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Samsung Craft SCH-r900 is the World’s First LTE Phone

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Samsung Craft SCH-r900 is the World’s First LTE Phone

Samsung has launched the world’s first commercially available LTE phone, the Samsung Craft SCH-r900. The Craft is now available in the US on the carrier MetroPCS Communications, and also operates on CDMA networks.

LTE or Long Term Evolution, is the next step is performance for mobile network’s dubbed 4G, though the 4G as a standard has yet to be ratified.

In the UK, O2 has deployed a test network, with a theoretical maximum speed of 150Mbits/sec, while in its tests Verizon has seen actual real worlds speeds of 40-50Mbits/sec, which is not too shabby.

If you’re wondering, the first outright '4G' phone was indeed the HTC Evo, but this used the rival Wimax service, rather than LTE.

As for where the phone can be actually used at the new speed, Samsung has provided LTE infrastructure for the MetroPCS’s first LTE venture in the US, which happens to be in Last Vegas. No doubt MetroPCS is hoping that what happens in Vegas, this time doesn’t just stay in Vegas.

As for the phone itself, the Craft offers a 3.3-inch AMOLED touchscreen display, a sliding Qwerty keyboard, and a 3.2-megapixel camera, which sounds capable but average.

What this does mark is that while t4G remains unavailable in the UK, the US will before too long overtake Europe and certainly the UK for mobile communications, just as on the hardware side Apple and Google have overtaken European giants Nokia on the hardware side of things. A sobering thought.

Neil B

September 22, 2010, 2:06 pm

"No doubt MetroPCS is hoping that what happens in Vegas, this time doesn&#8217t just stay in Vegas."





I can't believe you actually said that :-)

Chris

September 22, 2010, 2:18 pm

The use of the terms 1G, 2G and 3G have all referred technologies that have not been backwards compatible with their predecessors and have used separate frequency bands. As I'm sure Gordon would argue, LTE does not fit into this nomenclature as a 4G network. Neither does WiMax, so neither does the HTV Evo '4G'. All current uses of the term '4G' are just marketing creations.





Ultimately the networks are digging hole for themselves - what do they do when true 4G hits the mainstream? They should have branded these services as '3G+', but I suppose they'd sell fewer phones that way. As soon as one network starts marketing a '4G' network, so must the others to save the appearance of being outdated. Thanks a bunch, Sprint.





http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4...

JK

September 26, 2010, 6:07 pm

@Benny - "just as on the hardware side Apple and Google have overtaken European giants Nokia on the hardware side of things"





Apple and Google may be ahead of Nokia when it comes to software, but they are definitely behind as far as hardware is concerned. When it comes to making better quality hardware and selling the largest amount of hardware, Nokia is still number 1 in the industry.

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