U.S. Cellular offering $150 statement credit to those opening new smartphone lines

By on November 23, 2010 at 12:01 AM.

U.S. Cellular offering $150 statement credit to those opening new smartphone lines

Today, regional carrier U.S. Cellular announced a promotion aimed at courting new smartphone customers from both within and outside its existing customer base. The offer will give users opening a new smartphone lines a $150 credit off of future bills and is valid from today through November 29th. “We want to remove barriers for consumers who’ve heard about everything we have to offer and are ready to experience something better,” said Edward Perez, the company’s vice president of marketing and sales operations. “We believe the $150 activation credit combined with the great deals on our Android-powered smartphones and the unmatched benefits of The Belief Project will make it hard to resist giving U.S. Cellular a try.”

If you’re looking to jump to U.S. Cellular, or add a friend/family member to your current plan, now looks to be a pretty good time to do it. The press release is waiting for you after the break. Any takers? More →

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U.S. Cellular launching LG Apex November 19th, $80

By on November 18, 2010 at 12:14 AM.

U.S. Cellular launching LG Apex November 19th, $80

Today, regional wireless provider U.S. Cellular announced the availability of a new, mid-range, Android smartphone, the LG Apex. The Apex, which will hit sales channels on the 19th of November, sports a 3.2-inch touchscreen display, full-QWERTY slide-out keyboard, 3 megapixel camera, and Android 2.1. The device will retail for $79.99 with a signed two-year contract and $80 mail-in rebate. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →

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U.S. Cellular touts new smartphone plan as ‘best value in wireless’

By on November 3, 2010 at 3:33 AM.

U.S. Cellular touts new smartphone plan as ‘best value in wireless’

Yesterday, regional wireless provider U.S. Cellular announced a new smartphone plan that they are touting as “the best value in wireless.” The new “Primary Plus Plan” offers smartphone customers 5GB of data, unlimited text, picture, and video messaging, free GPS navigation, and 450 voice minutes with free incoming minutes for a modest $69.99 per month. The plan is aimed at customers considering their first smartphone and those who currently have an intelligentphone but are frustrated by their monthly bill. The offering is part of U.S. Cellular’s Belief Project which launched on October 1st. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →

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U.S. Cellular jumps on Galaxy Tab bandwagon

By on October 28, 2010 at 9:27 AM.

U.S. Cellular jumps on Galaxy Tab bandwagon

It looks like regional carrier U.S. Cellular will throw its proverbial hat in the Samsung-ring and offer its customers the Galaxy Tab Android device. Most of us, by now, are familiar with the device’s spec sheet — Android 2.2, Flash 10.1, and 7-inch display — what we’re really interested in is the price and launch date of the device; all things the press release lacks. Hit the jump to read what you already know about the Tab and we’ll reach out to U.S. Cellular for a comment on the date and price. More →

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U.S. Cellular to offer Samsung Mesmerize, a Galaxy S phone

By on October 6, 2010 at 3:26 PM.

U.S. Cellular to offer Samsung Mesmerize, a Galaxy S phone

If you’re rocking a contract on CDMA carrier U.S. Cellular, listen up. The company has just announced that they will be offering the Samsung Mesmerize; a full-touchscreen Android smartphone that carriers that Galaxy S moniker. Like all Galaxy S phones, the device will sport a Super AMOLED display (4-inch), 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, 5 megapixel camera, SWYPE, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, and micro-SD card slot. The device will ship with Android 2.1 but will be upgraded to Android 2.2 “later this year.” The device will retail for $199 after an $80 mail-in rebate and will go on sale October 27. The full press release is after the break. More →

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U.S. Cellular details 'Belief Project'

By on September 30, 2010 at 8:28 AM.

U.S. Cellular details 'Belief Project'

U.S. Cellular has had a teaser-site for their “Belief Project” up for just over a week, but now, the company is starting to detail just what the program entails. “We noticed wireless customers shared some common frustrations, and we wanted to fix them,” said Mary N. Dillon, the company’s president and CEO. Starting tomorrow, U.S. Cellular will begin offering “One and Done” contracts, which allow customers who have completed a two-year contract to move to a month-by-month post-paid offering. “Belief Rewards,” which — from what we gather — will work like credit card points; the longer you are a customer the more points you earn. Points can be used towards early phone upgrades, additional lines, ringtones, etc. Other features of the Belief Project include: $100 phone replacements for lost and stolen phones, overage cap warnings, and 5% bill discounts for auto-pay. Sounds pretty nice, although, we’re interested to see the fine print. Hit the jump to check out the brief synopsis the company just sent us. More →

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U.S. Cellular to carry BlackBerry Bold 9650 starting tomorrow

By on August 17, 2010 at 12:07 PM.

U.S. Cellular to carry BlackBerry Bold 9650 starting tomorrow

The folks over at U.S. Cellular have announced that they will begin offering the BlackBerry Bold 9650 to their customers on August 18th. The CDMA/GSM 9650 is identical to the model that has been available on Sprint and Verizon Wireless for the last several months. Here are the Cliff’s Notes on the device: EV-DO Rev. A, UMTS/HSPA 2100 MHz, quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 512 MB RAM, 3.2 megapixel camera, and the unit is BlackBerry 6 ready. The phone will retail for $230 with a 2-year contract and a $70 mail-in rebate will be available at time of purchase. The full release is after the break. More →

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U.S. Cellular releases second Android device, HTC Desire

By on August 11, 2010 at 5:37 PM.

U.S. Cellular releases second Android device, HTC Desire

It appears that U.S. Cellular has become quite smitten with the “Androids” these days. Today, the company announced that the HTC Desire will be available to its customers in stores and online on August 27. The Desire will join four other Android-powered smartphones in the US Cellular line-up, including the Samsung Acclaim and the Samsung Galaxy S, which will arrive in October. “For us, it’s not just about delivering this array of cutting-edge phones that our customers want and deserve […] We love making our customer’s lives easier”, said Edward Perez, Vice President of Sales and Marketing Operations for US Cellular. This phone is being released with Android 2.1, while Froyo (Android 2.2) is already available on several competing devices. Cutting-edge?  We say maybe not, but we still think it’s a pretty solid device. More →

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U.S. Cellular to release nine new handsets in 2010

By on June 25, 2010 at 9:17 PM.

U.S. Cellular to release nine new handsets in 2010

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U.S. Cellular announced on Thursday that it will be launching nine new handsets by the end of the year. The list contains a nice mixture of feature phones and smartphones including four Android and two BlackBerry handsets. Starting from first launch date to last, the handsets include:

  • Samsung Acclaim (July 9, exclusive to U.S. Cellular)
  • HTC Desire (Early August)
  • BlackBerry Bold 9650 (Early August)
  • Unnamed Samsung Android handset (October)
  • Unnamed LG Android handset (October)
  • BlackBerry 9670 (Later this year)
  • LG Banter Touch (Unknown date)
  • Square, dark purple QWERTY Motorola device (Unknown date)
  • Side-sliding QWERTY device with 2MP camera from Samsung (Unknown date)

With some sweet handsets on the horizon, the rest of 2010 is looking good for U.S. Cellular customers. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →

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U.S. Wireless carriers get graded, ranked for their Q1 2010 performance

By on May 14, 2010 at 4:01 AM.

U.S. Wireless carriers get graded, ranked for their Q1 2010 performance

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Strategy Analytics released its Q1 2010 metrics report for the U.S. Wireless carriers and it paints an interesting picture of the mobile landscape stateside. As expected, Verizon and AT&T led the pack with 92.8 million and 86.9 million customers, but were pretty much neck and neck where it really counts with churn, service revenue, data percentage of service revenue and ARPU being fairly similar when scaled. T-Mobile and Sprint showed a slight decline with each losing tens of thousands customers and reporting churns more than double that of Verizon and AT&T. Despite losing more customers than T-Mobile, Sprint still had the upper hand in service revenue, data percentage of service revenue and ARPU. Those were the figures for the big and medium players, so hit the jump to see how the little guys did. More →

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Samsung Acclaim to hit U.S. Cellular in July

By on May 10, 2010 at 9:32 AM.

Samsung Acclaim to hit U.S. Cellular in July

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U.S. Cellular, the nation’s #7 carrier, recently confirmed it will be introducing a second Android handset this summer, the Samsung Acclaim — previously known as the R880. The Acclaim is a mid-level handset that will find its niche underneath its flagship cousin, the HTC Desire. Details are scarce, but we we do know is the Acclaim will feature a full QWERTY keyboard, Android 2.1, and a 3.2 inch HVGA screen. You can look for both the Acclaim and the Desire to hit the shelves of U.S. Cellular in July. Any U.S. Cellular customers thinking about the Acclaim over the Desire?

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Motorola Crush now available from U.S. Cellular

By on November 21, 2009 at 8:31 AM.

Motorola Crush now available from U.S. Cellular

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Motorola has announced that its brand new handset, the Crush, is available as of this week from U.S. Cellular. Going for $79.95 after a $50 mail-in rebate on a 2-year contract, Motorola is positioning the Crush as an affordable phone with a high-end design. Having said that, we can’t help but think only Motorola would think placing the lock and power buttons on either side of the earpiece is “high-end”. Having said that, the Crush has the following features: 2.8″ 240×400 WQVGA touchscreen display, 2 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, 3.5mm headphone jack, microSD support for cards up to 16GB and EV-DO Rev. 0 connectivity. Is anyone going to check this bad boy out, or does your heart yearn for something else?

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BlackBerry Tour release looms on U.S. Cellular

By on October 8, 2009 at 11:32 AM.

BlackBerry Tour release looms on U.S. Cellular

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One of our crafty readers just let us know that U.S. Cellular will indeed be joining other state-side CDMA carriers in offering the BlackBerry 9630 to their subscribers. The specs page, listed here on their website, has no real surprises but seems to point to a looming release date. We do have to ask, with all this Essex this and Essex that talk, are you going to pull the trigger on a BlackBerry Tour?

Thanks TW!

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