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Samsung Says MetroPCS Launching LTE in September

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Aug 27, 2010, 8:12 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

A Samsung executive has said that MetroPCS plans to launch its Long Term Evolution network in September using Samsung networking equipment and will also launch the Samsung-made Craft LTE phone. Jaebeom Choi, vice president of systems research and development for Samsung Electronics, said that Las Vegas and Dallas would be the first two markets to see MetroPCS' LTE network. If MetroPCS launches LTE and the Craft in September, they would be the first LTE network and first LTE phone to launch in the U.S. Verizon Wireless is planning to launch LTE in 25 to 30 markets later this year, but Verizon hasn't given an exact time frame. Earlier this month, MetroPCS CEO Roger Linquist identified the carrier's first LTE phone as the Samsung Craft, and the price will be comparable to other MetroPCS handsets, which should put it somewhere close to $300. Neither MetroPCS nor Samsung has offered details about what operating system the Craft will run. The Craft was approved by the FCC with LTE in July.

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Aug 30, 2010, 5:03 PM

And when they launch LTE in Vegas--

--how far will South Florida be, if at all?

You go to Metro's website to check out 3G coverage and you can't make heads or tails of it. Does South Florida have 3G? Nobody knows!

Aug 27, 2010, 8:38 AM

Sometimes I wonder why Las Vegas seems to always be first with Nexgen networks.

Las Vegas was among the first 16 cities when Cingular launched UMTS. Las Vegas was among the earliest cities to get WiMax in August of 09. And now Las Vegas is among the first cities to get LTE. And I believe Las Vegas will be among Verizon's initial launch cities for LTE. And we'll probably know for sure sometime in the next 5-6wks.

So I wonder why Las Vegas is always high on the list of cities to get nexgen wireless networks. Maybe it's cause of all the conventions here.
Las Vegas is host to millions of millions of people coming in to gamble, see shows and concerts, etc. It makes sense to make Vegas a priority for network enhancements as it gets TONS of traffic.

Tons of people+a variety of different wireless carri...
Jayshmay said:
I wonder why Las Vegas is always high on the list of cities to get nexgen wireless networks. Maybe it's cause of all the conventions here.

Hey, Jay, did you notice?

The sky is BLUE. Very Happy

Isn't ironic that it is never a gamble to test cell sites and service in the gambling capital of the world?

Aug 27, 2010, 10:20 AM

Luck be a Lady.............

What better place to take a gamble on something than in Vegas right??? Wink
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