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MetroPCS introduces the Huawei Premia 4G, priced off-contract for $149.99

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MetroPCS introduces the Huawei Premia 4G, priced off-contract for $149.99
Unveiling a new handset for perhaps the last time as an independent company, MetroPCS is introducing the Huawei Premia 4G. There was a time when the specs on this phone would have warranted a $199.99 on-contract price. Now, you can pick up the phone for just $149.99 without being tied up for two years. The Huawei Premia 4G offers a 4 inch WVGA screen protected by Gorilla Glass. Perhaps the most impressive part of the phone is the dual-core 1.5GHz processor under the hood. 1GB of RAM is on board and there is a microSD slot available to add more storage to the device. The rear and front-facing cameras weigh in at 5MP and 1.3MP respectively, and Android 4.0 is installed out of the box.

The Huawei Premia 4G
The Huawei Premia 4G

The Huawei Premia 4G

The Huawei Premia 4G supports MetroPCS' 4G LTE service. And if you're a big music fan, you can add Rhapsody Unlimited for $5 per month. The service allows you to download tunes from Rhapsody's large library and listen to your selections even when off-line.

This is the second Huawei branded LTE enabled smartphone to join the MetroPCS lineup. The Huawei Activa 4G was introduced last summer and is no longer being offered by the pre-paid carrier. Soon to be merged with T-Mobile,  MetroPCS has 11 phones that support 4G LTE on its roster, including the current Android flagship model, the Samsung Galaxy S III.

source: MetroPCS

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posted on 21 Mar 2013, 12:55 1

1. BREvenson (Posts: 240; Member since: 17 May 2012)

For $149, that is impressive. Good processor and RAM, decent screen size, though the camera and OS leave much to be desired. Can't win them all, especially if you want a sub-$200 phone.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 18:13

2. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)

That is a good price for a no-contract 4G phone.

Virgin Mobile tried to sell the Samsung Victory 4G LTE at $299 and received bad reviews. VM then dropped the price to $249, and the reviews improved. I still think the $249 is still too high.

When you have a Huawei 4G phone going for $149, does it make sense to spend an extra $100 for the Victory?

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 19:46 1

3. Birds (Posts: 1171; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

I don't want to sound bad but it all depends on of Huawei cut any corners when building the device. I like Huawei and in my opinion, they have a better wrap sheet then ZTE for build quality but I don't give my trust out to them for their build quality just yet, not till I hear some reviews of their phones months after they've been released.... But I wish T-Mo had picked up the Huawei Ascend P1 for prepaid markets.....that'd be nice...I know that phone had amazing build quality.

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