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MetroPCS: Las Vegas first, other cities are on the way!

Sunday, September 26, 2010
MetroPCS has officially launched Long Term Evolution Service in Las Vegas, making it the first commercial LTE deployment in the U.S.

In addition to the LTE 4G network launch, MetroPCS has also announced the availability of the Samsung Craft, the first LTE phone which was announced earlier this year, in the Las Vegas area, as well as from MetroPCS' web site www.metropcs.com for $299 after rebate.

According to MetroPCS, service plans for its LTE network will cost $55 or $60 (which includes taxes and fees). MetroPCS has also added a list of cities that will have LTE coverage "soon" including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and others.

MetroPCS notes that the Craft does not use a SIM card. Rather, it uses a Universal Integrated Circuit Card (UICC), that can only be used in the device which it was placed in, to tell the network that the phone is allowed to access.

Users who purchase the Craft will have access to MetroPCS' 3G network across the U.S. and MetroPCS' LTE network when in one of the 14 initial launch cities. MetroPCS didn't specify what sort of download/upload speeds users can expect with its LTE network.

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