When US Cellular decides to make an announcement, it plays no games. Single device announcements? Puh-leez, that's for kids. Three devices at once? Now that's pro.
That's exactly what the regional carrier just did, too: name dropped three new HTC devices set to land on its network next month. The Wildfire S, Hero S, and Flyer tablet, to be exact. Want the deetz? Keep reading.
The long rumored HTC Kingdom is finally official as the Hero S, packing some nice specs under the hood:
- 4-inch qHD Super LCD display
- 1.2GHz single-core Snapdragon processor
- 768MB RAM
- Android 2.3.x with Sense
Sure, it's no powerhouse, but a 4-inch SLCD at qHD res? Read More
HTC Merge users on US Cellular, your day has come. Forget about Froyo, aka Android 2.2, and zoom straight to the latest version of Android available for non-Nexus phones - 2.3.4 "Gingerbread" (HTC version 3.10.573.1 to be exact - the image below taken from the update guide is outdated).
The update will need to be applied on a computer using HTC Sync and will wipe your device clean of emails, contacts, calendars, apps, bookmarks, and any other personalization - it'll basically be back to stock. Pictures, movies, music, and everything on your SD card should remain intact, but you'll have to set up your Merge from scratch once the update has been completed. Read More
US Cellular just sent out a presser for the upcoming Motorola Electrify, which is basically a rebranded Photon 4G minus WiMax. There's little doubt that this will be US Cellular's flagship device, as it's far-and-above their current highest-spec'd device:
- 4.3-inch qHD display
- 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB internal storage
- 8MP rear camera, VGA front camera
- Webtop capable
- Android 2.3
The Electrify will be available sometime later this month for $199 with a two-year agreement.
Congratulations, US Cellular customers, you just scored a pretty amazing piece of kit.
MOTOROLA ELECTRIFY COMING SOON TO U.S. CELLULAR
Android Smartphone Combines Unparalleled Power and Versatility
CHICAGO (September 12, 2011) – U.S.
US Cellular released an update today for the Samsung Galaxy Mesmerize that brings a number of enhancements to the device, including Android 2.3.4. For those unfamiliar with the Mesmerize, it's a Galaxy S phone packing some modest specs:
- 4-inch 480x800 Super AMOLED display
- 1GHz Hummingbird processor
- 512MB RAM
- 2GB storage
- 5MP rear shooter, VGA front cam
With the addition of Gingerbread, Mesmerize owners will be able to rock all of the latest-and-greatest that Android has to offer, including improved power management, speed and UI enhancements, more control over running processes and applications, a better keyboard, and a lot more.
This update will erase all user data from the device, so make sure to perform a backup before proceeding!
Chitika released new Android market share figures today by carrier, and the results are somewhat interesting. Verizon, who previously controlled over 50% of the market for Android smartphones, has dropped to almost 40% over the last five months. Who's to blame? AT&T and small budget carriers, apparently (US Cellular, MetroPCS, Virgin Mobile).
AT&T now makes up nearly 9% of all Android phones in the US - having more than doubled its share back in March, when it was a mere 3.5% of the pie. Smaller carriers control around 8.5%, up from around 3%. Here's the chart from March:
It seems likely that low-end Android devices are having a big effect on these numbers. Read More
It looks like US Cellular's Android family is going to grow a bit over the next couple of weeks, as two new phones will be hitting the shelves: the HTC Merge and LG Genesis.
Even as a mid-range device, the HTC Merge is one that needs little introduction, as it has seen the spotlight on more than one occasion. Nevertheless, here are the specs of this lil beauty:
- 3.8 inch 480x800 Super LCD display
- 800MHz processor
- Global Ready
- 512MB RAM
- 5MP rear camera with 720p video capture
- 2GB built-in storage
- 8GB SD Card
- Physical QWERTY
- Android 2.2
The LG Genesis is a dual-screened, full keyboard sporting flipper that just so happens to be a US Cellular Exclusive. Read More
Today, U.S. Cellular announced that it would be bringing 4G LTE services to about a quarter of its customer base in certain areas of Iowa, Maine, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin before the holiday season this year. Some of the cities that will be included in this initial rollout are Milwaukee, Madison, and Racine in Wisconsin; Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, and Davenport, Iowa; Portland and Bangor, Maine; and Greenville, North Carolina.
This is just the first of many phases for the carrier to build on its current 3G network, which should bring about a dramatic change in speed and convenience. Read More
There are deals, and then there are deals. US Cellular's latest offer definitely falls into the latter category - now through March 10th, customers can buy a Samsung Mesmerize ($99.99) and receive five free Optimus Us. Alternatively, you could buy one Optimus U for $29.99 and get five more for free - ridiculously awesome.
That's not all, however; US Cellular also announced that it's trimming the price of each and every one of its Android phones - the HTC Desire now costs $69.99, the LG Apex goes for $29.99, and the Samsung Acclaim can be had free of charge.
Sure, US Cellular's phones might not be the flashiest devices on the market anymore, but there's no denying that these are two insane deals. Read More
Let's face it: free phones are usually synonymous with crap phones. That's what the Optimus U is trying to change - and, at least on paper, it looks like it might just be able to accomplish the task. That said, this is a phone sold by LG and US Cellular, both of whom have yet to display real talent when it comes to Android - and there's a lot that could go awry, what with the lack of Flash (both on the camera and in the browser) and the 600 MHz processor. So did the two companies succeed? Has a free Android phone that doesn't suck finally been made available? Read More
US Cellular is really proving itself to be the carrier for holiday shoppers not wanting to spend a small fortune on gifts, isn't it? Just two days after announcing that all phones will be free until the 24th, the carrier's turned its price-cutting gaze to the Samsung Galaxy Tab and lowered the tablet's price to only $199 on contract, half of what it was before.
The only real catch is that you're required to sign up for US Cellular's $54.99/month plan. The plan does buy you 5 GB of data along with tethering capabilities, but I still can't imagine paying almost $60 a month on top of my regular phone bill, especially since messaging is excluded. Read More