Leak: LG MS910 Bryce to be the second 4G LTE smartphone to launch on MetroPCS

LG Bryce

Who was the first North American operator to launch a 4G LTE network? If you said Verizon, you’d be wrong. That honor goes to MetroPCS, one of the smaller regional operators with a little under 9 million subscribers. Their first device 4G LTE device was a Samsung feature phone that we won’t even bother mentioning. Things only got interesting when they launched the Samsung Indulge in February of this year; a 3.5 inch Android smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard. According to information obtained by Howard Forums member “wagonis”, MetroPCS is going to add a second 4G LTE Android smartphone to their portfolio this year, and it’s called the LG MS910 Bryce. If it looks a bit familiar to you, then you’re right, you’ve seen it on IntoMobile before as the LG Revolution for Verizon Wireless. The key differences between the Bryce and the Revolution however include lower internal storage, 4 GB vs. 16 GB, and a newer version of Android, 2.3.4 vs. 2.2, everything else, such as the 4.3 inch 800 x 480 pixel resolution screen, 5 megapixel camera, and 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, stay the same. When exactly will it come out and how much will it cost? We’ve got no idea, but expect the price to be a tad bit on the higher end of the spectrum as MetroPCS doesn’t do subsidies.

Now the question is should you buy it once it’s released or wait for something else. For one thing, MetroPCS has true unlimited data, something Verizon just stopped offering earlier this month. That’s incentive enough to go with the Bryce. On the other hand Google is set to launch a new version of their Android operating system called Ice Cream Sandwich later this year, so if you’re the kind of person who like to keep up to date, buying the Bryce and then having it declared a generation old in just a few weeks may be a little bit heart breaking.

We leave it up to you.

  • Scottfriedrich98

    I love that smaller prepaid carriers are starting to offer higher end devices and even the larger carriers offering high end devices on their prepaid networks. Its about time.

  • Scottfriedrich98

    I love that smaller prepaid carriers are starting to offer higher end devices and even the larger carriers offering high end devices on their prepaid networks. Its about time.

    • http://www.intomobile.com/ Stefan Constantinescu

      Fully agree, but I also think the Simple Mobile guys, who don’t even offer phones, just SIM cards, are doing the right thing as well.

  • Joshua Coy

    I wonder when MetroPCS is going to receive a WP7 device, I mean US Cellular did, T-Mobile, did, why not Metro? Its been nothing but Android devices being released for the past year or so and it drives me pretty crazy sometimes. I don’t hate Android phones, but they don’t appeal to me as much as Windows Phone does. I would still like to see MetroPCS offer more of a varierty of OS smartphones to choose from besides all Android phones. I mean it seems pretty unfair to all of the other OS out there if you ask me. Blackberry only has 1 phone available on their network, Microsoft only has 1 windows mobile device on there network, while Google has almost 5+ android devices on their network. Don’t get me wrong I know that WP7 is fairly new and all and that not many wireless providers have them but that doesn’t mean that they can’t just offer at least 1 device. Verizon is a CDMA carrier like MetroPCS is and they already have a Windows Phone, so doesn’t that mean Metro can receive one as well? That would extremely dissappoint me if MetroPCS is choosing not to offer any WP7 devices because it “isn’t popular enough” and that they’re sticking to nothing but Android, because they wouldn’t be offering any other alternative devices for people who still want a smartphone but aren’t huge fans of Android like me. It’ll all be nothing but “Android this, Android that!”. I believe it would hurt their reputation significantly in the eyes of others. Hopefully when Nokia starts rolling out their devices at the end of this year and next year Metro will be fortunate enough to receive a WP7 device from them. That’s all I ask for, is just 1 WP7 device, how can it be that hard for them to act upon such a small request?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CSU5OBUJESQBU6MUCCFOLOAUA4 CharlesM

    Thanks for giving MetroPCS history the credit it deserves — first LTE network, first LTE phone, then fist LTE Android in the entire world, and now this new device will have VoLTE.  Until now, LTE is data only.  Verizon (and all other CDMA networks) still use CDMA for voice.  With this phone it will be the first implementation of Voice Over LTE (like VoIP).  It’s the future.

    Also thanks for giving Wagonis and Howard Forums credit for breaking this news.

    • http://www.intomobile.com/ Stefan Constantinescu

      Where did you get this information that said this thing would be using VoLTE? I haven’t heard that.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CSU5OBUJESQBU6MUCCFOLOAUA4 CharlesM

        It’s VoLTE ready, just like Verizon’s LG Revolution.  At least that’s what was touted by Metro when they were releasing it. Now, they won’t talk about it, which leads me to believe they plan to EOL (dump it) before VoLTE is launched.  

  • GT

    MetroPCS was the first LTE carrier, but its bandwidth (1.4) is very small compared to any of the major carriers (10 – Sprint 20)) making it very slow.  Most 3G networks aren’t that much slower than MetroPCS’s 4G LTE network.

    • Flaifamin

      you wrong bro metro pcs is gonna be the best

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