$100 Samsung smartphone with LTE possibly headed to India

$100 Samsung smartphone with LTE possibly headed to India
Gone are the days when LTE smartphones cost an arm and a leg. Today, even some reasonably priced mid-range handsets offer high-speed cellular data – handsets like the HTC One SV, Samsung Galaxy Express, or Pantech Discover. But have we reached a point in time and space where LTE handsets can go for as low as $100 without carrier subsidy? Yes, apparently, and Samsung might be the company to thank for that.

Indian conglomerate company Reliance Industries (RIL) will be launching its 4G LTE service across the country later this year, and according to insider sources, Samsung will be its primary partner, responsible for providing the handsets that will run on the next-gen network. It is also said that Samsung will launch at least one LTE smartphone priced at about 5,500 Indian rupees, which equals to a little over $100. As a side note, that's about as much a 3G phone by Samsung can be bought in India today. This low-cost smartphone will be available with equally affordable calls and data bundles starting from as little as 100 rupees ($1.83) monthly.

Of course, the smartphone in question will be an entry-level device, which does not come as a surprise given its low cost. It is also pretty safe to say that it will be an Android device, presumably with specs close to those of a Samsung Galaxy Y or Samsung Galaxy Pocket. That in turn begs the question whether such a low-end smartphone will take full advantage of 4G LTE as its modest hardware and software capabilities might be insufficient to bring a better web browsing experience despite their advantage of faster data connectivity. But on the other hand, 4G LTE would be a great selling point considering the phone's price point, and customers are likely to take notice.

RIL is planning on launching its LTE network later this year, most likely on December 28, but the first towers should go live in some parts of India by mid-2013. That's also when we'll probably learn more about this rumored low-cost LTE smartphone by Samsung.

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72 Comments

1. RohanM

Posts: 141; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

samsung just throws it's plastic to all sides.... all price renage... Plastic king sammy...

32. Peter27

Posts: 233; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

http://m.phonearena.com/news/And-thats-how-an-iPhone-5-looks-like-after-2-months-of-use_id37107 you all going on my nerves with your "plastic" comments. check the link for your premium materials

36. SuperNexus

Posts: 127; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

what do you expect from $100 phone?.......Titanium with gold plated body.....

38. RohanM

Posts: 141; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

mr nexus even 400 $ Samsung phone comes wid plastic only.

50. SuperNexus

Posts: 127; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

but here this article is telling about $100 phone not $400 phone..........so wait for that opportunity to tell your plastic story..

57. 007akshay

Posts: 37; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

oh come on den y do u care about dis den...?????

63. SamsungFan

Posts: 201; Member since: Apr 16, 2012

Do your homework before posting boy. For 400 $ samsung has many devices with metal back panel like wave 3, omnia w....

49. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

You know, there's no point in actually manufacturing a phone with 3.5 inch screen with a resolution of 320X 480... Even if it is LTE compatible, the internet surfing experience is going to swell. And i think for a $100 phone, the resolution and size won't be bigger or larger than what i mentioned. One maybe be happy that he has an LTE enabled phone, but with a display that might look like an 8-bit video game, it won't be much of an experience.

55. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1260; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

How about using WiFi/BT/USB tethering and surfing at LTE speeds on PC or laptop??? (Since its an Android device)...

70. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Yes. I know about that...and when you're on the go?? Besides...connect it to a PC and you'll have more data to worry about along with more expense.

2. RohanM

Posts: 141; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

Temple run OZ released..... haha i posted before u PA.

3. RohanM

Posts: 141; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

With having so many issues to sgs3 i am starting to hate my own sgs3.. so became a sammy hater.. issues like, sudden death, heating, poor multitasking...and so on.. sammy u disappointed me... typing from my sgs3........ next time will go for sony or htc (nokia only if they come up with droid) :)

9. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

Please, go away!

12. Adithya7184 unregistered

don't worry mate....he is just a trollllll

29. clark

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 23, 2013

Really Samsung is plastic? Why don't you look at your face first and your freakin attitude?? That's the real PLASTIC lame hater.

58. 007akshay

Posts: 37; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

oh i think den u shd have bought china made s3......lol.....some1 has made fool of u..???????/

62. SamsungFan

Posts: 201; Member since: Apr 16, 2012

Yep . That may be the reason for the sudden death of his s3

4. Mr.Singh

Posts: 12; Member since: Aug 02, 2012

LTE network only available in one city of India. Even 3G is not available in most parts of India. So why Samsung pushing LTE phones in different ranges in India??

16. SamsungFan

Posts: 201; Member since: Apr 16, 2012

I don't know about your state but more than 60% locations are covered by idea 3g in kerala last year. I think it might have increased.

24. kalandershihab

Posts: 57; Member since: Mar 09, 2012

Please don't talk if you don't know what you're talking about. 1) airtel 4G LTE is currently only available in Kolkata, Bengaluru and Pune, and will be coming soon to many more cities. source:http://www.airtel.in/4g-lte/coverage.html#4​G 2) seriously? i live in a town and i get airtel HSPA+ which gives downloads speeds of 5mbps and upload speeds of 2mbps. if you don't have 3g, you're living at a jungle. EDIT: my town:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vamanjoor

35. GALAXY-STORM

Posts: 328; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

3G is available in most of the cities, but its within the city itself. No luck in the outskirts.

59. 007akshay

Posts: 37; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

oh wher ru from mr singh bcoz the india i know has 3g on all cities n 4g on al important cities ........ so dont post something rubbish n al..............

6. Adithya7184 unregistered

that's amazing. entry level phone with LTE will be a key selling point for Samsung. but, at that time( December 2013) i want GNote 3 with LTE in India...come on Samsung...

8. No_Nonsense unregistered

Ok, so tell me about the 3G coverage and the data plans and their speed and caps. What will you do with a $800 phone while continuing to pay $100 per month for a Gig or 2 of 4G? The fact is 3G at $5/GB and it speeds of 1-2Mbps is expensive considering we pay full price for the phone + a different texting and calling plan. It'd be different if the American model of around $200 upfront followed by $50/12 or 18 months along with a decent cap of say 10-15GB and at speeds of around 10Mbps were given.

10. rishabh_2795

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

dude the speed is nowhere aroung 1-2 mbps! i live in mumbai and have galaxy grand with HSDPA+. i get speed of 9.2mbps download and 2.4mbps upload rate on my vodafone network!! but ya i admit the rates are seriously high enough! not all people can afford 3G here.

17. SamsungFan

Posts: 201; Member since: Apr 16, 2012

We can download unlimited 3g data in india at 8rs/30 minutes 1$=54 rs I usually download between 600mb and 1gb of data with that.

7. No_Nonsense unregistered

LTE availability may ass. While the fact that the LTE phone is coming cheap is commendable and Sammy deserves a pat on its back for one, I find it pretty ironic that a phone with 4G connectivity is coming even before 4G has made entry into India. The fact is the 3G coverage here sucks, the data plans are expensive for the limits and speeds that we get and people here are talking about 4G. Don't be surprised if the plan costs $50-$100 a month and the phone in itself costs $100.

11. Adithya7184 unregistered

first read the article clearly. they haven't mentioned its available, they said its available at the time of 4G launch....and for the 3G connectivity i don't know in which city you are living, for me 3G works flawlessly on my GS2. my average download speeds are around 3-4 Mbps on DoCoMo. at $5 i get GB unlimited data(which means reduced data speeds after 1GB limit) and 600 local minutes for 30 day period which is awesome plan for me.

14. Adithya7184 unregistered

and i live in Bangalore...for your kind info....

18. No_Nonsense unregistered

The fact is the speeds are not as good as advertised, and at least in Mumbai the $5 unlimited plan isn't available.

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