Samsung Galaxy S Aviator
U.S. Cellular today indicated that its LTE 4G network has grown steadily this year and now covers 30% of its cellular footprint. U.S. Cellular also said that it expects 58% of its cellular footprint will have LTE 4G coverage by the end of the year. The company has 7,932 cell towers operating, 4,512 of which are company owned. U.S. Cellular offers a handful of LTE 4G devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy S Aviator.
U.S. Cellular today announced the immediate availability of the Samsung Galaxy S Aviator, which it says is its first LTE 4G smartphone. The Aviator is an Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread device that includes a 4.3-inch WVGA SAMOLED+ touchscreen, an 8 megapixel rear-camera, front-facing webcam, and an HDMI port. The Galaxy S Aviator will be available for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate, though for a limited time, customers who live in markets covered by U.S. Cellular's LTE 4G network can get the phone for $99.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate. U.S. Cellular currently provides 4G LTE service in select cities in Iowa, Maine, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin.
U.S. Cellular today announced another round of cities that will gain access to LTE 4G coverage later this year. Some of the new markets include Rockford and Peoria, Ill.; Columbia and Jefferson City, Mo.; Manchester, N.H.; Wilmington and Jacksonville, N.C.; Tulsa, Okla.; Medford, Ore.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Roanoke and Lynchburg, Va.; Yakima and the Tri-Cities, Wash.; Morgantown, W. Va. and LaCrosse and Beloit, Wis. U.S. Cellular said that by the end of its year 54% of its service footprint will have access to LTE. In addition to the Samsung Aviator and Galaxy Tab, U.S. Cellular today announced that it will also offer the Samsung Mobile Hotspot with LTE.