The cheap wireless plans seemed too good to be true. MetroPCS' offer of a 4G connection based on a technology called LTE, the same technology that AT&T and Verizon are both planning on using as they upgrade their networks over the next few years, for only $40 or $50 a month? How could that be possible? Slate's Farhad Manjoo picked up MetroPCS' Samsung Craft to find out. It was too good to be true, he discovered, naming the phone the worst he's ever used.
I've been using the Samsung Craft, MetroPCS' first and only 4G phone, for a couple weeks now. It's a nightmare. I'd call it the worst cell phone I've ever used, but to do so would woefully undersell the sadists who've unleashed this little gadget of horrors upon an unsuspecting public. Everything about this phone seems designed not just to frustrate users but to get us to swear off ever using any phone again. Yes, the Craft is so terrible that I've started to spin conspiracy theories around its release. Specifically, I wonder whether MetroPCS is trying to get us all bummed out about the possibilities of 4G so that it can forgo any major improvements in its network. After all, if this is what 4G is like, maybe we should all stop whining and stick with what we've got now.
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