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US carriers detail pre-orders for Galaxy S5, Gear 2, Gear Fit [u]

03/20, 3:05pm

Pre-orders for Galaxy S5 start tomorrow on both carriers

(Updated with T-Mobile launch details) AT&T and US Cellular will be putting up Samsung's flagship smartphone for pre-order tomorrow, with AT&T also preparing to sell the manufacturer's new wearable devices. The Samsung Galaxy S5 on both, as well as the Tizen-powered Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smart watches and the Gear Fit on AT&T, will be available to order through the carrier's stores and websites, with devices set to ship in early April.

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US Cellular planning shared plan changes, according to leaked memo

03/12, 11:51am

More data offered to US Cellular customers, promotional plan touted

US Cellular could be preparing to update its Shared Data plans, according to an allegedly-leaked memo. Dated to be announced tomorrow, the carrier is planning to add more data to existing plans as well as adding another lower tier of service, and introducing a promotional single-line price plan that will be available for a number of weeks before other subscription changes.

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Briefly: T-Mobile ETF payment expands, YouTube Super Bowl commercials

01/17, 5:20am

T-Mobile expands reach of Early Termination payment scheme to more carriers

T-Mobile is expanding the reach of its Early Termination Fee (ETF) payment offer to cover more carriers, after seeing high transfers and more than 80,000 "breakup letters" published to social media. The carrier told Re/code that the plan, launched last week and pays up to $350 per line transferred to it, will now be extended to customers of US Cellular and 12 other smaller carriers. T-Mobile will also be expanding the number of handsets that can be traded in, and will also accept damaged phones, though at a lower level of credit.

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Galaxy S4 mini to hit four US carriers in November

10/23, 2:16pm

Smaller GS4 variant to hit Sprint, AT&T, Verizon

Samsung fans that are looking for a smaller smartphone experience will be able to purchase the Galaxy S4 mini on one of four major American carriers beginning in November. The 4.3-inch handset will be available on AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and USCellular. Samsung has not announced specific launch dates for the device on each carrier.

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US Cellular to carry iPhone 5s, 5c starting November 8

10/18, 11:00pm

First time ever carrying iPhone on America's fifth-largest network

The fifth-largest cell carrier in the United States, US Cellular, will begin selling the iPhone for the first starting on Friday, November 8, according to an ad on its webpage. Oddly, smaller carriers than US Cellular were able to debut the smartphones ahead of it, and there are no carrier-specific plans, pricing or other details yet available. Obtaining the iPhone at long last should help US Cellular increase its subscriber base as well as help retain customers that would otherwise be lost to competitors.

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US Cellular moves to shared data plans, removes unlimited data option

10/14, 1:53pm

Shared Data scheme from US Cellular similar to AT&T, Verizon offerings

US Cellular has decided to offer shared data plans to its customers, bringing it in line with AT&T and Verizon. At the same time as allowing customers and small businesses to buy allowances of data that can be used on multiple devices, the carrier is also bringing to an end the availability of its unlimited data plans.

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Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 heading to AT&T, Sprint, US Cellular

08/19, 11:21am

Large Samsung smartphone appearing on three US carriers later this month

Following a leak on the weekend, Samsung has confirmed that the 6.3-inch model of the Galaxy Mega with LTE connectivity will be going on sale in the United States later this month. The Galaxy Mega 6.3 will be available on AT&T, Sprint, and US Cellular, with the former also stating it will be on sale through the carrier on August 23rd.

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Moto X touted for US Cellular launch on August 26th, teases on Twitter

07/19, 5:46am

Allegedly leaked US Cellular documents reveal potential launch date

The Moto X from Motorola could be coming out on August 26th, according to leaked documents. Paperwork allegedly sourced from within US Cellular provides the date, and appears at the same time as the Google-owned manufacturer teases the US-based manufacturing of the smartphone in a Twitter posting.

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US Cellular to force customers into two-year contracts when upgrading

07/17, 11:11am

Carrier to reintroduce extensions to commitments for new devices

US Cellular is updating its terms of service to make its customers sign up for another two-year contract when upgrading their phone, rather than upgrading without a new commitment period. Customers under the carrier's Belief Plan will be forced to enter the new agreement if they want another subsidized smartphone, with the change coming into force from July 27th.

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US Cellular to provide home phone service over cellular network

05/24, 5:14am

Carrier to offer home base station with two-hour talk time on battery

US Cellular is planning to provide a home phone service, using a base station that connects to the carrier's wireless network. The system, similar to the Home Phone Connect service provided by Verizon, will allow calls to be placed through a normal corded or cordless home phone attached to one of its two telephone ports, as an alternative to having a home phone line installed.

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US Cellular to start carrying Apple products later in 2013

05/03, 11:19am

Could be among launch carriers for iPhone 5S

US Cellular will start carrying Apple products sometime later this year, the company revealed today during a quarterly earnings report. It hasn't identified which hardware it will be offering, or any special subscription plans. Devices will presumably include the iPhone and/or cellular-equipped iPad models. The carrier could, in theory, be in a position to help launch the so-called iPhone 5S this fall, as well as a fifth-generation iPad, second-generation iPad mini, and possibly even an Apple smartwatch, if it comes with any cellular functions.

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Leaked image shows Kyocera Elite, XTRM headed to Verizon, US Cellular

04/26, 10:14am

XTRM to have rugged construction, Elite has 4G LTE connectivity

Kyocera is looking to release two new phones in the United States, according to a leaked image. The Kyocera Elite is reportedly said to be heading to Verizon, while the Kyocera XTRM will appear on US Cellular in the near future, though details relating to specifications, release dates and prices remain unknown.

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US Cellular outlines 4G LTE expansion plans for 2013

02/17, 12:40pm

Carrier hopes to cover 87-percent of customer base with LTE

US Cellular has revealed the next markets that will receive its 4G LTE service. The introduction of 4G LTE service and the expansion of existing high-speed connections will see the carrier expand it's 4G LTE coverage of its customers from the current 61-percent to around 87-percent by the end of this year.

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US Cellular obtains Oklahoma City 700Mhz A-block wireless

01/08, 4:50pm

Ongoing Verizon sale part of April 2012 spectrum deal

Chicago, IL based US Cellular has agreed to purchase Verizon Wireless' 700MHz A-block license blanketing Oklahoma City and 31 adjacent counties. The sale continues Verizon's process announced last spring to divest itself of its lower 700Mhz spectrum licenses. The transaction shifts providers for approximately 1.9 million people.

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Samsung Galaxy Axiom reaches US Cellular with $80 pricetag

11/28, 6:45am

Similar handset to Galaxy S III Mini revealed with improved processor

Samsung has quietly launched a new Ice Cream Sandwich-based smartphone in the US. The Galaxy Axiom, a four-inch Android 4.0 handset with 4G LTE connectivity has appeared on the US Cellular website with little fanfare, and seems to share a similar style and specifications list to the previously-announced Galaxy S III Mini.

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Sprint pays $480M for spectrum, customers from US Cellular

11/07, 11:53am

Deal still waiting for FCC, Department of Justice approval

Sprint has announced plans to pay $480 million for customers and PCS spectrum from regional carrier US Cellular. Should the deal be approved by the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission, by sometime in 2013, Sprint will take over customers and spectrum in parts of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio, including the major markets of Chicago and St. Louis. The carrier should add about 585,000 more subscribers.

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US Cellular rolls out 4G LTE to 30 new markets in 11 states

11/01, 7:23am

November 5th upgrade followed by further expansion

US Cellular will be increasing its LTE network coverage in the US on Monday. The upgrade on November 5th will see the carrier expand 4G LTE signal to a further 30 new markets across 11 states, while further expansion plans to a number of other markets have also been announced, though without a firm schedule.

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Galaxy Note II coming to US carriers by mid-November

09/19, 9:04am

AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, US Cellular all to get new Note

Samsung announced today that the Galaxy Note successor it revealed in August would be hitting US carriers in time for the holidays this year. The Galaxy Note II will be coming to the US, with pricing and retail availability to be announced by each individual carrier. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and US Cellular will all be getting the new Note by mid-November. The news confirms previous reports that had the phablet coming to AT&T, as well as leaked images that showed a Galaxy Note with Verizon branding.

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US Cellular gets HTC One V for $130 after rebate

07/03, 2:09pm

US Cellular now offering HTC One V on contract or as a prepaid phone

The entry-level model from HTC's One range is now available from US Cellular. Like the One S and One X, the phone runs on Android 4.0 and has Beats Audio-certified speakers. Unlike them, it doesn't have a 4G radio onboard.

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Hands on: Samsung's US-bound Galaxy S III variants

06/22, 5:37pm

Quad-core Exynos omitted in favor of S4

Samsung held a flashy event in New York City to reintroduce its Galaxy S III handset ahead of its North American arrival. We already checked out the international model when it was unveiled early last month in London, however we took another look at the US editions to experience the carrier-specific modifications. Variants headed to Verizon, AT&T, US Cellular, Sprint and T-Mobile are powered by a different chipset, lacking a quad-core processor, and each offers slightly different connectivity options.

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Regional carriers blast AT&T over LTE interoperability

05/30, 10:50pm

AT&T fires back

Several regional carriers, including US Cellular and MetroPCS, have filed a report with the Federal Communications Commission that calls into question AT&T's justification for avoiding interoperability between LTE networks that operate on 700 MHz spectrum bands. AT&T established a separate band class that supports its own LTE devices, citing potential interference issues with adjacent broadcast television channels, however the regional carriers claim such interference is not a threat and AT&T's move serves instead to exclude the smaller players from the market.

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Briefly: UK game regulation, Samsung Hotspot, iRig MIX ships

05/17, 5:51pm

UK games now being regulated by Video Standards Council

The Video Standards Council has become the UK's sole statutory video-games regulator, administering the PEGI rating system. The changes now mean age checking for the sale of any game rated PEGI 12, 16 or 18 would become enforceable under UK law. Previously, the system was in an advisory capacity and not legally enforceable, with PEGI games rated 15 or higher also being rated by the BBFC for content.

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Alltel, US Cellular team up to offer U Prepaid cell service

04/30, 6:20pm

Walmart to carry four U Prepaid phones

Regional wireless providers US Cellular and Alltel have teamed up with Walmart on an upcoming launch of a new no-contract service. Called U Prepaid, it will be available in nearly 500 Walmart stores in 18 states. The service will focus on offering simple and easy-to-understand service plans.

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Samsung Galaxy S Aviator with LTE ships to US Cellular

04/05, 3:35pm

Galaxy S Aviator now at US Cellular for $200

As promised two months ago, US Cellular has started shipping its first LTE smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S Aviator. The handset sports a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen and is preloaded with Android 2.3.6 onboard. More importantly, however, it can access the carrier's 4G LTE network, offering significantly higher speeds than 3G networks.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE ships to US Cellular

03/22, 12:35pm

Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE now at US Cellular for $400

As expected, US Cellular on Thursday confirmed it is now selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE tablet from Samsung. It has thus become the first LTE device on the carrier's network, as it ships ahead of the Galaxy S Aviator handset due in April. The tablet will cost $500 after a $100 mail-in rebate, though introductory pricing is $400 after the same rebate.

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T-Mobile USA urges FCC to make 700MHz LTE interoperable

03/14, 4:15pm

T-Mobile sends letter to FCC for 4G LTE roaming

T-Mobile USA has sent a letter to the FCC (PDF), asking it that all 700MHz LTE bands are interoperable between carriers. Such a move would motivate roaming and help the public in terms of safety, T-Mobile wrote. A meeting is scheduled for next week, at which the FCC will decide whether the interference between 700MHz B and C block operations could be mitigated if the lower band were to be made interoperable.

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C Spire details first LTE cities, September launch

03/08, 1:45pm

C Spire outlines more definitive LTE plans

C Spire gave out more definitive plans for its delayed LTE rollout on Thursday. The regional carrier will focus on Mississippi and cover both the core of Jackson, the Gulf Coast, and 23 individual towns. Among the examples include Hattiesburg, Tupelo, and West Point.

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US Cellular promises Samsung Galaxy S II soon

02/21, 1:00pm

US Cellular bringing Galaxy S II for $230

US Cellular has a teaser page up for its version of the Samsung Galaxy S II, promising to ship it soon. It will run on the carrier's 3G network and thus gets the overall faster 1.2GHz dual-core Exynos processor instead of the 1.5GHz Snapdragon in the 4G-capable versions. The screen is nonetheless the larger, 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, and an eight-megapixel camera with LED flash continues to sit out back.

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US Cellular readies 4G LTE hotspot, more LTE areas

02/16, 7:15pm

LTE to arrive in cities across 14 states

US Cellular has announced that it is set to offer a 4G LTE mobile hotspot, while the company's LTE network will be expanded to include a variety of cities spread across 14 states. The additional markets to receive LTE service include cities in Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

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Motorola details Android 4.0 schedule, pushes most to summer

02/15, 11:15am

Motorola stalls most Android 4 updates

Motorola gave out a detailed timetable of its promised Android 4.0 upgrades that stalled them for most users. In spite of promising most updates early in the year, the original Atrix, the Atrix 2, the Photon 4G, and all international variants on the Xoom 2/Xyboard tablet wouldn't start seeing updates until the summer. The initial batch doesn't start until the spring, when the international RAZR, the international and Family Edition Xoom Wi-Fi models, and the China-only MT917 and XT928 should get their upgrades.

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US Cellular snaps up 700MHz licenses for LTE

02/13, 5:10pm

Adds to capabilities in N. Carolina and Nebraska

US Cellular (USCC) has snapped up additional spectrum as it preps for the launch of its LTE-based services next month. On Friday, the Chicago-based regional services provider applied to the FCC for approval to buy five 700MHz licenses in North Carolina and Nebraska. The acquisitions, if approved, will give the carrier LTE-compatible spectrum in six North Carolina markets and eight areas in Nebraska.

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US Cellular LTE to start off with Galaxy S Aviator, Tab 10.1

02/01, 1:25pm

US Cellular to kick off LTE with familiar devices

US Cellular acted on promises and detailed its first LTE devices. Both would be slight tweaks of existing Samsung devices and would include the Galaxy S Aviator, an adaptation of the Droid Charge from Verizon, and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE. The two should arrive in April and March respectively.

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C Spire misses LTE goal, US Cellular sees March LTE tablet

01/05, 11:15pm

Regional US carriers talk new LTE plans

Two US regional carriers saw contrasting results for their LTE rolluts on Thursday. C Spire had set a goal of having LTE-based 4G on its network by the end of 2011, but in a response to FierceWireless declined to say what adjusted schedule it might have. The former Cellular South may have been counting on rules requiring LTE interoperability from AT&T devices that weren't granted with the Qualcomm spectrum handover in December.

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Samsung Galaxy S II and Tab 10.1 may show at US Cellular

12/28, 11:50am

Galaxy S II, Tab 10.1 coming to US Cullular?

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy S II may soon be available at US Cellular, according to a screen capture from the carrier's system shared by Android Central. The regional carrier has yet to officially announce either device, however, so ship dates and prices remain unknown. Both would be late entries after most major carriers had one device or both.

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US Cellular to offer Huawei Ascend II

12/23, 2:20pm

Second US cartrier to offer Huawei smartphone

US Cellular will soon be running a new budget Android phone, the Huawei Ascend II. The hardware centers on a 3.5-inch, 480x240 touchscreen and runs Android 2.3. The carrier is the second US-based carrier to carry the phone, following Cricket, which launched it in July.

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US Cellular hints iPhone an option once it goes LTE

12/05, 7:30pm

US Cellular next among carriers open to 4G iPhone

The chief for US Cellular's parent, TDS, hinted in a presentation at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference on Monday that US Cellular would be open to an LTE iPhone. It was "never going to say never" about Apple's device, but the carrier wanted the device on its newest network before considering. Its LTE network goes live in early 2012 and will already be at half coverage of its regional-sized network by the end of 2012.

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Samsung Repp brings free Android to US Cellular

11/07, 5:15pm

Entry-level handset brings basic features

Samsung and US Cellular have introduced the Repp, an entry-level Android handset that will be offered for free with a two-year agreement. The device offers a basic set of features, centering around a single-core 800MHz processor and a 3.2-inch touchscreen with 360x480 resolution, though it does run one of the latest versions of Google's smartphone OS, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, that has yet to arrive on many high-end alternatives.

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US Cellular plans 4G LTE for early 2012 in seven states

11/04, 6:00pm

US Cellular next to jump to LTE

US Cellular has become the next major US carrier to plan out an upgrade to LTE-based 4G. The regional carrier plans to deploy the faster network starting from early 2012 and plans to cover a handful of cities in Iowa, Wisconsin, Maine, North Carolina, Texas, and Oklahoma. Among the highlight will be Des Moines, Greenville, Milauwkee, and Portland, although most will have more than one city covered.

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US Cellular turned down iPhone over financial risk

11/04, 2:40pm

Carrier might still pick up iPhone in future

US Cellular was offered a chance to sell the iPhone, but decided to turn it down, according to CEO Mary Dillon. The executive revealed the information during a third-quarter results call. She elaborated that Apple's terms were "unacceptable from a risk and profitability standpoint," and claimed that network capacity was not an issue. US Cellular is open to selling the iPhone in the future, Dillon added.

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus sign-ups show seven US carriers

10/19, 8:30pm

Galaxy Nexus US page hints every US carrier onside

A now active signup page for the Galaxy Nexus has given a chance the Android 4.0 phone might arrive on most US carriers. The carrier preference drop-down gives the option not just for the Verizon LTE model but also AT&T, C Spire (Cellular South), MetroPCS, Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular. Only niche or 'virtual' carriers like TracFone and Virgin Mobile are out of the list.

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HTC Evo Design 4G official, goes dual-mode on Sprint Oct. 23

10/19, 11:30am

HTC makes first CDMA-GSM dual mode Evo phone

Sprint Wednesday brought out a new budget Evo that's its first dual-mode model in the line. The HTC Evo Design 4G is a close cousin of the Hero S that can roam on GSM networks along with Sprint's native CDMA. Its version adds WiMAX to get the claimed 4G speeds.

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HTC Flyer hits US Cellular October 7 with unique pricing

10/06, 8:20pm

HTC Flyer costs 399 to 599 based on data

US Cellular chose Thursday to committed to the launch for its version of the HTC Flyer, but with a unique price scheme. The seven-inch Android tablet will be rare in the US in having a European-style price based on the data plan. Buyers will pay as much as $600 if they get a lightweight $15, 200MB monthly plan, but stepping up to the $55 5GB plan drops the price down to $400.

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US Cellular will soon get HTC Wildfire S, Flyer

09/28, 4:40pm

US Cellular to bring out HTC Wildfire S, Flyer

In addition to the upcoming HTC Hero S, US Cellular announced on Wednesday that the HTC Wildfire S smartphone and Flyer tablet will be made available at its stores in October. The Wildfire S is an entry-level smartphone and sports a 3.2-inch touchscreen and a five-megapixel camera. It is powered by Android 2.3 and HTC's Sense user interface.

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HTC Hero S launches first on US Cellular, revives lost name

09/28, 4:10pm

HTC Hero S due in October

HTC and US Cellular confirmed rumors and revived one of Android's earliest, best-known names with the Hero S. The design recalls the squared-off look of the original Hero but with a much more modern design centered on a four-inch, 540x960 LCD. As one of HTC's fastest phones under 4.3 inches, it carries a single-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon and should be visibly faster than a device like the Droid Incredible 2.

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HTC Hero S surfaces for US Cellular

09/21, 7:20pm

Latest Kingdom variant to he slated for US market

HTC's Hero S handset has surfaced with US Cellular branding, alongside the Motorola Electrify that was confirmed earlier this month. The Hero S appears to represent yet another US-bound CDMA variant of HTC's Kindgom handset, offering many of the same features as the Hero 4G that was recently rumored to be headed to Sprint.

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US Cellular brings Android 2.3 update to Samsung Mesmerize

08/30, 5:00pm

Android 2.3.4 now out for US Cellular Mesmerize

US Cellular's Galaxy S phone, the Mesmerize, has now began receiving the software update to Android 2.3.4. The benefits are outlined online and include better power management, updated menus and settings, new shortcuts and easy-to-read displays. Text input and editing is also faster thanks to the improvements.

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Verizon tops, Sprint and AT&T trail in network quality ranks

08/26, 4:50pm

JD Power gives Verizon nod in cellular performance

JD Power late this week published an updated study that gave Verizon another win in cellular network quality rankings. Customers gave it the lead in all but the North central US, where US Cellular had the lead. In some cases, the margin was a wide one, with three to five fewer problems per 100 people.

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Rogers reveals BlackBerry 7 pricing, Bell and Telus sign on

08/04, 3:30pm

BlackBerry Bold 9900, new Torches priced in Canada

The top three Canadian carriers have not only unveiled their plans to carry the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and new BlackBerry Torches but given the clue as to pricing that will likely translate to the US. Rogers has said that both the 9810 and the 9860 will cost $200 when attached to a three-year contract. The Bold 9900 will carry an unusual premium at $250 on the same terms.

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BlackBerry 9850 due for Sprint, US Cellular; 9930 on Sprint

08/03, 1:45pm

BlackBerry Torch 9850 to hit Sprint, US Cellular

Sprint and US Cellular became two CDMA carriers to sign on to BlackBerry 7 launches on Wednesday. Both of them will carry the Torch 9850 and share its 3.7-inch, 480x800 display, 1.2GHz processor, and fast-responding five-megapixel camera. CDMA puts the two on EVDO-based 3G, but it's unclear what software differences the two will have.

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LG Optimus Black hits FCC for Sprint, US Cellular, more

07/02, 5:15pm

LG Optimus Black coming to most US CDMA carriers

LG's Optimus Black is now known to be coming to virtually every US CDMA carrier after FCC listings gave its plans away. A core LS855 model is headed to Sprint, while AS855, US855, and VM855 should reach Alltel, US Cellular, and Virgin. In every case, the chief updates are the expected switchovers to CDMA and EVDO for phone calls and 3G.

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