It looks as if T-Mobile and MetroPCS are indeed following through with their merger plans as they’ve given a tentative merger completion date of April – June of 2013. This gives both networks adequate time to explain the plan to the United States government and get final approval from regulators. Both networks will also need time to explain the process to customers as well, though it looks as if both networks will run separately for a time after the merger.
If you’re unaware, once the merger is completed, MetroPCS devices will be forced to drop onto T-Mobile’s 3G cellular bands. Once this is completed, T-Mobile will have more room to produce a high-quality 4G LTE network for their users. As far as we know, once this is completed, MetroPCS customers will then be considered T-Mobile US customers. This would then allow T-Mobile to be a prime contestant in the race for the third major mobile carrier in the United States and give them an edge over Verizon and AT&T if they can keep their prices low.
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Source: Reuters via Phandroid
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Remember the Samsung Forte, the phone which we posted some leaked information about, a few weeks back? Well, it’s actually called the Samsung Galaxy Indulge, and it will be launching in a week.
It was leaked again on the MetroPCS website, and is priced at $399 for the contract free version. It is one of the first LTE devices which will be launched in the US. It comes with two plans – the $50 plan offers 1 GB data while the $60 plan offers unlimited data. Both plans offer unlimited calls and text messages.
The Galaxy Indulge seems to be a smaller version of the Epic 4G. It has a smaller 3.5 inch touchscreen HVGA display and comes with a sliding keyboard. It also has a 3 MP camera and comes with Android 2.2 Froyo with the TouchWiz 3.0 UI. It is powered by a 1 GHz processor and will have 512 MB RAM. It comes loaded with the Iron Man 2 movie on a 4 GB microSD card. It also has all the basics in place – Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS.
The Galaxy Indulge seems to be a nice LTE smartphone option for Android fans. It will likely launch by the end of this week, and might beat the Verizon HTC Thunderbolt to become the first LTE smartphone in the US.
Samsung Hub has come across some details and a leaked image of a new Android smartphone by Samsung – the Samsung Forte. Apparently, it is an LTE enabled device for MetroPCS. It will sport a sliding QWERTY keyboard and will come with a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor and a 5 MP camera.
It will run Android 2.2 Froyo with the TouchWiz UI but will likely get an upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. No other details are out yet.
via Samsung Hub
MetroPCS recently launched its first Android phone, the LG Optimus M. This handset is the MetroPCS’ own version of the popular budget smartphone, LG Optimus One. LG already managed to sell more than 1 million units of LG Optimus One in just 40 days. Optimus M runs on the latest Android 2.2 operating system.
LG and MetroPCS have come together to offer consumers the first no annual contract Android smartphone at an exceptional value,said Tim O’Brien, vice president of consumer and trade marketing for LG Mobile Phones. LG Optimus M is an easy-to-use handset with the capabilities of the latest Android technology and features to enhance the consumers’ experience.
LG Optimus features a 3.2 inch display with 320 x 480 pixels resolution, 600MHz processor, Android 2.2 operating system, virtual QWERTY keyboard, Swype embedded, 3.2 megapixel camera for sharing pics on social networking sites, Wi-Fi connectivity, MicroSD card slot, 3.5 mm audio jack, Multi-app screens and more.
This handset allows you to access more than 100,000 apps from the Android Market. LG Optimus M will be available contract-free from MetroPCS for $229 with a $50 monthly service plan.