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T-Mobile and MetroPCS today announced the availability of the LG L90 and L70, devices that fall into LG’s L Series III lineup. Both phones were revealed by LG earlier this year. The L90 and L70 run Android 4.4 KitKat with LG’s user interface enhancements. The hardware puts LG’s minimalistic design esthetic to use. Shared features include support for Bluetooth, GPS, and Wi-Fi.

  • L90:The L90 is being sold by T-Mobile and supports the carrier’s LTE 4G network. It has a 4.7-inch qHD display, quad-core 1.2GHz processor with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, 2,540mAh battery, and an 8-megapixel/1.3-megapixel camera configuration. It will be available beginning April 30 for $0 down with 24 equal monthly device payments of $9.50, or the full retail price of $228.
  • L70:┬áThe L70 will be sold by MetroPCS. It steps the display down to 4.5 inches and 800 x 400 resolution, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor with 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, a 2,100mAh battery, and a 5-megapixel/VGA camera configuration. The L70 is available beginning today for $49 after a $100 instant rebate. For a limited time, MetroPCS will offer an additional $49 rebate to customers who pay for two months of service in advance. The L70 supports HSPA+, but not LTE.

Sprint’s variant of the LG G2 should begin receiving the Android 4.4 KitKat update beginning today. In addition to KitKat, the update adds cloud printing. The system update is being distributed in waves and may take several days to reach all users.

T-Mobile today revealed more details about the growth of its LTE network. According to T-Mobile, its LTE now covers 210 million people in 273 metro areas nationwide, with its HSPA+ network covering 230 million. T-Mobile said its LTE network will reach 230 million people by mid-year and 250 million by year’s end. Right now, T-Mobile is deploying LTE on its AWS spectrum assets. The company today said that it will begin upgrading the remainder of its 2G/EDGE network with LTE 4G. T-Mobile expects about half of its 2G/EDGE network will be converted to LTE by the end of the year, with the rest following by mid-2015. Last, the company said it plans to begin deploying LTE in the 700MHz A Block spectrum as soon as the transaction with Verizon Wireless is complete. Verizon agreed to sell T-Mobile a wide swath of 700MHz late last year. T-Mobile didn’t say when the transaction will close. T-Mobile claims to cover 96% of Americans with its network, be it EDGE, HSPA+, or LTE. Once these network upgrades are completed in 2015, T-Mobile will offer LTE in the 700MHz, 1700MHz, and 1900MHz bands.

T-Mobile today said that its plan to migrate MetroPCS customers away from the MetroPCS network to T-Mobile’s network is ahead of schedule. About 3.5 million customers, or 40% of its base, have already switched. As such, it plans to shutter MetroPCS’s network in three markets by the end of the year. Those markets include Boston, Philadelphia, and Las Vegas. T-Mobile said it expects minimal disruption to customers in those cities, though it will ramp up efforts to swap customers to T-Mobile gear over the next few months. T-Mobile has already repurposed 25% of MetroPCS’s spectrum.

T-Mobile today announced pricing and availability for the LG G Flex curved smartphone. The device will reach T-Mobile stores on February 5. T-Mobile is asking for a down payment of $0 and 24 monthly payments of $28.

T-Mobile announced that it will soon carry the LG F3Q, a new Android smartphone that comes with a sideways-sliding QWERTY keyboard. The device includes a 4-inch LCD screen, 5-megapixel camera, and compatibility with T-Mobile’s LTE 4G network. It offers LG’s signature user interface, including features such as QuickMemo, and QSlide. The LG F3Q will go one sale online and in stores February 5. T-Mobile is asking for $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $13. The total cost of the payments is $312.

T-Mobile today announced Mobile Money, a new program that is meant to help consumers avoid costly fees often associated with banking. The program encompasses a re-loadable T-Mobile Visa prepaid debit card that drops the cost of accessing and using money. T-Mobile customers won’t pay to activate the card, won’t pay monthly maintenance fees, won’t pay withdrawal fees at 42,000 in-network ATMs, and won’t pay to replace lost or stolen cards. Mobile Money doesn’t have a required minimum balance, doesn’t charge overdraft fees, and can be used with direct depositing and phone-based check-cashing services. The card can be used to make purchases anywhere Visa is accepted. T-Mobile’s Mobile Money card and service will be available in T-Mobile and Safeway stores beginning next month.