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MetroPCS Beats Verizon To LTE Punch

No-contract wireless provider MetroPCS has launched the first Long Term Evolution 4G network in the U.S., starting with Las Vegas. It is also offering the first LTE phone for $299.

Score one for the little guy. MetroPCS, a small pre-paid wireless provider, has beaten larger rival Verizon Wireless to market with an LTE 4G network. It is the first commercially available LTE network in the U.S. MetroPCS had previously said the network and phone would launch in September.