Today Samsung and MetroPCS announced the launch of the first 4G LTE phone, the Samsung Craft (available now only in Las Vegas). And to show how futuristic their new phone is, they have chosen to include the a special bonus, the 2009 Star Trek movie built in. Details below.
SAMSUNG MOBILE LAUNCHES THE SAMSUNG CRAFT™, THE WORLD’S FIRST COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE 4G LTE HANDSET, AND SUPPLIES INFRASTRUCTURE FOR METROPCS’ FIRST U.S. COMMERCIAL LTE SERVICE LAUNCH IN LAS VEGAS
Samsung Supplies World’s First Commercially Available 4G Multi-Mode Handset and Las Vegas LTE Infrastructure for MetroPCS
DALLAS– September 21, 2010 – Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. . 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S. 1 and MetroPCS Communications, Inc., the nation’s leading provider of unlimited, no annual contract, flat-rate wireless service, today announced the commercial launch of the world’s first 4G LTE-enabled, multi-mode, CDMA handset, the Samsung Craft™ (SCH-r900). Samsung Mobile also supplied the LTE infrastructure for MetroPCS’ commercial launch of 4G LTE service in Las Vegas, the first in the United States.
The Samsung Craft is available at MetroPCS stores and online in the Las Vegas metropolitan area for $299, after a $50 instant rebate, plus tax. The Samsung Craft boasts a brilliant, 3.3-inch AMOLED touchscreen display and sliding QWERTY keyboard. Powered by 4G LTE technology, the Craft provides a faster HTML Web experience, full-track music downloads and video streaming.
"It is extremely gratifying to introduce the Samsung Craft as the world’s first commercially available LTE-enabled handset operating on infrastructure by Samsung as part of the first LTE commercial network and services to be offered in the U.S.," said Omar Khan, chief strategy officer for Samsung Mobile. "The Craft combines 4G speed and a multimedia device packed with full Web, entertainment and productivity features."
The Craft’s built-in 3.2 megapixel camera with flash and camcorder with auto-focus features single, multi, panorama, mosaic and frame shot to capture photos instantly on the go. Additionally, the Craft includes a 2GB microSD card, preloaded with the Paramount Pictures’ hit movie "Star Trek". The handset’s full feature set is completed by a music player, Wi-Fi connectivity, Stereo Bluetooth® capabilities and microSD memory storage up to 32GB.
Along with the Craft, Samsung Mobile supplied LTE infrastructure for MetroPCS’ Las Vegas LTE network. Samsung Mobile’s advanced commercial LTE network products allow wireless operators like MetroPCS to provide advanced services using the world’s first LTE-compatible handsets as well as new and innovative network solutions. LTE makes services possible, including real-time streaming video, music downloads, 4G enhanced Web browsing capabilities and access downloadable applications.
Samsung Mobile’s commercial LTE network products leverage years of 4G orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA) commercial network experience with flexible bandwidth support of 1.4 to 20 MHz standards. Samsung Mobile’s network infrastructure solutions support a wide portfolio of Enhanced Node B (eNB) products, including rack types, remote radio heads, picocells, femtocells and distributed antenna system (DAS) hosts.
Samsung Mobile has been a driving force to accelerate the LTE service and standardization by active participation of various working groups at 3GPP and LSTI (LTE/SAE Trial Initiative). Samsung Mobile ranked at the top place in the number of contributions and obtained most of essential IPRs.
Visit MetroPCS’ website at www.metropcs.com for specific locations or to purchase the Samsung Craft and sign up for service plans. To find out more information on the Samsung Craft, please visit www.samsungwireless.com or www.samsungusanews.com .
Its amazing how much stuff can STILL have last years Trek be a main selling point.
I think its a credit to the amazing work the ‘Supreme Court’ did in rebooting our franchise successfully. Love it!
Why those crafty devils…
Man. And I was just thinking about an upgrade. Thanks TrekMovie! You gave me much to consider over the Droid.
I really don’t see how people would want to watch a film on their phone.
Plus, imagine draining your batteries for this and then needing to make an important call.
Promoting the 1st movie has already begun. I see Paramount wants people to get re-acquainted with the brand, hopefully in time for 2012. Hopefully they beat the 385 mill with trek 09′.
Too late. Bought a Samsung Galaxy S two weeks ago. BTW, the battery capacity so far is awesome. For normal calling it’ll last as long as my last phone — say 3 days. For video, it’ll get through a movie and still have a few calls left. I can’t say I know enough about smart phones to know which is best… which is probably why Samsung is including a movie with a phone. Ha. You magnificent b*st*rds!
Already own the movie but I guess its good for the promotion of Star Trek
2. Waiting rooms
3. You made the mistake of going to the mall with your girlfriend and now she is trying on clothes.
this is the first step of three…
sprint bought metropcs
sprint and t-mobile are merging (dont give me “they are two different systems and non-compatible”..so was nextel when sprint bought them..now they are the largest two way with nextel and boost)
apple to go exclusive with sprint because of the problems theyve had with att rolling out their phones before getting the bugs worked out same as att has done with their u-verse that doesnt work in most of their service areas
the final stab is verizon just bought some 30k chips for the iphone then apple makes the decision to go with sprint. verizon rushing to get phones out early just like att did
just some fyi stuff
way to go metro
I guess this is the version of the phone Sprint calls the EPIC. Or am I wrong?
might be kind of the same..but once you’ve seen the epic, it stands alone..and i dont know how walmart is doing it, but they have all the sprint phones like evo and epic with instant rebates and fifty bucks cheaper..sounds like im promoting walmart, but i cant stand mailin rebates
sprints not stupid in letting wallyworld sell their phones like that..at that kinda of volume, sprint wont loose any money
Wow… Chief strategy officer for Samsung Mobile is said Omar Khan.
I still want a phone more like a communicator.
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