What a shame that the first LTE 4G phone is a bog-standard Samsung. It has a tiny AMOLED screen, runs on the TouchWiz OS, and that slide-out QWERTY? I just don't like the look of those buttons. Still...
...There's no disputing that Las Vegas residents are going to get awesome speeds on it, as that's where MetroPCs has rolled out their LTE infrastructure first. It's the first phone to launch using the LTE network globally, but if you're wondering where the HTC EVO 4G fits into all this, it might be worth reading this explanation on WiMax and LTE first.
It has a 3.2MP camera with flash, and comes with a 2GB microSD card preloaded with the Star Trek movie. I fear they think it's 2009, with some of those specs, but if it's doing it for you, it can be had for $299 after a $50 rebate.
Samsung Supplies World's First Commercially Available 4G Multi-Mode Handset and Las Vegas LTE Infrastructure for MetroPCS
DALLAS– September 21, 2010 - Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. . 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S. 1 and MetroPCS Communications, Inc., the nation's leading provider of unlimited, no annual contract, flat-rate wireless service, today announced the commercial launch of the world's first 4G LTE-enabled, multi-mode, CDMA handset, the Samsung Craft™ (SCH-r900). Samsung Mobile also supplied the LTE infrastructure for MetroPCS' commercial launch of 4G LTE service in Las Vegas, the first in the United States.
The Samsung Craft is available at MetroPCS stores and online in the Las Vegas metropolitan area for $299, after a $50 instant rebate, plus tax. The Samsung Craft boasts a brilliant, 3.3-inch AMOLED touchscreen display and sliding QWERTY keyboard. Powered by 4G LTE technology, the Craft provides a faster HTML Web experience, full-track music downloads and video streaming.
"It is extremely gratifying to introduce the Samsung Craft as the world's first commercially available LTE-enabled handset operating on infrastructure by Samsung as part of the first LTE commercial network and services to be offered in the U.S.," said Omar Khan, chief strategy officer for Samsung Mobile. "The Craft combines 4G speed and a multimedia device packed with full Web, entertainment and productivity features."
The Craft's built-in 3.2 megapixel camera with flash and camcorder with auto-focus features single, multi, panorama, mosaic and frame shot to capture photos instantly on the go. Additionally, the Craft includes a 2GB microSD card, preloaded with the Paramount Pictures' hit movie "Star Trek". The handset's full feature set is completed by a music player, Wi-Fi connectivity, Stereo Bluetooth® capabilities and microSD memory storage up to 32GB.
Along with the Craft, Samsung Mobile supplied LTE infrastructure for MetroPCS' Las Vegas LTE network. Samsung Mobile's advanced commercial LTE network products allow wireless operators like MetroPCS to provide advanced services using the world's first LTE-compatible handsets as well as new and innovative network solutions. LTE makes services possible, including real-time streaming video, music downloads, 4G enhanced Web browsing capabilities and access downloadable applications.
Samsung Mobile's commercial LTE network products leverage years of 4G orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA) commercial network experience with flexible bandwidth support of 1.4 to 20 MHz standards. Samsung Mobile's network infrastructure solutions support a wide portfolio of Enhanced Node B (eNB) products, including rack types, remote radio heads, picocells, femtocells and distributed antenna system (DAS) hosts.
Samsung Mobile has been a driving force to accelerate the LTE service and standardization by active participation of various working groups at 3GPP and LSTI (LTE/SAE Trial Initiative). Samsung Mobile ranked at the top place in the number of contributions and obtained most of essential IPRs.
Visit MetroPCS' website at www.metropcs.com for specific locations or to purchase the Samsung Craft and sign up for service plans. To find out more information on the Samsung Craft, please visit www.samsungwireless.com or www.samsungusanews.com.