LG Spirit 4G arrives on MetroPCS, delivers 45inch display and ICS to the budgetminded crowd

We are definitely no strangers to seeing MetroPCS bring well-priced, decently-specced Android handsets to market, and we have a feeling that's something potential and current subscribers certainly appreciate. Because, well, who doesn't like choice? With today's LG Spirit 4G launch, MetroPCS continues to expand its LTE-at-a-bargain ideals, announcing a smartphone that carries some pretty decent specs for being contract-free and costing a mere 269 bucks. Naturally, the 4.5-inch, 960 x 540 display is among the Spirit's main highlights, but there's also an unspecified 1.2GHz, dual-core CPU, a 5-megapixel rear shooter capable of 1080p video, and Ice Cream Sandwich, to boot. The carrier's quick to point out that its newly introduced slab is a follow-up to that LG Motion 4G we saw last year, and that it's compatible with those LTE plans which were unveiled earlier this month. It's worth noting that while the LG Spirit 4G's official MSRP is $269, MetroPCS will have it up for grabs, starting today, at the cheaper price of $199 -- that, of course, after a beloved mail-in rebate and for "a limited time" only. You'll find a couple more press shots after the break, and be sure to hit the source link if you're interested in grabbing one of these for yourself.

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MetroPCS Goes Big Display, Big Value with New LG SpiritTM 4G Smartphone

Consumers can pair 4.5-inch touchscreen LG smartphone at $199 with 4G LTE plans starting at $40

DALLAS (January 31, 2013) – MetroPCS Communications, Inc. (NYSE: PCS) is going big in 2013 with the launch of the SpiritTM 4G, a 4.5-inch touchscreen AndroidTM smartphone from LG Electronics. The Spirit 4G packs top-of-the-line features in its sleek and stylish frame with a crystal-clear screen and 4G LTE connectivity for $199 plus tax after mail-in rebate – all with no annual contract.

The LG Spirit 4G builds on MetroPCS' success with other LG 4G LTE models – the Esteem, Connect 4G and Motion 4G – by taking features and ease of use to the next level:

  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • 4.5-inch touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass® beautifully displays pictures, video and other content
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor and powerful 2150mAh battery provides easy multitasking throughout the day
  • 5MP rear camera with helpful features like LED flash, Cheese Shutter, & Time Catch Shot to capture the right pictures at the right moments
  • 1080p True-to-Life HD video recording for life's moving moments
  • 1.3MP front camera for video chat
  • QuickMemoTM for convenient on-screen notation to express and share ideas
  • joynTM by MetroPCS capability delivers a unified and intuitive way to share content with enriched services like integrated instant messaging or chat, WiFi and video calling. The official joyn app can be downloaded via Google Play and the @metro App StoreTM.
  • MetroPCS' 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot service support (for an additional monthly charge)

The value doesn't stop with all the features found in the Spirit 4G thanks to MetroPCS' recently simplified 4G LTE rate plans, which begin at $40 and offer unlimited 4G LTE talk, text and data for only $60 – taxes and regulatory fees included. The company also unveiled the best deal in town for unlimited on-demand mobile music service with access to Rhapsody for only $5 per month, available on all current Android and 4G LTE rate plans.

MetroPCS and LG are also kicking off the All-Star Spirit campaign, which benefits After-School All-Stars (ASAS), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing academic support, enrichment opportunities and health & fitness activities that equip participants with skills, experiences and relationships needed to succeed in middle school, high school, college and the 21st century workforce. MetroPCS and LG are supporting ASAS' efforts to provide high-school readiness and after-school programming to middle schoolers to put them on the path toward graduation. Every LG Spirit 4G purchased online and in ASAS markets* will contribute to the donation that will have a direct impact on children involved in ASAS programming. More information about the campaign, which begins next week, can be found at www.metropcs.com/ASAS.

The LG Spirit 4G is available starting today in stores and online at www.metropcs.com for $199 plus tax after $70 mail-in rebate for a limited time.

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LG Spirit 4G arrives on MetroPCS, delivers 4.5-inch display and ICS to the budget-minded crowd