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Are you the kind of hulking man-monster than accidentally crushes tiny conventional smartphones in your Bunyan-like grasp? Alternately, do you always carry a purse (you too, ladies) and prefer a phone with as big a screen as possible? And are you a current or prospective US Cellular customer? Well then, prepare to have your day made. The leviathan Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 goes on sale for US Cellular tomorrow for $149.99 on-contract after an instant rebate.

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The carrier will be selling the Nova Black version of the phone online starting tomorrow, September 17th. Retail stores will get the phone at the same price on Thursday, September 19th. The Mega 6.3 is a strange beast, a middle-of-the-road phone with a screen size (and only size) that you'd expect from something much more expensive. It's a bit low-res at 1280x720, and Samsung has swapped out its usual Super AMOLED panel for LCD. But if you want a lot of screen for not a lot of cash, it's pretty much your only option, and the rest of the specs (1.7GHz dual-core, 1.5GB RAM, Android 4.2.2, 8MP camera) aren't bad at all. Read David Ruddock's review of the AT&T version if you want the full story.

US Cellular is the second American carrier to stock the phone, after AT&T and before Sprint. With the Galaxy Note series and other super-sized smartphones going strong on US carriers, you can expect more cheap big-screen phones to start coming out of the woodwork this winter.

CHICAGO (Sept. 16, 2013) – U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM) has announced availability of the Samsung Galaxy Mega™ beginning online on Sept. 17and in stores Sept. 19. The 6.3-inch device provides customers with the best of a tablet and a smartphone in one handset, and will be $149.99 with an instant rebate.

As more U.S. Cellular customers experience 4G LTE speeds in their communities in 2013, the carrier continues to expand its 4G LTE device line-up. The Galaxy Mega is an ideal addition for consumers who want to experience smartphone portability with the immersive experience of a tablet. Customers who purchase the Galaxy Mega from U.S. Cellular also receive a valuable rewards program that recognizes customer loyalty.

“The needs of wireless users are always evolving and more people are looking for that all-in-one device to help them be more productive and to make their lives easier,” said Joe Settimi, vice president of products, pricing and innovation for U.S. Cellular. “At U.S. Cellular, we want to provide a better wireless experience, and the Galaxy Mega gives customers another option when choosing the best device to fit their needs.”

The Galaxy Mega from U.S. Cellular is available in Nova Black and is powered by a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor and 1.5 GB of internal RAM. Its HD Super Clear LCD display brilliantly showcases photos, movies, games and presentations. It runs Android™ 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) and has many of the features of the Samsung Galaxy S® 4, including Air View™, Multi-Window, WatchOn™ and Easy Mode.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • sweenish

    I enjoy seeing how this phone is treated vs. the Moto X.

    • ckh14

      I completely agree.... isn't it funny how they call this this mid range with a dual core s400 which is based on the cortex a15 cpu at 1.7ghz whereas the much less powerful moto x is based off 2011 2012 s4 cortex a9 chip? Not to mention the mega has a gorgeous 6.3inch super clear lcd and 3200 maph battery.... I bought the i9205 in June the day it was released and received it 2 days later.... haven't touched my note 2 since.... flat out the mega 6.3 is by far the greatest device I've ever owned or used to the point I actually own 3 i9205s.... I also own note 1, note 2, note 8 and note 10.1.... planning on getting note 3 and new 10.1 but the mega will remain my main phone as it's just the perfect mix of phone and tablet.... incredibly fast and smooth... but yet ask these dipshit reviewers or anyone whose never actually used one and its..... just a mid range mediocre device.... shame you don't have to have any knowledge whatsoever about hardware, only obvious biases to be a reviewer it would seem.

      • sweenish

        You missed my point. And would have been better served with the Xperia ZL anyway.

      • Robbissimo

        I absolutely love my Mega and the number one reason is battery life. With regular use I've had my phone last 36 hours before needing a charge!!! Absolutely phenomenal in comparison to my other phones. I have no problems sliding it into my front pocket and the picture is damn good. Camera and video are excellent. And I love the comments I get about it.

  • solbin

    Strange phone.. Should have come out months ago. With the Note 3 looming, I don't see many (educated) consumers jumping on this.

    • Anthony Evans

      149.00 on most carriers those wanting a cheap big screen phone will jump all over it

      • Juan De La Rosa

        $200 up front for the note 3 with t-mobile

  • Joshua Austin

    I hope this device makes its way to T-Mobile this Winter. They need more "cheap, big screen phones".

  • mary obrien

    I love to have a SAMSUNG galaxy........