Yesterday we saw a leaked image of the 6.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Mega sporting AT&T branding, so it should not be a major surprise that Samsung has finally issued their official confirmation that the device is coming to the U.S. market. The Galaxy Mega has already been released to a few markets around the globe since it was officially unveiled, but official word on the U.S. market was lacking until now. According to Samsung’s press release, the Galaxy Mega will be available beginning this month on AT&T, Sprint and US Cellular. The device is only available in Nova Black and Polaris White, but it will be up to each carrier to decided which of those two colors, or both, it will offer.
Sprint has followed up on Samsung’s statement with their own indicating buyers can take advantage of a Sprint Unlimited Guarantee to lock-in unlimited talk, text and data for the life of the line of service. Meanwhile, AT&T indicates the device will be available starting August 23rd for $24 per month with AT&T Next of $149.99 with a standard two-year agreement.
You can read Samsung’s full announcement after the break. Read more
Sources indicate US Cellular is working on rolling out shared data plans for their user base, following the lead of Verizon and AT&T. Apparently employees are in the process of receiving training on the benefits of shared data plans for all parties involved – US Cellular, sales associates and customers. Some of the key “selling” points include the simplicity of the bill for customers and the ability to use data however you want on a variety of devices.
No word yet on what pricing might be like for the new US Cellular plans, but the belief is the pattern will be similar to the industry in throttling back on the data available for use while raising the price. It is not clear whether existing customers will be grandfathered into their unlimited data plans, but that seems likely while new customers will be forced to choose a shared data plan.
source: Droid Life
U.S. Cellular, the fifth of the carriers that will offer the Moto X, is the first that has begun accepting pre-orders for the woven white and woven black Moto X. Only the 16GB device, which retails for $199.99 is currently available for pre-order. U.S. Cellular is offering two promotions though, one being a free free Motorola Boom Wireless Headset with purchase (a $59.99 value), and the second being a $75 Switcher Bonus discount.
If you factor in both of these promotions, it essentially brings the cost of the device down to $69.99. The full price of the device is valued at a lofty $699.99, quite a bit steeper than the $575 or $625 that is supposed to be the case on the other four carriers.
You can pre-order your U.S. Cellular Moto X through the source links below.
Source: Woven White Moto X (U.S. Cellular) | Woven Black Moto X (U.S. Cellular)
On his Google+ page, Taylor Wimberly posted some unverified information indicating Moto X smartphones will be shipping out to U.S. carriers on Monday, July 29th. Motorola has a press event scheduled for Thursday in New York to officially unveil the device. Putting two and two together, some people are wondering whether the device may be available for purchase later this week.
We have already seen information leak indicating US Cellular will start selling the device on August 26th while Verizon is scheduled to release the Moto X on August 23rd. Considering that same roadmap for Verizon indicated the HTC One will go on sale on the network on August 1st, it seems unlikely they would have a second buzz-generating device launch at the same time. There is some conjecture that AT&T may have struck an exclusivity deal and will be ready to start offering the Moto X shortly after the announcement ala Google’s release of the Chromecast.
Be sure to check back for further developments as we close in on the official announcement of the Moto X.
source: +Taylor Wimberly
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