MetroPCS Communications has teamed up with Samsung to become the first mobile operator to launch commercial 4G LTE services in the US, offering talk, text and 4G Web access. MetroPCS is offering the world’s first commercially available 4G LTE enabled handset, Samsung Craft. Samsung Craft offers incredible clarity and rich colour for viewing crystal-clear multimedia and video images with its 3.3 inch AMOLED (Active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) screen; a 2GB microSD card preloaded with Paramount Pictures’ hit movie ‘Star Trek’; a combination touch screen, slide-out QWERTY keyboard and Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface to surf and text message with whichever input format users prefer; a 3.2 megapixel camera with flash and camcorder to capture images that can be shared while on the go on MetroPCS’ 4G network; and Wi-Fi capability. Consumers will be able to experience 4G LTE services by selecting one of two service plans – $55 or $60. In addition to offering talk, text and a faster 4G Web experience initially on an unlimited basis, MetroPCS is introducing many new applications and features that take advantage of its 4G LTE network, including: MetroSTUDIO, powered by RealNetworks, is available on the $60 service plan. MetroPCS is initially offering the the world’s first commercially available 4G LTE/CDMA handset Samsung Craft in Las Vegas metropolitan area stores and online for $299, after $50 instant rebate, plus tax, while supplies last. “Our 4G service, the Samsung Craft and applications like MetroSTUDIO deliver exactly what our customers demand: more of the entertainment they love, a desktop-like Web experience and the ability to do more and share more of their content such as text, photos and videos with friends and family,” said Tom Keys, chief operating officer of MetroPCS.