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US Cellular readying its own iPhone rival

updated 08:45 am EDT, Mon September 29, 2008

Samsung Delve Leak

Relatively small national carrier US Cellular will have its own full touchscreen device by the end of the year, a leak stemming from BGR would suggest. The Samsung Delve would be cosmetically very similar to the Instinct at Sprint but would have physical call/answer buttons instead of touch-sensitive controls on the earlier phone; it would also carry Samsung's stock TouchWiz interface with widget support in place of Sprint's custom-designed software. A full HTML web browser is still part of the design.

In return for the less specialized software, the two-megapixel cameraphone will have several preloaded apps, including built-in clients for Facebook and MySpace as well as US Cellular's Toneroom store for buying ringtones and YourNavigator for assisted GPS.

The Delve should be available sometime in mid-November, but hasn't been given a price by the alleged insider. Sprint currently sells the equivalent Instinct for $129 with a two-year plan.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. Susan

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    US Cellular touch phone

    I used to the a US Cellular customer and they are fantastic. Their coverage is great and they hit it way out of the ballpark on Customer Service. I'm using an iPhone now and am very unhappy with AT&T's coverage. I'm a Machead from way back but if US Cellular comes out with anything comparable to the iPhone, I'm going to bite the cancellation fees on my AT&T contract and go back to US Cellular.

  1. Susan

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    US Cellular touch phone

    I used to be a US Cellular customer and they are fantastic. Their coverage is great and they hit it way out of the ballpark on Customer Service. I'm using an iPhone now and am very unhappy with AT&T's coverage. I'm a Machead from way back but if US Cellular comes out with anything comparable to the iPhone, I'm going to bite the cancellation fees on my AT&T contract and go back to US Cellular.

  1. rtbarry

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    lol. who t f...

    is US Cellular?

    nice cheesy photoshop.

  1. JuanGuapo

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    Yawn

    Can't speak for US Cellular but that phone looks boring.

  1. Tommy Peters

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    Machead first

    Susan, I'm happy you're a Machead first, a US Cell customer second. Don't forgo an original for an imitation just because its carrier has issues. Fixable issues.

  1. unity@mac.com

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    Yawn

    Phone looks like most other coming out about now.

    As for US Cellular. I had them, switch to Cingular (at the time) since I worked for Cingular. Even with the great rate discounts, I switched back to US Cell. Got a few jabs at work about it, but at least they could call me. This was during the new GSM rollout.

    Anyway, back to Cingular/ATT now and things have GREATLY improved. But US Cellular, while not a huge company, was always a pleasure to work with.

  1. Schatz

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    US Cellular

    They really are the best by far in my area (Milwaukee WI) AT&T is somewhat spotty. Several friends have iPhones, both original and 3g and they b**** about the coverage, frequent dropped calls etc. Carrier issues. I love the iPhone idea,and have an iPod Touch, but if the darn thing works poorly as a phone that kills the deal.

    If only they could have picked verizon instead, they are pretty good here and a national carrier.

    US Cellular also has amazing customer service, friendly, helpful, never waited more than a minute or two to speak with them.

    I buy phone service for about 25 users nationwide. Local I go US Cellular, nationally Verizon.

    Anybody else find the GSM buzzing through other devices annoying as h***?


    FWIW

    Bob

  1. Guest

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    US Cellular is Great!

    I can't say enough how refreshing US Cellular is. I have been a customer with them for 2 years now (Alltel & Verizon previously). They are a CDMA carrier that has roaming agreements with Verizon AND Alltel. I get the great USC customer support with the Verizon network when I'm out of home area. Their one drawback for being small is they are slow in rolling out latest tech. Not EVDO in my area yet and the handsets are usually basic but are not locked up like a Verizon phone (Verizon Pr!cks!). HEAR ME VERIZON?? THEY LEAVE THE PHONES ALONE!!!!!! USC's draw backs are an acceptable trade off in my opinion. Their network is rock solid and Customer Support is second to none in wireless industry! Also being small they may be vulnerable to a merger. Hopefully Verizon loses interest in them since acquiring Alltel. If USC got merged I would prob throw myself off a cliff before becoming a Verizon customer again.

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