The country's fifth largest carrier is hoping to start off 2016 by picking up a few more customers. Starting today, US Cellular will let you get 6GB of data for $40 per month, as long as you sign a two-year contract. This offer is available online and in stores. Though, with the competition moving away from two-year contracts, think carefully about whether this will save you money long-term.
To layer on the enticements, folks who open a new line of service get a $150 promotional card. US Cellular will also send a $150 promotional card in the mail to people who port a number and trade in their device. Read More
Smartphone theft is a growing problem. With more and more people carrying around a $500 gadget in their pockets, muggers and pickpockets are targeting smartphone owners for a quick and easy buck on the aftermarket. Municipalities all over the country have noted the rise in cell phone theft, and so have the manufacturers. But as CBS News reports, when Samsung built in a user-accessible kill switch to deter thieves, the CTIA and the five largest carriers in the country wanted nothing to do with it.
Samsung submitted phones with software kill switches to the carriers earlier this year, probably starting with the Galaxy S4, to compete with a similar integrated solution on the iPhone. Read More
The Galaxy S4 is a neat phone, but man is it ever big. If a 5-inch device simply won't fit in your life, consider the Galaxy S4 Mini. This svelte device is headed to the US next month and it will be sold by AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and U.S. Cellular. The carriers should announce availability shortly, but no pricing is available yet.
The GS4 Mini retains the visual style of the Galaxy S4, but the specs have been reduced a bit. It comes with a 4.3-inch qHD (960x540) screen, 1.5GB of RAM, a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, a 1900mAh battery, 16GB of storage, and Android 4.2.2. Read More
US Cellular, come on down: you're the next contestant on The Price Is Free. We've seen the first over-the-air update roll in for Moto X models on T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T, and now Motorola has posted details on a nearly identical upcoming update for US Cellular. That will probably makes Verizon the last major carrier to apply the Moto X update. Try not to act too shocked.
As you can see, the 139.12.57 follows the updates for other carriers point-for-point. It's still Android 4.2 - this is a maintenance update. The biggest change is to the camera, which gets improved low light performance and faster focus, plus faster switching between the cameras and the gallery. Read More
As promised, Motorola is making at least some of the bootloaders on its new flagship Moto X unlockable, opening the door for relatively easy root privileges, custom recoveries, and aftermarket ROMs. The Sprint, US Cellular, and forthcoming Latin American models of the Moto X can now be unlocked using Motorola's My Moto Care portal. Customers will need to create an account and have their device ID ready.
Naturally, unlocking your device's bootloader will void your warranty, even if you never do anything else with it. There are also some very, very strict terms that Motorola will make you agree to, which can't be negotiated or denied if you want to unlock your bootloader. Read More
At a time when T-Mobile is trying to redefine the less-than-stellar reputation of wireless carriers, it looks like regional player US Cellular has taken a big step backwards. The company is no longer allowing customers to access the upgrade reward in the Belief Project, which allowed those who had completed an eighteen month contract to buy a new phone at the subsidized price without signing another contract. After July 27th, US Cellular customers will have the same old contractual ball and chain if they buy a new device at the advertised price.
The news comes from Engadget, which confirmed the change with US Cellular after being tipped by an anonymous source. Read More
A nice treat for Galaxy S III owners on US Cellular is dropping today. An update to version R530UVXAMD4 is going out via OTA soon, but you don't have to wait. US Cellular says you can pull the update manually from the Software Update menu. The full update can also (at some point) be downloaded from Samsung and flashed to the device over USB. US Cellular's link currently points toward to the last update.
This update is based on Android 4.1.2, so there's no surprise 4.2 update. Sorry, it's the same underlying version from the March update. There's still some neat stuff in the package, though. Read More
Word of the LG Optimus F7 hitting US Cellular's shelves hit the scene a few days ago thanks to a leaked company document. Anyone who was interested in grabbing 4.7-inch device didn't have to wait long – it just landed on the carrier's website for $99 with a two-year agreement.
The handset features a 4.7-inch 720p display, with an unnamed 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 8GB of storage space, and 8MP rear shooter, LTE, and Android 4.1 running the show.
If you're looking for a seemingly solid mid-ranger on US Cellular, the Optimus F7 is now available for your consideration at the source link below. Read More
The day AT&T and US Cellular customers have been waiting on for some weeks is here: it's time to pre-order Samsung's Next Big Thing. For a shiny new two-hundred dollar bill, you can secure the 16GB Galaxy S4 in either white frost or black mist on either carrier. And if you're on US Cellular, you get an added bonus: the company is throwing in a free S View flip cover to seal the deal.
There is, however, one thing missing on the AT&T side of things: the 32GB version. The company confirmed that the 32GB variant would land at $250, but it seems to be MIA here on pre-order day. Read More
Samsung has slowly been updating the majority of its ICS-running Galaxy devices to Jelly Bean (4.1.2) over the last several weeks, and U.S Cellular's Galaxy Axiom is the next in line. Announced just this morning, the update should be available directly from U.S. Cellular via OTA, as well as through Samsung's Kies Software.
This bump in Android version should be a nice one for Axiom owners, as it brings the much discussed Google Now, along with expandable notifications, and several noticeable performance enhancements over Ice Cream Sandwich. If you're the tinkerin' type, Samsung has also released the kernel source code for your tweaking needs. Read More