Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside announced just a few weeks ago that multiple upcoming smartphones from the company would be broadly distributed across carriers. Among this next wave of smartphones from Motorola are the “Moto X” series phones that are already gaining a ton of buzz among consumers— and now it looks as though the Moto X (XFON XT1055) has finally hit the FCC as expected. This variant will head to U.S. Cellular (LTE band 12), making that at least four variants of the phone. We already knew of Verizon’s, Sprint’s, and AT&T’s variants— now the only major U.S. carrier without an FCC filing for the device thus far would be T-Mobile.
The device is expected to have a Snapdragon S4 Pro dual-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz, hold 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, 10MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, 720p display, and Android 4.2.2. All of these specs seem pretty mid-range and they don’t exactly jump out at you over any other phones currently on the market— that’s why we’re expecting some other cool features to come with this phone, such as unique sensors and software by Motorola that will do things such as turn your camera on the moment you pull your phone out of your pocket, and of course other features as well.
More news to come as we approach launch date for this highly anticipated device(s)…
U.S. Cellular customers looking for a sweet mid-range device are in luck as the wireless carrier has officially announced its latest offering— the LG Optimus F7 smartphone. In case you’ve forgotten about the basics of the phone since its original launch a while back, let’s give you a little refresher: the Optimus F7 comes with a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of on-board storage, microSD slot and a spiffy 4.7-inch 1,280 x 720 display. And yes— the device’s software is up-to-date for the most part as it not only features Jelly Bean loaded up, but some of LG’s awesome software too such as the implementation of the QSlide multi-window feature. The device will also come jam-packed with with the usual 3G and LTE radios built-in, giving users of the device quality network speeds when available.
The device is available now on the U.S. Cellular website and at U.S. Cellular retailers for a smooth $99 on-contract or customers who don’t want to feel tied down will have the option of purchasing the device for $399 outright. You’ll find more deets once you hit the source link below.
source: US Cellular
Two new Kyocera phones have popped up, courtesy of evleaks on Twitter. The top phone is the Kyocera Elite, an Android powered smartphone packing LTE bands for Verizon. This is Verizon’s first ever Kyocera smartphone, and their first Kyocera phone since 2006. No word on specs, but I have a feeling it’s not going to compete with the Galaxy S 4.
Also leaked is the Kyocera XTRM that’s heading to US Cellular. From the name, we can tell that it’s going to be a sturdy, rugged phone. No word on specs there, either, but as with most other rugged Android phones, they’re usually pretty modest devices. We should be hearing a bit more about both of these devices in the coming weeks, and we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as anything comes up.
With some carriers already taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S 4, and Samsung officially announcing product availability later this month, U.S. Cellular has joined the fray competing for buyers today by opening their own pre-order page. U.S. Cellular is offering the 16GB version of the smartphone for $199 with a new 2-year contract. To help draw customers in, U.S. Cellular is throwing in a free S View flip cover for anyone who pre-orders online. The cover is normally a $59.99 item. You can read their full press release after the break. Read more
The Galaxy Axiom, US Cellular’s branded version of the Galaxy S III Mini, is beginning to see an OTA update to Android 4.1, complete with Project Butter enhancements and Google Now. You’ll need to be connected to WiFi for the update, and then check for updates in your phone’s About Device settings menu.
This is the second Jelly Bean update we’ve seen to Samsung devices today, so Samsung’s starting off April on a high note. Any Axiom owners that have gotten the update? Let us know in the comments.
source: US Cellular
As expected, after AT&T announced this week they will be opening pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 in April, other carriers are following suit. U.S. Cellular has announced they will start taking pre-orders for the device on April 16th, the same day as AT&T. No pricing information was provided by U.S. Cellular. Hit the source link if you want to sign up for reminders from U.S. Cellular.
source: U.S. Cellular
When Samsung mentioned during their Unpacked Event this evening that 327 mobile operators around the world would carry the Samsung Galaxy S IV there was little doubt all of the major U.S. carriers would get to carry the device. Those carriers have been hitting the Internet to get the word out that there was no need to make an assumption – availability is going to happen. Read more
US Cellular announced today that it will be covering a few more lucky markets in LTE coverage. Certain cities in California, Kansas and Nebraska will get their first taste of 4G LTE, and several cities in Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin will be getting expanded coverage. No details on exactly which cities they plan on covering or when they plan on launching the coverage, but since it plans on finishing its LTE rollout by the end of 2014, we shouldn’t have to wait too much longer. Any US Cellular customers excited about this news? Read more
Recent top-tier phones from Samsung have managed to propagate to major U.S. and international carriers while retaining their model names, like the Samsung Galaxy S III or the Samsung Galaxy Note II. As one moves down into the mid-tier range, we are starting to see carriers renaming Samsung devices to be more carrier specific. The most recent example is the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini which has surfaced on the FCC web site in a filing for T-Mobile with the model name listed as the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit. US Cellular has released the same phone with the Samsung Galaxy Axiom name.
Apparently originality in names is not a major requirement for carriers seeking to bring a new product to market, even one like the Galaxy S III Mini with its scaled down hardware and price tag relative to its “bigger” sibling. In the past carriers have branded devices as the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit 4G, the Samsung Exhibit II, and the Samsung Exhibit 4G.
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US Cellular, the nation’s eighth largest wireless provider, is offering anyone bringing 2+ lines a fat $300 payoff. The carrier will issue payment in the form of a MasterCard debit card. The phone selection isn’t too bad either, the Galaxy S III is available for a subsidized rate of $149 while the Galaxy Note II is $349. US Cellular only has a handful of LTE cities, none in California, but they tend to makeup for their lack of 4G coverage with lower rates. As a CDMA carrier it is unable to support GSM phones like the Nexus 4 which made its long awaited return to the Play Store yesterday.
There’s a $30 activation fee and the promotion does not apply in all markets so interested parties should hit the source to investigate further.
Source: US Cellular