Flat-rate carrier MetroPCS (NYSE:PCS) launched its newest cheap LTE smartphone, the Coolpad Quattro 4G, for $149. The device, which MetroPCS had said would be part of its fall LTE smartphone lineup, is the latest attempt by the operator to lure customers to its more efficient LTE network with inexpensive smartphones.
The gadget is Chinese vendor Yulong's first smartphone for the U.S. market. MetroPCS also sells smartphones from Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE. The Quattro 4G sports a 4-inch screen, 1 GHz processor, 3.2-megapixel rear camera and VGA front-facing camera, and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
MetroPCS currently offers a promotion allowing customers who purchase one LTE device for full price to receive a $50 mail-in rebate on the purchase of a second LTE smartphone. MetroPCS offers two other low-cost smartphones, the Huawei Activa 4G and LG Motion 4G, which both go for $149.
Additionally, for a limited time, MetroPCS is offering an unlimited LTE data plan for just $55 per month. The promotional plan, which bundles unlimited voice, text and data for $55 per month, is much cheaper than similar plans offered by other LTE carriers. For example, Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) charges $30 per month for 2 GB, $50 for 5 GB and $80 for 10 GB of LTE data. MetroPCS previously offered its unlimited LTE service for $70 per month.
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