MetroPCS Launching an LTE-Infused Android Q1 2011; Will Enable Voice Calls Over LTE Network



MetroPCS’s CEO Roger Linquist – at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference today – has just announced plans to launch new LTE smartphones throughout the first half of 2011, and he reassured everyone that at least one of those phones would be Android-enabled (and that specific offering would more than likely be outed in Q1). They’ll also introduce VoLTE – or voice-over-LTE – allowing folks to make their calls over Metro’s high-speed data network for more crisp and clear calls. We’ll pass any additional information along as soon as we can get it. [via Fierce Wireless]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Wow Verizon how do you let small as Metro PCS beat you to the punch in this?

  2. that’s interesting that PCS will allow voice call on LTE.. since ITU hasn’t set the standard for voice on LTE (this is why you see data cards before phones, data standard is out first then voice later).
    I wish they had higher end phones, from what I’ve see (granted, haven’t checked in two months), their phones are mid range at best. Any seen/know of higher end (snap dragon gent 1 or 2) phones on PCS?

  3. Don’t want to upset anyone (particularly not ‘lost’ above), but it won’t be ITU-T defining Voice over LTE. GSMA’s VoLTE initiative (which I lead) is defining the Voice implementation for LTE. It is backed by every major mobile operator you care to name, and has been running for the last 10 months. It took the work of the ‘One Voice’ effort and expanded the support whilst finishing off all those functions you know and love today – like interconnect and roaming. Take a look at http://www.gsmworld.com/volte for more.

  4. Hi Dan ,
    what is the current progress on GSMA’s One Voice?
    When can we expect the Mobile phones based on this ..?

  5. First LTE Android will be the Samsung Forte. Samsung made Metro’s first LTE phone, the “feature phone” Craft. Makes sense they will also supply the first LTE Android phone.

    A video of an unknown LTE Android was on Metro’s YouTube channel briefly, to demonstrate a mobile banking feature. But the phone was attracting more notice than the banking demonstration — so the video was abruptly pulled. Metro wants customers to buy phones in their inventory right now, not wait for some future phone that has not been officially announced yet. Insiders said it was an upcoming phone called the Samsung Forte.

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