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10:29 AM, Aug 3, 2012   |    comments
Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G (www.phonearena.com)
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NEW YORK (AP) - In time for the Olympics, MetroPCS is selling the first phone that can receive local TV signals, potentially lending TV stations some relevance in the age of the smartphone.

MetroPCS Communications Inc., the country's fifth-largest cellphone company, started selling the Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G for $459 on Friday. It has a built-in, extendable antenna that can receive special TV signals, broadcast from regular TV towers for reception by cellphones and other small gadgets.

The phone costs about $200 more than the equivalent phone without TV reception, but there's no recurring TV fee.

MetroPCS is the only major U.S. cellphone company to support Mobile DTV. Verizon and AT&T used to sell phones that received subscription-based national channels, but that network was shut down last year for lack of consumer interest.

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