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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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 now available at U.S. Cellular

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With the LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 hitting Verizon, why not U.S. Cellular? Well U.S. Cellular just announced that it’s available in both stores and online. The Galaxy Note 10.1 was the first actual tablet (not a phablet) in the Note line, which means you get to enjoy all the great features found on the phone on a much larger display. It’s priced at $499 and as a refresher it sports a 10.1-inch (1280 x 800) LCD display, a 1.4GHz Exynos quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 5MP rear camera, 1.9MP front camera, 16GB of storage, microSD slot for up to an additional 32GB of storage, 7,000mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, WiFi Direct, USB 2.0 Host, mHL, iR LED, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Of course you can’t forget about the S Pen. Hit the break for the full presser.


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U.S. Cellular now offering up unlimited 4G LTE data plan for the ‘holiday season’

In a move similar to T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular announced today that they will offer a truly unlimited data plan. We’re not just talking any old data either. We’re talking unlimited LTE data, and for a wallet-friendly $40 a month. What’s more, you can even add a tethering plan for only $20 a month. Given those prices and speeds, you could essentially have a home phone using your mobile device, a mobile device obviously for your cell phone, and home internet using the tethering option all for $60 a month.

U.S. Cellular says that this deal is for a limited time, for the ‘holiday season’, and to sweeten the pot they’re offering up $100 discounts on some of their more popular LTE devices including the Galaxy S III. Like other carriers, U.S. Cellular’s LTE coverage is a bit spotty, but they claim that 58% of its customers will be covered by LTE by year’s end. They’re obviously aiming to grow their base in this move while also looking to retain more customers. What are your thoughts? Will this sway you to jump ship from your carrier, or convince you to stay if you’re currently with U.S. Cellular? Let us know. Hit the break for the full presser.
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Samsung Galaxy S III Mini to land on US Cellular as the Galaxy Axiom

Samsung seems to be taking over the world (or galaxy?) with yet another smartphone set to be released, this time on US Cellular. The phone leaked by @evleaks is reportedly called the Galaxy Axiom, which is basically a renamed variant of the Galaxy S III Mini, sporting the same 4-inch WVGA (800 x 480) LCD display, a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 processor, 1 GB of RAM and a measly 4 gigabytes of onboard storage. This phone will take advantage of US Cellular’s growing LTE network and will run Android 4.0 with Samsung’s Nature UX skin on top (you aren’t surprised are you?). As for cameras, it will have a 5 megapixel shooter on the back with a front-facing 1.2 megapixel camera for some fairly decent video-chatting capabilities. All in all, not a bad little offering from Samsung for US Cellular subscribers. If the price is right, this thing could be a hit!

Anyone out there interested in picking this little guy up?

Source: @evleaks

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