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.
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.