T-Mobile, MetroPCS get budget-friendly LG Optimus L90, L70

The Un-carrier and its no-contract brand will carry an entry-level LG Optimus handset each, aimed at wallet-conscious customers.

T-Mobile to soon offer the LG Optimus L90 Sarah Tew/CNET

T-Mobile and MetroPCS on Tuesday announced the availability of the LG Optimus L70 and Optimus L90. First announced at Mobile World Congress in February, the duo are powered by Android 4.4 KitKat and feature LG's custom user interface modifications.

T-Mobile will offer the higher end of the two, the 4G LTE-ready Optimus L90. Details include a 4.7-inch qHD display, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a 2,540mAh battery. Running things under the hood are a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, and 1GB RAM. The phone also has 8GB of internal storage.

The Optimus L90 will be available beginning April 30 with a full retail cost of $228. Qualified customers have the option cost of buying the handset at $0 down with 24 equal monthly device payments of $9.50.

The Optimus L70 is immediately available from MetroPCS for $49 after a $100 instant rebate. Specifications here include 4.5-inch display, a 5-megapixel rear camera, and a 2,100mAh battery. More modestly-powered on a number of fronts, the L70 employs a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 1GB RAM, and has 4GB internal storage.

As an incentive to lure new customers, MetroPCS will toss in an extra $49 mail-in rebate for anyone who ports their number and pre-pays for a second month of service.

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