Regional wireless carrier MetroPCS is planning to launch an Android smartphone that will utilize its 4G LTE network in the first quarter of 2011. Company CEO Roger Linquist announced the carrier’s intentions of expanding its current LTE portfolio, which thus far comprises only of the Samsung Craft feature phone, during an investor call. Linquist says that the Android smartphone will be one of six handsets destined for the carrier before mid-year 2011. Linquist mentions that pricing for 4G LTE smartphones will range between $199 and $500.
According to Fierce Wireless, MetroPCS will be utilizing voice over LTE, or VoLTE, technology to help increase adoption of LTE:
However, he did say that the company plans to use VoLTE (voice over LTE) technology on its Android smartphones so that the company can quickly migrate customers from its CDMA network to its LTE network.
National carrier Verizon Wireless, which had already begun to roll out its LTE networks across 38 metropolitan areas, plans on adopting VoLTE technology by late 2012 or early 2013.
Via: Fierce Wireless