we’re not sure which carriers will get these colorful versions.

source: Phonearena

Virgin Mobile, US Cellular And Metro PCS To Get HTC One V

Typically when a new device is released it takes a little bit of time on the market before the device, or a revised version of it, hits carriers like Virgin Mobile, Metro PCS and US Cellular.  That’s not the case with the new HTC One series of Android smartphones.

On Sunday at Mobile World Congress HTC went ahead and released carrier information for their new flagship line of phones. 140 carriers are on board for the release of the HTC One phones, and Virgin Mobile, US Cellular and Metro PCS are part of that list.

Sprint’s Virgin Mobile, prepaid carrier Metro PCS and regional carrier US Cellular will get the HTC One V.  The One V builds on a legacy design for HTC, with a “boot” or curved bottom reminiscent of earlier HTC devices.

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If MetroPCS Drops Their Unlimited Plan Does Anybody Notice?

Samsung Craft was MetroPCS' first 4G/LTE phone now discontinued along with their unlimited data plan

Despite the fact that MetroPCS is a prepaid carrier, they were the first in the United States to introduce 4G LTE. They even beat Verizon to the punch, although Verizon now has the largest 4G/LTE network in the country.

When MetroPCS introduced their 4G/LTE network they did it with the Samsung Craft a 4G/LTE feature phone running BREW. At that time they also introduced an unlimited plan that featured talk, text and unlimited data.

Apparently in December MetroPCS quietly ended that plan and stopped selling the Samsung Craft. They now have 4G/LTE available on a handful of Android devices.

Metro’s new 4G/LTE plan is $50 per month and includes unlimited talk, text and 1gb of multimedia streaming data. Web surfing is available on an unlimited basis going through their MetroWeb conduit.

source: PhoneArena

 

MetroPCS CFO: AT&T/T-Mobile Merger Likely To Fail

BGR is reporting today that MetroPCS CFO J. Braxton Carter has said that AT&T’s proposed $39 billion dollar merger with T-Mobile is likely to fail. Someone please send a memo to Mr. Carter and let him know that at 10:00 pm at night it’s likely to be dark.

What was the first indication for this brilliant and profound statement? Was it the attorney generals mounting up against the merger? Was it Dan Hesse’s constant speaking out against the merger? Was it the Department of Justice lawsuit against the merger?

No?

Maybe it was FCC Commissioner Julius Genachowski requesting an administrative hearing about the meger?  No? Perhaps it was AT&T and Deutsche Telekom withdrawing the merger application from the FCC?  Still no? Maybe it was the massive report prepared by the FCC declaring that most of AT&T’s proposed statements about the merger were false? Still no? Ok BGR tell us what brilliance Carter had into the merger likely failing:

Carter spoke at the UBS investor conference in New York City today and said:

 “almost kind of moot at this point given the intense opposition by the government.”

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MetroPCS Adds HTC Wildfire S To Their Line Up

MetroPCS has added the HTC Wildfire S to their line up of Android smartphones.

The HTC Wildfire S has been making it’s rounds on prepaid carriers with the latest being MetroPCS. The Wildfire S is a compact, stylish Android device running Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC’s UI, HTC Sense on top making it easy to use for first time smartphone, and first time Android users.

The WIldfire S features a 3.2 inch display with a resolution of 320 x 480 with Gorilla Glass on board. It has  5 megapixel camera with an LED flash and takes VGA video at 24 frames per second.

This isn’t a superphone by any stretch but it’s the perfect midrange device for the MetroPCS customer.

MetroPCS does have 4G LTE however the Wildfire S is a “3G” phone for their network. It’s the first HTC phone for the Dallas based carrier.

“As we continue to deliver Android for All to our customers, our partnership with HTC is yet another way we’re delivering today’s most advanced smartphones with the affordability and flexibility of our no-annual contract services,” said Tom Keys, president and chief operating officer of MetroPCS. “The HTC brand continues to increase in popularity given its high-quality, cutting-edge smartphones that allow consumers to do more while on the go. The HTC Wildfire S is a perfect example – a powerful, yet chic device that delivers the most of Android, while making it easier to enjoy the multimedia and entertainment consumers love.”

MetroPCS offers an unlimited plan that allows customers to choose a media service as well. For just $60 a month the MetroPCS customer gets unlimited calls, text, data and a choice between Rhapsody unlimited music  or MetroStuido’s unlimited video service. Both are offered as competition to Cricket’s Muve Music service.

“Through our partnership with MetroPCS, we hope to continue providing our consumers with the affordable, yet advanced, smartphones and multimedia content they demand, all with the flexibility of a pay-in-advance service,.” said Martin Fichter, vice president, product management, HTC Americas.

The HTC Wildfire S will be available this week at MetroPCS stores for $179 plus tax. That’s of course off contract so you own the phone for that $179 investment and pay as you go with MetroPCS.

source: MetroPCS

LG Esteem, Watered Down LG Revolution Headed For 4G/LTE On MetroPCS

Back in July we brought you this story about the LG Revolution headed to MetroPCS as the LG Bryce. Well now LG is bringing out the LG Esteem, and while it’s not quite the LG Revolution, it looks like its going to be a mid to high range Android device for MetroPCS’s 4G/LTE network.

Today, a tipster sent Androidcentral screenshots detailing the LG Esteem so we are going to assume that these are good credible specs.

4.3 inch LCD Display   (rumored in July 4.3″ WVGA)
1ghz single core Qualcomm SnapDragon Processor (same as rumor)
5mp rear facing camera and 1.3mp front facing camera (July rumor didn’t say 1.3mp but did say front facing camera)
4gb of internal storage.

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Metro PCS To Get Samsung Admire With Android 2.3 Gingerbread

MetroPCS is probably the most aggressive regional/prepaid carrier in the United States. They were the first carrier in the US to rollout any kind of 4G/LTE network. They’ve also been supportive of Android and currently has 4 Android handsets in their line up. Unfortunately none of them have the latest version of Android, Gingerbread.

Unwired is reporting by way of phonenews, that MetroPCS will be carrying the new Samsung Admire.  The Samsung Admire will feature a 3.5″ HVGA display, 3.2 megapixel camera, 800mhz processor, TouchWiz and of course Gingerbread.

Metro PCS is also expecting the LG Bryce which will be a 4G/LTE capable Android with Android 2.3, basically the LG Revolution for MetroPCS.

Source: Unwired
Photo: Howard Forums

LG Revolution Headed To MetroPCS As LG Bryce

Metro PCS the first carrier in America to offer a 4G/LTE network is adding another Android device to it’s roster.  With Virgin Mobile on the brink of releasing a powerful Android device to it’s prepaid customers in the Motorola Triumph, MetroPCS is firing back by bringing the LG Bryce.

The LG Bryce bares a very strong resemblance to the LG Revolution on Verizon Wireless which is Verizon’s latest 4G/LTE Android device.  The specs for the LG Bryce are just about the same check them out after the break
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Affordable Huawei Android Comes To MetroPCS

Huawei broke big news in June when it was announced that their Huawei Glory was headed to prepaid carrier Cricket Wireless. The Glory is supposed to have a dual core 1.4ghz processor and a whole lot more.  Well this isn’t nearly as big news as the Glory but Huawei has released another Android to another prepaid carrier.

The Huawei M835 is now available at MetroPCS for $79.99 after a $50 instant discount. Now keep in mind with MetroPCS for $79.99 that Huawi M835 is yours to keep, without a contract.

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Snoop Dogggg Teams Up With Metro PCS For Launch Of Samsung Indulge

Metro PCS has been known to do some ultra hip marketing and promotions. They are currently in the midst of their “Android For All” promotion utilizing the services of brands like Tapp Out and artists like the Far East Movement (who sing Like a G6) and DJ Khaled.

Now they’ve turned to the Dogg Father, Snoop D-O Quadrulple G  (4G’s get it) to help with marketing the Samsung Indulge, the world’s first commercially available 4G/LTE Android smartphone.

“It feels good to be working with MetroPCS and Samsung for the launch of the Galaxy Indulge. I’m stepping it up to 4G’s so my phone can keep up with my demanding, always-connected lifestyle,” said Mr. Dogggg.

Metro PCS is a regional prepaid carrier which has already lit up some major cities including Las Vegas and New York with their 4G LTE service.  Unlike the big 4 carriers, MetroPCS isn’t going to charge you an arm and a leg to get 4G/LTE service.  Their plans come in at the $50 and $60 range with unlimited talk, text and 4G/LTE web browsing.

Metro PCS has teamed up with Mr. Dogggg (aka Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Doggy Dogg aka Calvin Brodus) for the “Indulge With Snoop Dogggg” sweepstakes. The winner will get to meet Snoop Dogggg face to face. The grand prize package is a trip to a Snoop Dogggg concert with VIP treatment, front row tickets, backstage passes, airfare and incidentals and two Samsung Indulge 4G/LTE Android phones. Just go to your nearest MetroPCS store to register there is no purchase necessary.

As for the Indulge, it features Android 2.2 (froyo), slide out qwerty keyboard, 3mp camera, camcorder, and expandable memory. The Samsung Indulge is $399 plus tax. MetroPCS is a prepaid carrier so you own the phone and pay month to month. With Verizon dragging their feet on the launch of the HTC Thunderbolt, the Samsung Indulge on MetroPCS is the first 4G/LTE Android device available in the US.

Source: Metro PCS

DJ’S, Recording Artists And More Kick Off Metro PCS Android For All Campaign

We all know about “The Gtab Song “inspired by artists “The Far East Movement” and their hit song “Like A G6” well it turns out that the Far East Movement are in fact Android fans.  The Far East Movement has joined the ranks of DJ Khaled, DJ Skee and Rob Roy along with lifestyle brands TapOut, Famous Stars and Straps, Fly Society and Young And Reckless, to kick off the Android For All campaign.

MetroPCS and SA Studios have combined forces to start a campaign called Android for All which is about putting more Android handsets into the hands of more people.  The use of well known dj’s, recording artists and lifestyle brands helps put the coolness and urban factor into Android even Andy Rubin has proclaimed, is an operating system for “Early Adopters”. By showing Android off in these settings MetroPCS thinks more people will choose an Android device.

“Our collaboration with SA Studios on Android for All reinforces that MetroPCS offers a growing selection of affordable Android handsets which allows all of our customers to have access to the latest phones and apps that fit their unique lifestyles and let them do more every day,” said Phil Terry, senior vice president of corporate marketing for MetroPCS.

MetroPCS is joining the ranks of Cricket Wireless in getting more Android smartphones into the hands of customers that don’t like traditional long term contracts and wouldn’t get a smartphone if it weren’t for Android and prepaid carriers.

The Android For All Campaign features it’s own mixtape by DJ Skee and featuring Snoop Dog, Kanye, JayZ and some of the artists in the campaign. There is also an art contest so to speak, where people can design their own Android toy and MetroPCS will produce them in a limited run. The winner will receive a 50′ version of their design, 3 vinyl copies of their design and an LG Optimus M smartphone.  The runners up will also receive the LG Optimus M.

The campaign will run through March of 2011 and will be supported by In Store appearances by the artists and DJs involved with the campaign.

To download the mixtape Go here

Source: MetroPCS

Metro PCS Adds LTE to New York, Boston and Sacremento! <-- Remember They Were First

Metro PCS, the first company that introduced an LTE network in the United States, has added New York City, Boston and Sacremento to it’s LTE footprint.

Metro PCS’s 4G LTE network is accessible via the Samsung Craft the first LTE handset commercially available in the United States. The Samsung Craft is a fully featured feature phone with access to email, text messaging, clear voice calls and MetroStudio,  on the LTE network. LTE pricing for Metro PCS starts at $55 per month without requiring a contract.

“As the only no annual contract, pay-in-advance wireless service provider offering 4G LTE services, we continue to build our network to allow more customers to experience our unparalleled value and flexible, affordable service,” said Robert Lindquist, Metro PCS’s CEO

Metro PCS is expected to release smartphones and more feature phones as part of their LTE network in the first part of 2011.

With this addition Metro PCS now offers LTE 4G services in New York City, Boston, Sacremento, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Philadelphia and San Francisco.

Source: Metro PCS Press Release