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US Cellular unveils new, lower-priced no-contract plan

US Cellular has rolled out a new, lower-priced no-contract plan option. This one sits priced at per month and includes unlimited talk, text and data. Of course, as we often see with the mention of unlimited — there is some fine print you will want to know up front. In this case, the data is unlimited, but only some of that will be at high-speed.

Specifically, the first 500MB of data will be at high-speed. US Cellular points out that data speeds will be slowed thereafter. Whether 500MB at high-speed, with slower speeds after will work for you will have to be something determined by checking your current data usage. And to clarify, that slower speed will be 1X, aka, 2G.

Aside from the catch in terms of data speeds, there is also some restriction on terms of device compatibility. Details coming from CNET mention how this plan is only available with four devices. The list includes the Moto X, Kyocera Hydro XTRM and Samsung Galaxy Axiom as well as the ZTE Director.

The Director is the most affordable of the bunch, at , however that one is lacking LTE connectivity. Otherwise, the Moto X will set you back 0 (with rebates) and the Hydro XTRM and Galaxy Axiom are both 0 each, also with rebates. All that having been said, US Cellular does have plans to offer this new plan with other devices, but they also have it listed as being a “limited time offer.”

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Moto X camera update heading to US Cellular this month

A software update for the Moto X has been making the carrier rounds. This is the update that brings fixes for the camera and touchless controls and so far it has hit three of the big four US carriers. AT&T was the most recent of the three with the update arriving just last week. We are still waiting on word from Verizon Wireless, however a recent leak is suggesting US Cellular will be rolling the update out soon.

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The details have yet to be announced by US Cellular and are based on a leak at the moment. What we are seeing is coming by way of a “Device Service Bulletin” dated for October 2013. Said bulletin is for the Motorola Moto X and includes a changelog for a maintenance release that is beginning to look rather familiar.

Details here include the version being Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with a build number of 13.9.0Q2.X-116-MX-17-57. Anyway, while this one does look familiar, it is not an exact copy from the other carriers. The US Cellular Moto X update is also adding the Wi-Fi Now application (version 4.5.75). This is an app that will help you to automatically connect to available hotspots and while it is coming with this update, it is also available for download from the Play Store.

The remaining items in this update include the following;

Enhancements to the following experiences

  • Camera
  • Active Notifications
  • Touch less Controls
  • Motorola Assist

The following Motorola Experiences would be upgradeable via Google Play

  • Touch less Controls
  • Motorola Assist

Calling (Improved Voice Quality)

  • Addressed issue that sometimes resulted in choppy audio being heard by the person you are talking to using your Moto X

While this is certainly looking like good news for those who picked up a Moto X with US Cellular, we can almost hear the complaints coming from Verizon Moto X users. That being said, if you are sporting a US Cellular Moto X we suggest keeping a close eye on your notifications because according to this, that update should be here within the next few weeks.

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Moto X bootloader now unlockable on Sprint, U.S. Cellular, Rogers and Latin America

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Moto X buyers that purchase the handset from Sprint, U.S. Cellular, Rogers and Latin American carriers will be able to unlock its bootloader, if they so desire.

While Motorola offers support for bootloader unlocking – Moto X will have to go to Motorola’s My Moto Care portal to do it (see Source link below)– you’ll have to know that the procedure is not necessarily hassle free.

Choosing to unlock the bootloader will immediately void your warranty, and you’ll have to agree to it in case you want to go forward with the procedure. Furthermore, you’ll also have to agree not to sell the device after unlocking the bootloader, and to arbitration in case of any potential civil claim.

At the end of the day, it’s up to you to decide whether unlocking the bootloader of the Moto X is something you need to do or not, but make sure you know all the conditions of such procedures beforehand.

As for the AT&T and Verizon versions of the Moto X, you can expect them to come with a locked bootloader, which means that those of you that want to unlock it, but also stay on either AT&T or Verizon, will have to get a Developer Edition handset for full price. However, the Moto X Developer Edition is still listed as “coming soon” on Moto’s website.

Are you planning to unlock the bootloader of your Moto X?

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Moto X is now available through Sprint and U.S. Cellular

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AT&T rolled out the much-hyped Moto X on August 23rd, making it the first to the X phone party, though Verizon wasn’t too far behind. So when can we get our hands on the Moto X from Sprint and U.S. Cellular? Today actually.

To be fair, U.S. Cellular started selling the handset on the 4th, but only through its website. Today marks the carrier’s first day selling the handset in-stores, where it will set customers back 9.99 on contract. For those that are new to U.S. Cellular or opening an additional line, there is also a switcher bonus thrown in.

Pricing and incentives aside, the handset is the same regardless of which of the two carriers you pick. Both models come with the same black or white color choice, and the same unique specs and features.

Moving on to Sprint, the Now Network is now offering up the Moto X both in-store and online for 9.99 with contract. The carrier is even throwing in a “Lifetime Unlimited Guarantee” with the handset, which promises customers unlimited talk, text and data for the life of the line of service.

For new customers, Sprint will even offer a 0 credit towards any device you buy, which would make the Moto X just .99 with contract.

Moto X – Specs and special features

Pricing and incentives aside, the handset is the same regardless of which of the two carriers you end up choosing. Both models come with black or white color options, and the same unique specs and features.

As a reminder, the Moto X features a 4.7-inch 720p AMOLED display, and is powered by Motorola’s X8 Mobile Computing system, which is made up of a 1.7GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, an Adreno 320 GPU, a core for contextual computing processing and one for natural language processing.

Some of the handset’s other specs include 2GB RAM, 16 or 32GB storage, 50GB free Google Drive storage, 10.5MP Clear Pixel rear cam, 2.1MP front cam, Wi-Fi, LTE, NFC, a 2,200 mAh battery and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

At a first glance, the handset’s specs might not seem to blow anyone away, but the Moto X’s real magic is it’s touchless controls and special features such as the phone’s Active Display notification system. For more details about what to expect from the Moto X, check out our full review!

So what do you think, planning on picking the Moto X up or not?

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Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 announced for AT&T, Sprint, and US Cellular

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In a market that increasingly favors smartphones with 5-inch and larger displays, the Galaxy Mega 6.3 stands out as a beast. While not the first smartphone with a display of more than six inches, the Mega 6.3 is the best known and probably the one with the widest distribution.

Samsung Mobile announced today that the 6.3-inch model of the Galaxy Mega will be gracing with its magnitude the stores of several US major carriers: AT&T, Sprint, and US Cellular.

While the official press release is lacking in detail, only offering “this month” as a timeline for the availability of the Mega, AT&T announced that the device will be available starting August 23, for 9.

Sprint also confirmed it would be carrying the Galaxy Mega 6.3 “later in the year”, and we expect an official word from US Cellular any time now.

So, what will you get for your money, besides that expansive display? The Galaxy Mega 6.3 is rather unassuming in terms of specs, with a 720p resolution, a dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor running at 1.7GHz, and 1.5GB of RAM. At 8MP, the camera is just as mid-range as the other specs, but at least media hoarders can rejoice knowing that the Mega 6.3 will be offered with up to 64GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD.

On the software side, you’ll get some of the niceties offered by the Galaxy S4, such as Air View, Multi Window, WatchON, and Easy Mode. Check out the press release for all the details.

Samsung Brings the Galaxy Mega to U.S. Consumers

6.3-inch HD screen combines a tablet experience with the functionality of an everyday smartphone

Dallas, TX – August 19, 2013 – Continuing its commitment to provide choice to consumers, Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung Mobile) today announces the Samsung Galaxy Mega™ for the U.S. market. The 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega is the ideal hybrid mobile device for those who want to experience smartphone portability with the immersive experience of a tablet.

“We continue to bring innovation with our Galaxy family of devices, with the Galaxy Mega representing a manifestation of consumer’s enthusiasm for our thin, large screen designs,” said Nick DiCarlo, vice president of product planning and marketing at Samsung Mobile.  “The Galaxy Mega combines exceptional features from the Samsung Galaxy smartphone family with a 6.3-inch screen, making it an optimal device for movies, books, music and games.”

Superior Galaxy® Features
The Galaxy Mega allows users to enjoy many of the benefits of Samsung’s latest flagship device, the Galaxy S® 4, on an even larger screen. The Galaxy Mega’s big-screen experience enhances everything you do on a smartphone – whether it’s watching a video, browsing web pages or composing an email.

• Air View™: Explore information and content on your Galaxy Mega without ever touching the screen. Simply hover your finger an inch above the screen to preview emails and photos, initiate speed-dial and even magnify text.
• Multi Window: Multi Window split screen multitasking allows users to seamlessly run multiple apps on one screen simultaneously, and is now better than ever on the 6.3-inch HD screen of the Galaxy Mega. Watch a movie on Samsung Hub™ and check email at the same time, all by dragging and dropping apps on the same screen.
• WatchON™: Control your television using the Galaxy Mega as a remote control. Discover a rich TV viewing experience with the Integrated Infrared (IR) controller that makes Smart Remote functional with any IR capable TV or Set Top Box. Users can share content from the Galaxy Mega to a TV effortlessly, as well as channel surf in a smart, new way that lets you browse by genre, search by title or receive recommendations based on your interests.
• Easy Mode: Helps smooth the transition for first-time smartphone owners by simplifying the home screen layout, camera, calendar, messaging and the internet browser to make the settings menu easy to navigate. Once a user is more comfortable with their Galaxy Mega, they can easily switch back to the standard home screen interface.

Captivating Camera
At 8-megapixels, the Galaxy Mega rear-facing camera has zero shutter lag to capture life’s memorable moments without delay. The Galaxy Mega is equipped with the easy-to-navigate Galaxy Camera™ user interface which supports numerous shooting modes such as Beauty Face, Best Photo, Sound & Shot, Panorama and more to enhance photos taken by even the most novice photographer. Galaxy Mega users can also create photo albums on the fly with Story Album™ – a unique way to group content by event or date. With the spacious display and a variety of filters and editing tools, smartphone photos have never looked better.

Powerful Performance
The Galaxy Mega has 6.3 inches of screen real estate with a HD Super Clear LCD (720×1280) display that beautifully showcases photos, e-books and magazines, or PowerPoint presentations. Wide viewing angles mean that users can maximize productivity and never sacrifice their experience.

The Galaxy Mega runs Android™ 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean), powered by a 1.7 GHz dual core CPU and 1.5 GB of internal RAM. Users can store large libraries of photos, music and videos with expandable storage of up to 64 GB of memory with an external microSD™ card.

The Galaxy Mega is also SAFE™ (Samsung for Enterprise), allowing users to work and play with confidence that their photos, emails and contacts are protected. Built with enough power to get you through the longest work days, the Galaxy Mega is powered by a removable 3,200 mAh battery for extended use on a single charge.

Protect the Galaxy Mega with an assortment of cover options, such as the S-View Flip Cover, a specially designed flip cover with a clear window to answer or reject a call and view battery status. The traditional Flip Cover provides similar functionality without a viewing window, and the Protective Cover + fits snugly around the Galaxy Mega to protect against bumps and falls. Sold separately, the S-View Flip Cover, Flip Cover and Protective Cover + come in a variety of vibrant colors to add personality and style, all while protecting the Galaxy Mega.

The Galaxy Mega comes in Nova Black and Polaris White color options and will be available beginning this month. AT&T, Sprint and US Cellular will carry the device – each carrier will announce their specific availability, colors and timing.

For more information on the Galaxy Mega and accessories, please visit www.samsung.com.

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Moto X bootloader will be unlockable on T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, Verizon getting developer edition

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Following the Moto X event last week, the development community was saddened to learn that the bootloader of the Moto X was locked. The next day, Motorola’s VP of Product Management, Punit Soni, took to Google+ to clarify the status of the Moto X bootloader. According to Punit, some variants of the Moto X will be have a locked bootloader and others will ship with a more friendly unlockable bootloader. If you haven’t figured it out yet, it boils down to carrier restrictions.

Versions of of the Moto X headed to Sprint, US Cellular, Rogers, and T-Mobile will have an unlockable bootloader. If you’re on Verizon Wireless or AT&T, you’re not going to be so lucky. Verizon will be getting a ‘Developer Edition’ of the Moto X, so there’s some good news. There was no mention of a specific AT&T ‘Developer Edition’ however a ‘North American Developer Edition’ was mentioned. We’ll go ahead and assume that it will work on AT&T and possibly other GSM carriers.

Perhaps this got missed in the launch hullabaloo … Moto X on the Sprint, US Cellular, Rogers and T-Mobile networks will have an unlockable bootloader, and in addition, we will be offering a Verizon Wireless Developer Edition and a general North American Developer Edition. Hope that clarifies some of the questions out there.

Will these developer editions be available when the Moto X officially launches? We’ll let you know when we find out.

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Kyocera Hydro XTRM set for a May 24th arrival with US Cellular

Kyocera has announced their latest rugged smartphone. This time around the handset is called the Hydro XTRM and it will be heading to US Cellular later this week. Specifically, US Cellular will have the Hydro XTRM available beginning on May 24th. The price should be affordable for most, however the key here is with the handset itself — the rugged features and overall design.

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Just to begin with, Kyocera has the Hydro XTRM set up with the Military Standard 810G certification and the IP57 certification. Basically, this is just to say the handset will be able to withstand shock and drops and also immersion in up to 3.28 feet of water for up to 30 minutes.. The handset will also be dust-resistant.

The handset will arrive with US Cellular as a 4G LTE device and with features to include a 4-inch impact-resistant touchscreen display, dual-core 1.2GHz processor and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Remaining specs include 4GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, 1GB of RAM and a 2000 mAh battery.

The handset will also be equipped with a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera. In addition to the rugged design, the Hydro XTRM also has something called Smart Sonic Receiver technology which according to Kyocera, will “help you hear clearly in noisy places.”

That being said, the Kyocera Hydro XTRM will be priced at .99, which is with an instant rebate and on a two-year agreement. Finally, while the Hydro XTRM is an LTE capable device, the US Cellular coverage isn’t complete just yet. At present the carrier has said 4G LTE coverage is available for 61 percent of their customers with coverage including select cities in Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

SOURCE: MarketWatch

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US Cellular GALAXY S 4 availability begins this week

Despite news of an unexpected delay coming from T-Mobile, it appears as if US Cellular will have the GALAXY S 4 shipping later this week. The carrier has announced that the GALAXY S 4 would be available for online purchase beginning on April 26. Perhaps key though, pre-orders will also begin shipping that same day.

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Aside from online availability, US Cellular has said the GALAXY S 4 would be available in retail stores beginning on April 30. Those who pre-ordered can also expect the S View Flip Cover, which was being offered as part of the pre-sale process. It looks like the S View Flip Cover offer is only available for those who pre-order the handset, so if you had been on the fence about a purchase, now seems like a good time to move forward.

US Cellular has the 16GB GALAXY S 4 and that will be available in both the White Frost and Black Mist models. Otherwise, while the US Cellular 4G LTE network is not quite as large as some of the other carriers, it is important to note that it currently covers 61 percent of their user base. Looking forward, US Cellular plans to have that upped to 87 percent by end of year 2013.

For those keeping track, the T-Mobile GALAXY S 4 availability was pushed to April 29. Verizon on the other hand will have the GALAXY S 4 available for pre-order beginning tomorrow, April 25. The Verizon pricing (at least after the mail-in rebate) will be the same as US Cellular, sitting at 9.99 on a two-year agreement. T-Mobile with their UNcarrier approach will have the handset available with a 9.99 downpayment and an additional 24 payments of .

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info

    Device Name : Galaxy S 4 (Qualcomm)
    Manufactuer : Samsung
    Carrier : AT&T T-Mobile
    Announced Date : March 14, 2013
    Release Date : April 24, 2013
    Also Known As :

Display

  • Screen Size : 5 Inch
  • Resolution : 1080×1920
  • Screen Type : Super AMOLED
Dimension & Weight

  • Height : 5.37 Inch
  • Width : 2.748 Inch
  • Depth : 0.31 Inch
  • Weight : 130 Grams
Battery & Power

    Battery Type:

  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 2600 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
Software

    Android OS:

  • 4.2.x
    Audio Playback:

  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:

  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • 3GP
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
  • WMV
    Messaging:

  • SMS
  • MMS
  • IM

Hardware

    CPU : Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T
    CPU Clock Speed : 1900 Mhz
    Core : 4
    Ram : 2000 MB
    Internal Storage : 16 GB
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    Camera Resolution : 13 MP
    External Storage:

  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:

  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
  • 720p Video Recording
    Sensors:

  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
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Cellular Network

    Network Technology:

  • GSM
    GSM Band:

  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity

    Wi-Fi:

  • 802.11a
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
  • 802.11ac
    Bluetooth:

  • A2DP
  • Bluetooth 4.0
    Location Features:

  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
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US Cellular now offering the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 4G LTE for $499.99

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The Galaxy Note 10.1 is now heading to US Cellular with 4G LTE in tow. US Cellular will sell the tablet for 9.99 with two-year commitment.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 might not have the luxury of having phone dialer options baked in like its little brother the Note 8.0, but it is still a reasonably solid tablet. The Note 10.1 features a 1.4GHz Exynos quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB storage, 5MP rear-cam, S-Pen Stylus and all the special Samsung apps that you’d expect with a Note device. There is also Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on board.

As a bit of an extra bonus, Note 10.1 buyers will also get Adobe Photoshop Touch and 2GB of free storage on Adobe’s Creative Cloud. Other features include a multi-window feature and the addition of Samsung’s Smart Remote app for controlling your television via the tablet.

To get the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 through US Cellular you will need to sign up for a minimum size of 2GB of data, which will run you a month. As previously mentioned, you will also need to sign a contract.

What do you think, interested in picking up the Note 10.1 through US Cellular or not?

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MANET Manager for Android allows cellular network-free communication

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Apps like WhatsApp are certainly useful, however, they only work when a user has an active Internet connection. What happens when this connection gets cut off? You can probably imagine. In today’s high-tech mobile-centric world, there is something that many people take for granted: the fact that much of the world’s current communications infrastructure is at the mercy of those who are in control of cellular networks.

Is the world really going to sit back and watch as this apparent “weak link” in worldwide communications — that is, the dependence on active cellular networks — stays in place? Fortunately, the answer to that question is no. There is currently an ongoing effort to build and maintain a free wireless network for Wi-Fi-enabled devices — which include tablets and smartphones — with the use of free and open source technology. If you own an Android smartphone or tablet yourself, this is definitely something that you should try to look into.

But what is there to look into, exactly? Well, there’s an app called MANET Manager available for download now on Google Play, and it essentially offers users a way to enable and configure a Mobile Ad-Hoc Network (MANET) for devices in order for users to enjoy cellular network-free communications. With a MANET enabled and configured, users can connect with other devices within range in order to, well, communicate.

What’s the catch? There no catch, apparently. It’s just a clever way of using the built-in wireless capabilities found in certain devices to establish wireless communications without the use of active cellular networks. This type of thing can come in handy in case of emergencies. And it could also be a way to simply cut back on wireless messaging costs yet again.

At the moment, MANET Manager only supports a limited number of devices. Check out the Google Play link below to try it out for yourself.

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