America’s fifth largest carrier, U.S. Cellular has announced the reduction of prices of its Shared Connect plans. The carrier has slashed the cost of its 1, 3, 6, 8 and 20GB plans while offering 1GB of additional data for customers of the 2GB plan.
Last week at CES 2015, the LG G Flex 2 was introduced to the world. Both Sprint and AT&T were quick to confirm the handset’s availability to their customers. We can add U.S. Cellular to the list of carriers offering the G Flex 2 because an FCC filing reveals that the carrier has its own variant. It supports LTE bands 5 and 12 in addition to the 850 and 1900 CDMA bands. All of these are supported by U.S. Cellular. The exact model number for the handset in this FCC filing is LG-US995.
Everyone is sick of the data caps that cell phone companies have imposed on us. It’s one thing to cap data, but it’s another to over charge for services rendered. I have been saying all long that Google will fix this mess and they are already making steps toward it.
They are lobbying with regulators to free up vacant spectrum that is not only low cost, but useless to the U.S. carriers. They would like to see as much as 150 megahertz of specturm around the 3.5 gigahertz band. The idea is to leave it open to anyone without a license, but set aside some of it for companies to use exclusively.
ZTE has announced their ZTE Imperial II smartphone will be coming to U.S. Cellular. The Imperial II is aimed at budget-focused buyers and will be available for $0 down with a two-year contract. However, avoiding being locked in to a two-year contract is not an expensive proposition as the Imperial II will only run $100 off contract.
The Imperial II is the successor to ZTE’s Imperial, but with a larger 5-inch screen. The device comes equipped with a Snapdragon quad-core processor running at 1.2 GHz, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal memory, a 5 MP rear-facing camera, a 2,300 mAh battery, support for 4G LTE and runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
You can read the full press release after the break.
Another carrier in the United States has the Nexus 6 available to its customers. The latest Nexus phone arrived online today on U.S. Cellular’s website. The regional carrier, sitting at fifth largest in the United States, has each and every color and storage option. With a two-year contract, the base 32GB model is $199. The price for the 64GB, contract included, is $249. The same devices without any contract go for more than $650 and $700, respectively.
Source: U.S. Cellular
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.
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.
Although Motorola’s latest smartphone, the Moto X, has been available from AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon for the past three weeks, U.S. Cellular has only just announced that it too is selling the handset.
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
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.