Regional carrier MetroPCS announced its first no-contract Android smartphone, the LG Optimus M.
It seems like this year, the summer season belonged to the Samsung Galaxy S series, but the remaining season surely goes to the LG and its Optimus line.
In addition, this smartphone serves well as yet another example of the arising number of Android smartphone launches among Tier 2 carriers.
The Optimus M will be launched by the flat-rate carrier on Nov. 24 for $229 and it offers a $50 monthly service plan that will bundle unlimited talk, text, and web (data services).
MetroPCS is offering the Optimus M to its users without having to sign any two-year contract. Due of this, the phone does require a higher retail price as it is not subsidized, while versions of the Optimus phone have earlier appeared on other carriers, such as T-Mobile and Sprint.
It is MetroPCS first smartphone running Google’s most current Android 2.2 platform and it is completely a budget-oriented phone.
The Optimus M features are a 3.2-inch touchscreen, 3.2-megapixel camera, 600 MHz processor, Wi-Fi, Swype, e-mail messaging, a music player, a personal organizer and access to Android Market for apps.