MetroPCS landed its first smartphone this week when it introduced the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8330. The handset has all the features you'd expect from a BlackBerry device, which is to say it goes far beyond the majority of MetroPCS phones. Inside you'll find messaging and e-mail, a personal organizer, a 2-megapixel camera, a music player, 3G support, voice commands, a memory card slot, and stereo Bluetooth. Only the red model is available, but you get the same roomy keyboard.
The wonderful and torturous thing about GSMA Mobile World Congress is that you get to see handsets from a number of international manufacturers that are beyond imagination but will most likely never make it Stateside.
Take ZTE for example. It may not be a recognized cell phone brand in the United States, although the company does offer a couple of its handsets through MetroPCS, including the ZTE C79 and the ZTE C88, but it happens to be one of China's largest handset manufacturers.
ZTE will, once again, make the voyage to Barcelona this year and revealed on Tuesday that … Read more
Wednesday morning on Today, I figured there was a reason someone stood behind Matt Lauer in Rockefeller Center and waved a MetroPCS sign. An odd assortment of characters is continually showing up in those outdoor segments, but this was particularly strange.
But after I got to work and read the news, it all made sense. Wednesday, the no-contract, low-cost carrier activated service in New York City and Boston.
In New York, service will extended outside the city to Newark and Paterson, N.J., while Boston service will include Worcester, Mass.; Providence, R.I.; and Manchester, N.H. MetroPCS already has … Read more
Location matters. Black Swan-author Nassim Nicholas Taleb finds "living in big cities invaluable because you increase the odds of serendipitous encounters – you gain exposure to the envelope of serendipity." That's particularly true for romance. People move to big cities not to advance their careers, party, escape, disappear, be a star, and so on. The chick-flick fan that I am, I remember very well that candid line from Sex and the City (the movie): "I came to New York City to fall in love." Exactly. "Anyone who's predicting the decline of big cities has … Read more
Just a week after it launched the ZTE C78, MetroPCS added another new phone to its lineup when it unveiled the Samsung Byline. Also called the SCH-r310, the Byline has a minimalist flip phone with clean lines and a shiny red color.
Features are basic but functional. You'll find text and multimedia messaging, Bluetooth, support for the carrier's ChatLink push-to-talk service, a WAP Web browser, voice recognition, an airplane mode, organizer features, and a speakerphone. We don't know a price yet, but we'll pass on when we do.
MetroPCS added the previously announced ZTE C78 phone to its lineup this week. This marks the third ZTE phone to hit MetroPCS this year; the no-contract, regional carrier continues to be the main place for ZTE fans in the United States to get their fix.
The C78 offers a candy-bar design in an eye-catching purple hue (didn't we tell you that purple is the new red?). That's a change from MetroPCS's previous ZTE phones, as both the C79 and C88 are flip phones. Features are slim, but functional. You'll find Bluetooth, a VGA camera, personal organizer … Read more
Regional carrier MetroPCS announced Thursday that it would expand its coverage to more than 300 cities in the continental United States starting November 10. The Unlimited Nationwide service will be free (read: no roaming fees) for MetroPCS customers with $45- or $50-per-month service plans, while other MetroPCS customers can add it for an additional $5 per month. MetroPCS offers no-contract, unlimited calling plans in 14 markets across the country.
MetroPCS is the first stop for Samsung's answer to the LG Rumor. The Samsung Messenger, also called the SCH-R450, offers a candy bar design with a 262,000-color display and a slide out keyboard to warm your text-loving heart. Though the phone's overall styling is rather bland, the feature set is respectable. Inside you'll find a 1.3-megapixel camera, an MP3 player, e-mail and instant messaging, stereo Bluetooth, USB mass storage, organizer features, a speakerphone, voice recognition, 20MB of internal storage, and an microSD card slot.
The Messenger costs $199, which may seem a tad expensive, but … Read more
Last week Nicole Lee took you on a guided tour of the Samsung MyShot SCH-R430 for MetroPCS. Though the handset is nothing fancy, she liked the MyShot's excellent call quality and bright displays. That all sounds great if you use MetroPCS, but starting today Alltel customers can get in on the fun as well. Alltel's MyShot is almost identical to the MetroPCS model, except that it comes in both red and basic black. Features are the same, however. Inside you'll find a 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, a speakerphone, voice dialing and a wireless Web browser. You can … Read more
UTStarcom didn't have much of a presence at this year's CTIA, but it did sneak in an announcement of the AWS-enabled CDM-7126 handset for both Cricket and MetroPCS. The Cricket version is dubbed the CDM-7126C and the MetroPCS version is dubbed the CDM-7126M. They're both about the same, save for the look of the front surface. As for the phone itself, it's a pretty standard device, made for the entry-level market though it does have Bluetooth as well. The front surface is pretty unique in that there are LED indicators for incoming calls and text messages, … Read more