Details of a MetroPCS conference call intended for dealers and frontline execs have surfaced with confirmation of the regional carrierâ€™s plans for the rest of the year, including Android handset plans.
First, the carrier has decided to cancel its planned launch of the Kyocera Zio, currently available on Sprint and Cricket.
Reasons cited for the cancellation concern its reluctance to delay the launch due to the carrier having purchased handsets with Android 1.6 before Kyocera made Android 2.1 available to carriers for handset purchase orders. Were it to launch this past October 20th, it would have been sold at $249.99 with Android 1.6 and no guarantee that it would have been updated, as it could not decide on a method to provide Android updates for the device as the Sprint version launched with 2.1 and Cricket with 1.6.
The carrier will instead launch the LG Optimus as the LG Optimus M in November for $229.99 with Android 2.2 and the previously covered Huawei Ascend for $179.99 along with 8 more handsets before the end of the year.