Nexus 6 to be available on all major U.S. carriers

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With Google’s official release of the Nexus 6 earlier today, buyers may be trying to figure out whether it will be available on their network. The good news for customers on the five major U.S. carriers is that Google is going to make the Nexus 6 available on all of those networks with the initial release. The networks include AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon Wireless. This is a welcome change in strategy from Google as they try to get the latest Nexus smartphone into the hands of as many users as possible. The biggest impediment could end up being the price, which at $649 off-contract, puts it right up there with other high-end devices. By not backing off on specs and the corresponding cost of the unit, Google is also employing a new strategy compared to previous releases.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 coming to U.S. Cellular on October 17th

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U.S. Cellular has announced they will join the ranks of carriers offering the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on their network. The device will be available in stores and online starting this Friday, October 17th. U.S. Cellular is only making the device available in Charcoal Black. Customers can get the Galaxy Note 4 with $0 down if they qualify for U.S. Cellular’s equipment installment option that spreads payment out over 24 months, although they do not indicate what the full retail amount to be financed will be.

Customers can also opt to get the Galaxy Note 4 for $299 with a two-year contract. U.S. Cellular is actually taking pre-orders now for the Galaxy Note 4 if a customer wants to go this route. If you want to place a pre-order, the link is below.

source: U.S. Cellular (MarketWatch), U.S. Cellular Pre-order Link

Android 4.4.2 now pushing to U.S. Cellular Moto X devices

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If you own a U.S. Cellular Moto X, than you will be happy to know that the most recent version of KitKat (4.4.2) is being pushed now. The build number is KXA20.16-1.27, and you must be connected to WiFi to pull it. There is no changelog posted, but you can expect the usual bug fixes and tweaks. You can wait for the over-the-air update to automatically hit your phone, or you can head over to Settings/About Phone/System Updates to manually pull it.

source: U.S. Cellular

U.S. Cellular expected to offer the Motorola Moto G on February 10 [update - now official]

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Motorola Moto G already proved itself as an exceptional smartphone and the best budget phone ever. According to a new report, Moto G will soon be offered by U.S. Cellular on February 10.

U.S. Cellular will be offering the Motorola Moto G to its customers for a full price without a contract, though the pricing isn’t known yet. Currently, the unlocked version of the smartphone can be purchased from Motorola or the Play Store for $179, while Verizon is offering it for $99 on contract. However you can expect U.S. Cellular to sell the device within this price range as well.


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FCC and U.S. Carriers reach a deal to allow consumers to unlock their mobile phones and tablets

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It was back in January when it became illegal to unlock your mobile phone or tablet, which ticked a lot of people off. In most situations, the carrier would unlock it for you, but they didn’t have to. Well fast forward nearly 11 months, and things have changed. The FCC and CTIA have reached an agreement allowing you to unlock your mobile phone or tablet. This deal was reached with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon Wireless.

Each carrier will need to post their policy for unlocking on their respective websites. The way the rule works is that carriers will have to unlock devices requested by customers if their contract has been fully satisfied by either the term or termination fee is paid. If you own a prepaid phone, your carrier has to unlock it within a year of the original activation.

source: CTIA

Black Friday sales information from U.S. Cellular released, sale for current customers going on now

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American consumers will undoubtedly be rushing to the stores next Friday to buy, buy, buy, and buy. Black Friday is one of the biggest business days in the country— mainly because of amazing deals like the ones below.

U.S. Cellular has outlined its Black Friday promotions for customers one week before all of the madness begins.


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Moto X release date for U.S. Cellular leaks, expect to see ramp up of marketing efforts in coming weeks

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With the Moto X bandwagon seemingly increasing in size every day, we continue to receive more and more news about the upcoming device. This time, we present to you a memo which lists the release date for the Moto X for U.S. Cellular on August 26th.

Expect to see an enormous increase in marketing efforts for the Moto X in the coming week or so, especially because Google has an event planned on Wednesday, and we’ve already seen the device a million times at this point through leaked images, and of course our buddy Larry Page. Any day now…

Source: Android Central

Google Wallet arrives for additional Sprint and U.S. Cellular smartphones

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Google officially announced via Twitter that its Wallet service is now available for the Sprint variations of the Galaxy S 4 and HTC One smartphones, as well as the Sprint and U.S. Cellular variations of the Galaxy Note II smartphone as well. This means that all owners of those phones will need to do is simply visit the Play Store and grab the latest update in order to get in on the awesome payment action. Naturally, it would be nice for more devices to take advantage of the great service, but at least Sprint as usual, is ensuring its customers can take advantage of the awesome service.

Hit the link below to grab the latest update.

 

 

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U.S. Cellular launches unique program to let customers test network

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One of the big challenges for any consumer buying cellular service is trying to figure out whether the service really is better than what they currently have. Invariably it seems that no matter what network one is on, there is always that friend or family member that seems to have better coverage with their carrier, but researching the matter usually yields conflicting information. Wireless carrier U.S. Cellular hopes to address this problem with a new program that lets potential customers test their coverage for a week with no strings attached.
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