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.
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.