U.S. Cellular today announced the Alcatel OneTouch Shockwave, a new Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone. The Shockwave, which was first spotted on the FCC web site in September, is a semi-rugged device that is water, shock, and dust resistant. Its 3.5-inch HVGA display is protected by "Dragontrail" glass for scratch resistance. The Shockwave also sports an 800MHz processor, 3.2-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and 1GB of built-in storage. The Shockwave is available starting today via U.S. Cellular's web site and retail stores for $49.99.
Documents seen on the Federal Communications Commission reveal details about an unannounced Android smartphone made by Alcatel bound for U.S. Cellular. The documentation refers to the device as the One Touch 988 Shockwave, which supports the spectrum bands used by U.C. Cellular and bears U.S. Cellular branding. It is a bar-style touch phone and, according to the draft user manual, runs Android 2.3, includes a 3.5-inch HVGA display, 3.2-megapixel camera, and support for microSD cards. The FCC documents confirm that the device also includes Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. U.S. Cellular hasn't announced plans to sell this device, and availability is unknown at this point.