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Huawei's first US LTE smartphone heads to MetroPCS

09 июня 2012

Huawei's first LTE smartphone for the U.S. market will go on sale from prepaid operator MetroPCS, it emerged on Friday.

The telco revealed it will offer the Chinese vendor's Activa 4G for $149 plus tax for "a limited time", $100 cheaper than the next model up in its portfolio, the LG Connect 4G.

"The addition of Huawei as a new 4G LTE handset provider is a great step for us as we continue to expand our portfolio of affordable, feature-rich 4G LTE devices," said Tom Keys, president and COO of MetroPCS, in a statement.

Huawei's Activa 4G comes with a 3.5-inch touchscreen, Android 2.3 – also known as Gingerbread – and a 5-megapixel camera.

"MetroPCS is committed to bringing 4G LTE handsets to consumers with a range of price points and features to ensure that 4G LTE is available to everyone and offers the experience that is right for them," said Keys.

For Huawei's handset division, the agreement with MetroPCS is in line with its strategy of driving sales and awareness of its own-brand devices outside its home market.

According to recent figures from Gartner, Huawei sold 10.8 million phones during the first quarter of this year, ranking sixth in the global handset market behind LG and local rival ZTE, but ahead of RIM and one-time world number two phone maker Motorola.

"We are honoured to bring our first 4G LTE device to U.S. audiences," said Michael Chuang, executive vice president of Huawei Device USA.

"MetroPCS is committed to providing customers with advanced, flexible and affordable smartphone options through its no-annual contract services, and is the ideal partner for Huawei's entrance into a new era for smartphones and handsets," he said.


Источник: Total Telecom

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