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snodrog742

blog-0220402001386375809.jpgWell, just a few weeks after Thanksgiving it appears we've received the Christmas pricing from an anonymous tipster! For all of you disappointed that the Moto X was not in Thanksgiving special, fret no more! That and quite a few other devices will be free. Let's take a look:

Free (New/Upgrade/Add a Line)

$99 (New/Upgrade/Add a Line)

$.01 with Points

Moto X (6800)

Motorola Electrify M (6800)

Samsung ATIV Odyssey (6800)

Samsung Galaxy Mega (7500)

Samsung Galaxy S4 (7500)

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini (6800)

That pretty much covers the major devices. Sadly, no deals on the Samsung Galaxy Note III. Attached is the full document as well in case there's a device I missed that you'd be interested in. Anyone looking to take advantage of this sale? I know my family will be getting 2 Moto X's. Let's hear your choices below!

***Beginning December 12th, all customers currently on a Rewards eligible plan will receive 5000 Rewards points per account. Additionally, beginning Friday, December 13th, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5C (16GB) all colors will be lowered to 5000 Reward points.***

snodrog742

blog-0059391001384550983.pngHere we go again! Looks like US Cellular is coming around and catering more to EXISTING customers and letting them in on Black Friday deals EARLY even! I think it's been 2-3 years since we've actually seen deals like this which is long overdue in our opinion. Here's what we got:

New Devices:

Moto X Turquoise

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Black & White

Delphi Vehicle Diagnostics

Apple iPad Mini with Retina

Free:

Motorola Electrify M

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

Samsung Galaxy Axiom

Samsung ATIV Odyssey

LG Optimus F7

$50:

Apple iPhone 5c

$99:

Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Who wants to guess when these start? Too slow - these begin November 21st for existing customers! Yes, EXISTING customers get first dibs at these prices/specials. As far as we can tell, these are INSTANT prices as well! These will also include 2 year contract and $35 activation fee as usual so please keep that in mind as well.

Also, it is being reported that US Cellular is allowing financing and loan type deals on their tablets beginning November 17th. What this means is, you can purchase the tablet outright at close to retail price or you may pay it off in installments each month. Here's a look at monthly installment option:

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There you have it. We're very impressed with US Cellular's free phone lineup this year for existing customers. Especially allowing them to take advantage early before Black Friday. What do you think? Is one of these in your near future? Let's hear it!

New info!

7,500 points:

Moto X

Samsung Galaxy S4

iPhone 5c

These deals have also been extended to Add a Lines for existing customers! (Clarifying here: these deals are available for upgrades & add a lines for existing customers. I apologize if you only thought it was for add a lines. The points option is not available for new customers as they have no points.)

Also, a very confusing promo where for shared data you can get free device connection charges for 3 months for hotspots, modems and tablets.

Then, you can also get up to $150 in MIR for being on shared data, buying an applicable phone. Trading in an applicable device, getting insurance and buying a tablet or hotspot.

Unfortunately, there's really not much more info than that on what devices and such but definitely could be worth checking out.

[updated: removed Moto X as 7,500 points instead it is iPhone 5c]

Zenzr

So you just got your first smart phone, turned it on, and now what? What can I do with it you wonder?

Well the possibilities are endless!

One of the first things you see is your home screen. What can I do from there? Well let's find out!

Let's first take a look around. The first thing you need to know is this home screen you see is called your launcher. Your launcher is how all of your apps and anything else is displayed on your home screen. Can you change this? Of course! Let's take a look at how.

One of my favorite launchers is called Nova Launcher. You can find the free version here https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher. Let's install it!

Step 1.) Find the Google Play app on your phone and tap on it to open it up. The Play Store icon should look similar to this:

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Step 2.) Search for Nova Launcher and download/install it. It's icon in the Play Store should look like this:

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Step 3.) Once it is downloaded, open it up. Your home page should look similar to this:

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Once you have done this you should notice things look a bit different! Don't worry! This is your new launcher. If it asks you what launcher you want to choose from for you default choose Nova and press always. Don't worry though you can always change it back at any time if you don't like it! When it asks you what you want to use a message similar to this will pop up:

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One of the options will be Nova. Select it and then always. Remember we can change it at a later time if you want!

Take a few moments and swipe through the pages and see how it is. Do you like it? If so, good! You will notice when you swipe between screens it is different from before. It should look like this:

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If you don't like it, well maybe you will like another launcher, or perhaps you want to go back to what you had before? Simply go back to the Play Store, search for Nova Launcher, and uninstall it. It's that easy!

Now lets take a look into the settings of Nova and see what we can change!

Press your menu button and get into Nova Settings. Here is what it should look like:

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The very first option is Desktop. Tap that to get into the desktop settings. The first option is Desktop Grid. Here is where you can change how many columns and rows will be on your desktop. Go ahead, change it and see if you like it!

Once you have found settings you like go ahead and press OK.

You will see some other settings in there as well. Feel free to try them out!

Next on that same screen you should find the option Home Screen. Tap on it and let's see what it does! All of your home screens will appear and you can move them around and arrange them as you like.

Once you have configured your desktop as you like it, go back to the main settings page in Nova. Now tap Drawer. Here is where you can configure all of your settings for your app drawer! The grid function works just the same as how it does for your desktop, so feel free to configure it however you want it!

You can also change the scroll animations from this page as well, as you can on the Desktop settings too! Feel free to change it, or even if you want more features you can buy Nova Launcher Prime! With Prime you can have many more scroll transitions, among many other options!

Now go back to your main options page. From there choose Dock.

In the Dock settings, these options will change the very bottom row of icons on your home screen, also known as your dock. Let's take a look at what some of them do!

You can see that you can change just about every aspect of your dock to your own liking. For example you can tap Dock Pages or Dock Icons to change the number of pages you can swipe left and right to and how many icons will be on either page! Try it out, change them to whatever you like and test it out!

You can even change the size of the dock icons, among all the other options there!

Now click on Look and feel.

from this menu you can change your icon themes! Icons can be themed to change color, shape, just about anything! One of my favorite icon packs, called DCikonz, can be found here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.czarnomorski.theme.dcikonz. Download that, and go back into settings and then to Look and feel.

From there, choose Icon Theme. You will see that your now have the theme you just downloaded, select it and press okay. It may take a few seconds for it to load, but go back to your home screen and look at them! If you like them great! If not, feel free to search in the Play Store for any other theme you may like! Or if you want to keep the default one, just select it back.

Whenever you are all done saving all of your settings don't forget to back them up! On the main settings page choose the Back up and import setting.

Tap back up, and it will ask you what you want to name your backup. Name it whatever you want!

Click okay, and you now have all of your settings saved! Nice!

Let's say you decide you don't want to have Nova installed anymore, but you want to keep your settings just in case you want them for the future. If you install Nova again, you can just go to Backup and Import and your settings will still be there!

Feel free to change any of these settings at any time! You now know the basics of how to customize your launcher! Good work!

snodrog742

Early Upgrades!

Overview

Approximately 250,000 customers will receive a promotional offer to upgrade early, without using rewards points. This will give loyal customers a special early upgrade offer as we introduce new iconic devices.

Event Date

Customers will receive a communication on November 8th.

This early-upgrade offer will be valid through 12/31/13.

Targeted Customers

1. A targeted portion of out-of-contract, not-upgrade-eligible postpaid consumers (single line and family plans) flagged as “high risk to churn” who are at least 6 months into their equipment timer

2. All out-of-contract, not-upgrade-eligible Auto Pay customers who are at least 6 months into their upgrade timer.

Sorry I didn't get this out sooner but it sounds like customers (including myself) have gotten this promotion sent to them already. US Cellular is offering these upgrades to quite a few of their loyal customers! Really not much else to say. Here's the email I received:

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Keep in mind at the very bottom it does say new 2 year agreement is required. There will also be a $35 activation fee. However, looks like both of our lines are eligible if I read correctly and we still each had 11 months left to fulfill. I'll take the agreement and activation fee (maybe?) if they'll let me upgrade 11 months early and use no points. Now, just to decide what I want to upgrade to.

What do you all think? Have you received this offer? Do you plan on taking advantage of it? Tell us below!

iR1O

After weeks of rumors about the specs, price, and release date of the upcoming Nexus 5, it appears that Google's new Nexus Android smartphone is being listed on the Google Play store.

The device appears next to the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 along with the caption "Capture the everyday and the epic in fresh new ways." Google lists the price as "starting at $349." However, when the link to the smartphone is clicked on -- the new page doesn't load. And not long after the phone appeared, it was replaced by the older Nexus 4 again.

Rumors have been flying the past few weeks about what Google has in mind for the Nexus 5. Supposedly, the device will run Android 4.4 KitKat and be revealed in the coming weeks. The smartphone has been said to cost anywhere from $299 to $399 for the 16GB and $449 for the 32GB. Just last week, the first third-party cases for the device were spotted on Google+.

While Google has stayed mum about the official release of the Nexus 5, it appears that such a device is most likely on the way.

Accessory makers are eager to get in on the action. Several Nexus 5 cases are on sale at Amazon, with the retailer saying they'll arrive in stock on October 30, October 31, including November 2.

See below for some images of the products.

Source: CNET

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A white Ringke Slim case for the Google Nexus 5 phone, on sale at Amazon.

(Credit: Amazon.com)

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This purported SoftGel Flexible case from i-Blason and for Nexus 5 phones appeared for sale on Amazon.

(Credit: Amazon.com)

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Amazon is selling this Ringke Fusion case for the purported Google Nexus 5 phone.

(Credit: Amazon.com)

McDaddy Tree

If you haven't heard of DEAD TRIGGER or of it's developer MADFINGER Games you're in for a treat. If you're into FPS games especially if you dig zombie games then you're really in for a good time. I'd suggest going ahead and downloading this amazing and free game (WARNING: IAP are there but not required). It's easy enough to use with the on screen buttons but with my MOGA Pro controller it is only better although using the main launch screen still requires touching the screen to move around but I'm ok with that as the game play uses the MOGA to it's fullest.

The game play is smooth and has a good story line to it. In essence you start in a city in despair. You have to go on missions to collect supplies, maintain a position and hold of hordes and also to find survivors in order to gain money and points. The more you level up the more weapons and add-ons you can get. Also the more you level up the more you can upgrade your weapons. Every day you start the game you are welcomed with a daily reward of some free chips and even gold sometimes to use and win some extra goodies. Besides the must do main quests there are other side missions there is an arena to test how long and how many points you can gain in an endless onslaught of the undead. A nice addition is the ability to have your game play saved online so you can download it to any device and continue where you left of which not many games do.

Overall I have been thoroughly enjoying this game. There's just nothing like destroying an endless bevy of walkers with a plethora of style of weapons to choose from whether it's a pistol, shotgun, machine gun or even the classic chainsaw or even a special alien gun for blasting the zeds away. Even without a controller this game is fun so if you have some free time to kill and some space left on your device go give this fun game a go.

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snodrog742

blog-0724951001381870609.jpgWell, here's some exclusive news being reported to us at Team US Cellular. This news is pretty staggering and is supposedly the reason behind the such drastic changes in cellular reception and network degradation that EVERYONE and their dog has probably noticed. If you haven't, then consider yourself lucky.

Very few details are really available as many employees have yet to even hear this from what we gather. All we know is that some techs have been told that the Samsung Galaxy S III is causing more serious network issues than anyone knows. We all know the S3 had it's share of personal reception issues that Samsung and US Cellular did acknowledge for the most part. The question is, did this "fix" truly fix reception or cause even more issues related to the network infrastructure. Again, very few details other than "if this device or multiple S3 devices connected it will appear there is a network issue for the customers." We have also heard this referenced as the "phone of doom."

According to one source, Samsung has acknowledged this issue and owning up to it. No idea if this could be spread to other Samsung devices or not as of yet. This same source did say there could be some options coming available for early upgrades as well as $100 credits towards a Samsung Galaxy S4, Note 2, or Motorola X even to assist in getting this device removed from the network and get the stability back and reception to where it used to be. I do hope this is actually the culprit and US Cellular can get this corrected swiftly and back on top with reception!

So, what do you think? Could this one device be blamed for the entire network collapse? Would you ditch your S3 if they gave you credit to upgrade? Let's hear thoughts below!

snodrog742

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Picture says it all. Sort of.

We do know that this Shared Data launch was already delayed once due to updates needing installed and stability concerns. Original launch was scheduled for the weekend of September 28th. It was delayed one week until October 6th (tomorrow). Once again, US Cellular is citing stability concerns and wanting to be sure this rollout is smooth. In my opinion, KUDOS to them. Maybe they are finally understanding to not rush things and focus on customer experience rather than rush the launch and have even more issues. This is what I like to see happening instead of just no concern for the customer. There is no word on when this will be launched now but it sounds like they will NOT launch until absolutely sure that the system can and will handle the load. On top of this, it is also being reported that Apple is delaying our iPhone's until Shared data is in place. Unsure of the details there but it sounds like this delay is affecting that phone release.

What do you think? Are you happy they're waiting so they have no/less issues? Are you waiting to switch to shared data? Share below!

dBuster

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A recent trip to the Zoo with the family made me think of this. Since I we live in a small city that meant a road trip with the family to go to one. While on the road oh a good hour plus away from home I asked the wife “Did you bring the Digital Camera?” You know what her reply was? “No, because you are always telling me the cameras are better on our phones”.

With us leaving the Digital camera home this family vacation/road trip, if you want to call it one of those, made me begin to think “Has the digital camera gone the way of the junk drawer at home?!”

The cameras on most smart phones are generally a higher resolution than most cameras people own, unless you go get a new camera right after getting your fancy Samsung Galaxy S4, your S4 will probably take better if not the same photos. Combine that with the fact a vast majority of the general public are now carrying cell phones of some type or another and the saturation of “Smart Phones” is so great that to me it doesn’t make sense to carry a second device. Not only that with technology and cloud storage you can have photos uploaded automatically to a safe storage location right from your phone, and in most cases right after taking the photo. Some may be reading this and saying that you can do the same thing with some newer cameras, ones that have social media sharing and cloud uploading built in, again go get that new digital camera after getting your S4?

For most of us who already own a decent digital camera, in order to obtain that same uploading ability, we would have to first own a camera that accepts SD cards, for example our old Sony 7 mega pixel camera does not. Then having that SD card slot you could go get one of those SD cards that has the Wi-Fi built in and at best you would need to be near a pre-setup hotspot in order to upload (you configure the card using your home computer prior to use in your camera). If you haven’t heard of the company, Eye-Fi they have some interesting reading/new technology (or old depending on when you learned about it) there that sounds like it boosts your whole experience. Is it worth it?

Back to the title, are digital cameras a thing of the past? I would say in some situations yes. The newer higher end Digital SLR (Single Lens Reflex) cameras are quite impressive! But can also be quite expensive. But for the average user, the camera on your cell phone will work to replace another electronic device! Now funny I say that as while we were at the Zoo I was witness to a family where the wife was snapping photos away on her iPhone, the husband had his digital camera, an older model from the looks of it, and then he pulled out his flip phone and started to snap some pictures. I guess to get a different aspect or photo of each scene? Personally, one of their phones would have worked to capture the moment and I am going to say the iPhone with the better camera I am sure than the flip phone. But they chose to not let their digital camera go by the way of the junk drawer.

I can go ahead and say that with the wife and I each having our respective cell phones, with her having a Galaxy S4 and me an Electrify M, we did not experience the need to keep passing a camera back and forth to capture a photo or “the moment”. We also were able to capture the same scene with different aspects/angles. It was also nice being able to capture those special moments without having to interrupt the wife and get the camera from her.

Another reason for the digital camera to possibly go to the forever storage of the junk drawer, we have our phones setup to upload to Dropbox and have shared folders to where we can see each other’s photos which makes sharing all that much more easier. With your cell phone, okay at least smart phones (Android, iPhone, BlackBerry – if all of those could be considered smart phones) you can be out capturing photos and think to yourself, I want a printed copy! You can send your images directly to several 1 hour photo locations and have the photos ready for you to pickup before you even get home!

For us, has the digital camera gone to the Junk drawer, I would say yes. By the way has anyone seen our spare battery for the digital camera or the charger for it for that matter?!

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McDaddy Tree

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Those who are accustomed to modding and trying out ROMs on their devices may be familiar with Xposed Framework but for those who aren't this is a definite app that you should check out. By itself it does nothing but with some of the modules it changes everything. If you've used it before make sure to click the link above to get the newest APK as it's an all in one app now that makes using Xposed much easier as everything is right there for you. As you can see in the photo above this is what now shows up when you first open the app. From here you can open up right into framework and install or update if this is the first time you've used the app or if there is indeed an update.

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If this is your first time (or if you've updated) you will have to reboot and once you do you can pull up the modules tab. Here is where you can check to use any of the modules you've installed. Once checked you will need to reboot again to enact the module with Xposed. Some of the modules you will be able to click on the description in Xposed and if there's a user interface built in to that module/app (which some do not have) then it will bring you directly there where you can then start choosing what mods you want. Some mods will require a reboot per setting change (as in Nottach's Xposed app) while others will only require the initial reboot once you've checked the app.

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Another nice addition rovo98 has added to Xposed is a download section where you can easily find modules for your device. This will also show if there's an update to the framework app itself (not just the framework's app_process and XposedBridge.jar files but the app itself) or even if an update is available to one of the modules you're currently using (if supported). Also it will show you what modules that developers have allowed to be downloaded/updated by Xposed are currently installed because as you can see I have a few more installed than are showing on the downloads page. There are a slew that show available to download (it's showing me with an additional 55 modules I can download). So there's definitely not a lack of choices of what you can do. There are some that are device specific but some of the options may work on any device.

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As always folks backup backup backup (in recovery) before doing any modifications because you never know what may "break" things and make your device somewhat to completely unusable. When you initially install the framework a disable zip is also downloaded to your files so you can also just flash that to completely disable Xposed. So as I have done just go in small steps enabling and modding so you can know what is breaking things and you can simply just not use that tweak. So for all you modders and tweakers out there check it out and enjoy even on stock ROMs as I have done because you don't have to use your device as the OEM's say you should.

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iR1O

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Apple hyped its new Touch ID fingerprint scanning security system as a "convenient and highly secure way to access your phone," but if a new report is accurate, the system may not be as secure as the company claims. Hackers from the Chaos Computer Club claim to have successfully bypassed Touch ID "using easy everyday means."

"In reality, Apple's sensor has just a higher resolution compared to the sensors so far," a hacker nicknamed Starbug said. "So we only needed to ramp up the resolution of our fake."

While the hackers claim the method is easy, it's complicated enough that most iPhone 5S users aren't as likely to have their security compromised by an everyday thief who would have to be willing to obtain a high-resolution photograph of a fingerprint and produce a physical fake. (It's also not nearly as easy to bypass Touch ID with this method as, say, fooling Android's Face Unlock feature with a simple photo of a person). But the method's relative simplicity, which involves photographing a fingerprint left behind on a surface and then creating a glue model of it, calls the sophistication of Touch ID's technology into question. Before Touch ID was officially announced, Wired's Bruce Schneier noted that fingerprint readers have long faced vulnerabilities, and that the simplest readers can be fooled with a good photocopy.

While getting fooled by a fake glue finger isn't great for Touch ID, it's not the most serious security concern facing the system. On Friday, Senator Al Franken said that the system "raises substantial privacy questions," and wrote a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cookrequesting more details about Touch ID. Critics are concerned that a user's fingerprints may be accessible to hackers or other bad actors — something Apple says is virtually impossible, since Touch ID is said to only locally store a mathematical representation of a user's fingerprint.

The CCC says that the bypass has been demonstrated in a video, which can be seen below.

Source: TheVerge

What say you, TUSCC members? Will the TouchID in the iPhone 5S be a total belly flop?

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iR1O

Good news for those U.S. Cellular customers out there interested in the new Samsung Galaxy Mega.

They have announced today that the 6.3-inch toting monster will be available for purchase online tomorrow the 17th for a retail price tag of $149.99 with an instant rebate. If you are too impatient to order online and wait for shipping you can hold out two more days and head into the store on the 19th and pick one up then.

As a refresher, the Samsung Galaxy Mega is the latest phablet device to come from Samsung. It sport a HUGE 6.3-inch screen, dual-core 1.7 GHz processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, 8 MP rear shooter and a 1.9 MP front facer. On the software side of things the Mega is running Android 4.2 and feature many of the same software perks as the Samsung Galaxy S4. Such as Air View, Multi-window and Watch-on. You won’t have much of a color choice as they will be launching the device in a standard Nova Black color.

Any TUSCC members out there thinking about Samsung Galaxy Mega as their next device?

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Press Release below:

U.S. CELLULAR BEGINS SAMSUNG GALAXY MEGA SALES THIS WEEK

The device brings 4G LTE speeds and will be available online Sept. 17 and in stores Sept. 19

CHICAGO (Sept. 16, 2013) – U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM) has announced availability of the Samsung Galaxy Mega™ beginning online on Sept. 17 and in stores Sept. 19. The 6.3-inch device provides customers with the best of a tablet and a smartphone in one handset, and will be $149.99 with an instant rebate.

As more U.S. Cellular customers experience 4G LTE speeds in their communities in 2013, the carrier continues to expand its 4G LTE device line-up. The Galaxy Mega is an ideal addition for consumers who want to experience smartphone portability with the immersive experience of a tablet. Customers who purchase the Galaxy Mega from U.S. Cellular also receive a valuable rewards program that recognizes customer loyalty.

“The needs of wireless users are always evolving and more people are looking for that all-in-one device to help them be more productive and to make their lives easier,” said Joe Settimi, vice president of products, pricing and innovation for U.S. Cellular. “At U.S. Cellular, we want to provide a better wireless experience, and the Galaxy Mega gives customers another option when choosing the best device to fit their needs.”

The Galaxy Mega from U.S. Cellular is available in Nova Black and is powered by a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor and 1.5 GB of internal RAM. Its HD Super Clear LCD display brilliantly showcases photos, movies, games and presentations. It runs Android™ 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) and has many of the features of the Samsung Galaxy S® 4, including Air View™, Multi-Window, WatchOn™ and Easy Mode.

U.S. Cellular, in partnership with King Street Wireless, currently offers 4G LTE service covering 61 percent of its customers. By the end of this year, nearly 90 percent of U.S. Cellular customers will have access to 4G LTE speeds. For more information about the 4G LTE experience, visit uscellular.com/4G.

Purchase of a smartphone data plan, a new two-year agreement and a $35 activation fee is required. Additional terms, conditions and/or charges may apply. See uscellular.com for details.

4G LTE not available in all areas. See uscellular.com/4G for detailed coverage info. 4G LTE service is provided in partnership with King Street Wireless. LTE is a trademark of ETSI.

Samsung, Galaxy, Galaxy Mega, Galaxy S, WatchOn and Air View are all trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

About King Street Wireless, L.P.

King Street Wireless, L.P. currently holds 700 MHz wireless spectrum in 27 states and is partnering with Chicago-based U.S. Cellular to deliver high-speed 4G LTE service to U.S. Cellular’s customers in several of the carrier’s markets. King Street Wireless is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia where it is recognized for its involvement in its community both through its economic development and philanthropic efforts. To learn more about King Street Wireless, visit www.kingstreetwireless.com.

About Samsung Telecommunications America

Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, (Samsung Mobile) a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets, wireless infrastructure and other telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of televisions, smartphones, personal computers, printers, cameras, home appliances, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 236,000 people across 79 countries with annual sales of US$187.8 billion. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.

About U.S. Cellular

U.S. Cellular rewards its customers with unmatched benefits and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier has a strong line-up of cutting-edge devices that are all backed by its high-speed network that has the highest call quality of any national carrier. Currently, 61 percent of customers have access to 4G LTE speeds and nearly 90 percent will have access by the end of 2013. U.S. Cellular was named a J.D. Power and Associates Customer Service Champion in 2012 for the second year in a row. To learn more about U.S. Cellular, visit one of its retail stores or uscellular.com. To get the latest news, promos and videos, connect with U.S. Cellular on Facebook.com/uscellular, Twitter.com/uscellular and YouTube.com/uscellularcorp.

Source: AndroidSpin

blueandigo

Sprint is continuing to notify customers it acquired through the May 2013 transaction with U.S. Cellular that it plans to begin shutting down affected portions of the U.S. Cellular network. The shutdown will take effect for the St. Louis metropolitan area, including parts of Missouri and Illinois, on Oct. 31.

Shutting down the affected portions of the U.S. Cellular network will allow Sprint to reuse the wireless spectrum to enhance service on its Nationwide Sprint Network. Service for affected customers will be interrupted if they do not move their service to Sprint or another carrier before the change.

Sprint began sending letters to affected customers in June to notify them of the company’s plans. To avoid an interruption of their wireless service, affected customers in the St. Louis area need to move their service to Sprint or another carrier before the network is shut down on Oct. 31.

Customers can move, or “port,” their existing U.S. Cellular phone number to Sprint or another carrier if they contact Sprint or the new carrier and make the request before the shutdown. Sprint has previously informed affected U.S. Cellular customers that their existing devices will not work on the Sprint network.

Exclusive offers are available from Sprint to allow U.S. Cellular customers to move their service and receive a new device for the Sprint network, including options available at little or no cost. Similar offers to U.S. Cellular prepaid customers also are available on Boost Mobile.

Affected customers are encouraged to visit their local Sprint store, go to sprint.com/uscellular or call 800-216-7023.

http://newsroom.sprint.com/news-releases/sprint-on-schedule-to-shut-down-portion-of-former-us-cellular-network-on-oct-31.htm

snodrog742

Hello USCCers! Just got some interesting info on the tip line for all you Apple fans out there. It seems US Cellular will be getting the 2 newest versions of the iPhone, the 5S and the 5C! Let's take a look below at these versions:

5S

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  • 4" screen
  • 8 MP camera rear facing, 1.2 MP front facing
  • Dual core 1.3 MHz
  • Apple A7 with 64 bit architecture

5C

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  • Colors - white, blue, green, yellow and red
  • 4" screen
  • 8 MP camera rear facing, 1.2 MP front facing
  • Dual core 1.3 MHz
  • Apple A6

These are being reported as the only two versions US Cellular will be receiving. How do you feel about these two offerings? It is also rumored that iPhone's will be allowed on Prepaid plans as well. No details on pricing or release dates yet. Keep an eye on this story as we will update as details come in!

As promised, we have new news! All of this is expected to be released on November 8th! There will be no preorders accepted and there have been rumors of shortage in supply. US Cellular is still betting on this device and for the sake of the company and future, WE truly hope this does work for them. Are you all still excited? Glad to know a final release date?

snodrog742

Well, not only did we just hear them announced but we can now officially start with prices! Thanks to our anonymous sources, here we go!

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Here it is! And by my quick comparisons, EXACTLY like Verizon. However, it looked like Verizon only let me add 5 devices to a shared plan.

Also, there are new Reward Points over on Verizon. As the screenshot says - ALL plans include Unlimited Voice and Texts now too.

:)

Here's the MRC's (monthly recurring charge) I talked about:

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You MUST add at least one device to have a Shared Plan. I reported wrong earlier thinking this meant you needed to add an extra device. Instead, this was the most redundant line I have EVER seen in a US Cellular document. Of course you have to add a device to have a plan. Thanks for the reminder USCC!

And finally....

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Shared Data Only! You can take advantage of these prices on your hot spots, tablets, and modems with no need for a voice plan. This actually looks very tempting for an internet option if you only use it once and awhile or on the go. I like it but who am I to say.

What do you think? It seems like sources were correct with it looking exactly like Verizon. However, I still enjoy that we can add 10 devices now. Also, the reward points. I know many are losing faith in that but I think US Cellular is working to find rewards that will ACTUALLY be used - including the option to now use points as partial credits. Anyways, will you switch to any of these? Let's hear it!

snodrog742

blog-0523829001376167141.jpgIt appears US Cellular has finally made it through the TOPS conversion process. There has been much debate on how well it went, how things could have gone better, and even if it was the right decision. I think most can agree on one thing - the biggest headache of it all is over! Bills are being generated and sent out and accounts are able to be accessed and helped much more now. Moving on, it looks like US Cellular is starting a promotion entitled:

Summer Blowout Sale!

Here's a bit of what we know:

  • Deal Days Sale on select devices - truthfully, no idea here. We've asked multiple sources and cannot find a THING. We just got told this is things such as accessories for S3's and other End Of Life devices!
  • $75 switcher bonus for new customers picking up the Electrify M or Moto X when it's available
  • LG F7 is still BOGO for New and Current customers
  • Shared Data is coming as we already know
  • Blowout Sale Rewards Promotion - This one is my favorite! Early upgrades back to 1,000 points/month (still max of 4 months) and you can get partial discounts on accessories at 1,000 points for $5, rather than all-or-nothing. Also, spend 7,000 points and your activation fee is waived! Our sources did say there were a few other things in this category but working from memory and couldn't recall. Those were plenty for me!
  • Hotspots and modems are now BOGO!

Things ending or extended:

  • Unlimited 4G plan - ending being sold 8/11
  • Unlimited Voice & Messaging - will end when Shared Data plans are introduced
  • $100 trade in guarantee - extended
  • As we all know, Motorola Electrify M's are in short supply. BOGO still continues or can substitute Electrify 2 it appears.

All of these promotions don't seem too shabby if you ask us. It seems that US Cellular is offering more or the same promotions to new and current customers which is excellent! What do you all think? Do any of these promotions interest you? How about early upgrades going back to 1,000 points/month? Let's hear your thoughts!

[EXTRA INFO ADDED 8/10 8:21 PM]

iR1O

We Have 2 (Count 'Em) TWO Birthdays Today!

Stalk their profiles, wish them a happy birthday, or just creep untill it's inappropriate...either way:

and

Both are 23 years old today - making the spankings a WHOLE lot easier this time around.

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From us here at TUSCC:

Happy Birthday, hope you have a good day, stay safe, and try not to die!

(Betty White quote - dont judge)

(First 20 birthday wishes get 50 points!)

Source: Happy Birthday ptaylor09 and InsaneReaper01!!

snodrog742

blog-0926650001375551005.pngWell, US Cellular is finally catching up to the rest of the world but could it be too late? After TOPS conversion fiasco that still plagues many and support or in store lines that are taking hours to be helped - things are not looking bright in many aspects for US Cellular. Regardless, they are still pushing forward and officially announced Shared Data on their earnings call. Here's what a tip has told us:

Launch Date

Roughly the third week in September. This coincides with the iPhone launch time as well

Availability

Current customers will still have the option to keep grandfathered plan or choose to switch as usual. New customers MUST choose a shared data plan unless it is adding a line to a grandfathered plan.

There will also be a feature phone only plan with a limited amount of minutes but the rest appear to be shared data plans.

Features/Benefits

  • Unlimited talk and messaging
  • Tethering included
  • Will earn Belief Points (yay! -_-)
  • Can connect up to 10 devices per plan

Price

Exactly like Verizon is what we're being told. I don't have specific comparisons but personally, I've checked Verizon prices and would easily pay $75 more right now.

Who's going to choose US Cellular over Verizon if prices are exact same but can get larger phone selection and faster data speeds?

That's all we've got for now. Ready for the debate below but things just aren't making sense with US Cellular right now. Will you be staying or will you even still be recommending US Cellular? I definitely need more info on these prices to answer those questions!

DClark

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The highly anticipated Moto X is the first flagship smartphone from Motorola since Google purchased the handset maker in 2012. The device was unveiled today, August 1, 2013, at an event in New York City. Most of the leaks and rumors flowing through the interwebs in the past two weeks were found to be true, especially the ability to customize the device.

The specs are on par with most flagships of 2012 and midrange 2013 devices. It is no mobile monster, but instead it is a quick and nimble device targeted to the average user who is looking for the advanced abilities that the Moto X flaunts. Motorola will push its new device hard, being sold on five different wireless providers (Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T and the fifth (while not officially being announced) will be US Cellular) in addition to an unlocked version.

Now that you’ve heard the boring details, let’s get into specs! The 65.3 x 129.3mm phone running the latest version of Android, 4.2.2, will sport a 4.7 inch AMOLED (RGB) 720 HD screen. The processor is a 1.7 GHz dual-core CPU similar to that of last year’s Snapdragon S4 Plus and 400 chips. The difference between this processor and last year’s is the GPU mated to it. The dual core will be paired with the Adreno 320 GPU, the same one from the S4 and One, for spectacular viewing experience. Multitasking shouldn't be a problem either with the 2GB of ram

The processor should sip on the internal non-removable 2200 mAh battery, which Motorola claims 13 hours of talk time, and 24 hours of mixed usage. The rear shooter is a stout 10MP “Clear Pixel” with flash that can shoot 1080p at 30 FPS. The front has another camera coming in at 2MP which shall also be able to shoot 1080P.

The phone comes in two options for storage, 16GB and 32GB. The 16GB version will be $199.99 while the 32GB should come in right around $249.99. The phone also comes with 2 years of 50GB Google Drive storage to make up for the lack of a MicroSD card. Bluetooth 4.0 LE and dual band capabilities WiFI are just a few more of the features this device has to offer. However, it appears that US Cellular opted for the 16 GB option only!

Overall it looks like a stout device for most people. Coming in at $124.99 on 2 year contract for new customers and $199.99 for upgrades it definitely will be a good buy for anyone looking for a powerful device in a nice package. Preorders are available today! Click Here

Launch date right around late August/early September and if timeline holds true as in other preorders, about 2 weeks from today!.

Let me know what you think of the device!

Will you be preordering?

snodrog742

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Can anyone guess this device? It's bigger than a Note 2 and definitely not the Samsung S4 Mini. Did you guess:

Samsung Galaxy Mega

We had a tip over the weekend that this device was showing up in the system before the blackout. It appears to be a GSM phone currently as well as on the AT&T network. There also appears to be two different sizes and storage options. This is what I could find, but keep in mind these are GSM specs:

  • 5.8" or 6.3" display
  • 8 GB/16 GB option
  • 8 MP rear camera, 1.9 MP front
  • Android 4.2.2
  • Dual Core, 1.7 GHz

Not much of a difference from the Note 2 other than screen real estate and the S4 actually beats it on specs other than screen size. Our opinion is that they should pass on this device and save the money for that Moto X Phone or something nicer closer to Christmas time. This device just does not offer any advantage over what they currently offer.

What do you think? Do you even believe in this tip? Would you purchase it or just opt for the S4? Let us know below!

snodrog742

blog-0200171001374197128.jpgFinally! US Cellular has finally told it's stores when this phone will be released.

To recap, here's what we know:

Specs:

  • 4.7-inch 720 x 1280 pixel display of unknown kind
  • 1.7GHz dual-core MSM8960 Pro (an updated Snapdragon S4 Plus with an Adreno 320 GPU)
  • 2GB of RAM (possibly subject to customization)
  • 16GB of storage (subject to customization)
  • 10MP rear camera
  • 2MP front camera
  • 4G LTE (possibly 4G LTE-A) connectivity, dual LTE (dLTE) Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) Smart Antenna
  • ‘Industry leading’ battery life (rumored 4,000 mAh)
  • ‘Pure’ Android, to support ‘fast upgrade cycles’

Sensors/Features:

  • Always On Microphone - meaning you say a keyword and your phone will automatically do that command. No button pressing and no application to open.
  • Camera twist - meaning all you need to do is twist your wrist a certain direction or motion and camera will open. No more searching for that button on the side or in app drawer.
  • Active Updates - From what we can find, there's no LED notification light. The screen actually turns on and shows you the exact notification so you know exactly what the alert is. This seems like a battery drainer as well as possibly security issue in general. This will definitely be an interesting "feature" to discover.
  • 20 different colors including wood (yes, like a tree) and aluminum. Unsure if these can be changed later on or even how US Cellular will accommodate this.

So, there you have it. An actual release date to salivate over even more. Rumored pricing is the usual $199 with upgrade. No word or guesses on unsubsidized pricing.

What do you think?

Is this all just another hyped phone?

Will you give this thing a try? I know I would if I had an upgrade ready!

RON427

blog-0513206001373283147.jpgOnce again our secret squirrels are blowing up the Tip Line with more news and information exclusive to Team U.S. Cellular members.

2 new updates coming out July 9th.

The first is for the Samsung Galaxy S4 which includes the Group Play tethering issue fix, second for the Kyocera Durapro.

What is addressed in this S4 Maintenance Release (MR)?

  • Google Wallet
  • Addressed Group Play issueo Will not require tethering package to use Group Play
  • E-Mail preview did not update after downloading
  • Update Synchronoss TEDC app (v1.3.0.8)o Address issue with USC tethering continuing after trial
  • Updated Wi-Fi Now application (v4.5.69)
  • Help application being updated to add: Camera / Motion / Airview

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Durapro

  • My Contacts Backup added (version 3.0 207)
  • ECONZ Timecard Application added (Version 2.3.11)
  • Open API solution for ringtones/MP3 download of non DRM protected content from o http://m.zedge.net/o
  • No side loading or Bluetooth option is supported.
  • Implemented FOTA requirements for future MR if needed
  • Device fails to attach picture from SD card via email client only from device memory

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Thanks to our AMAZING Tipsters for getting us this info!

RON427

U.S. Cellular Tweet Claims Windows Phone 8 Coming This Month

U.S. Cellular teased earlier this year that it was preparing to launch its first Windows Phone 8 device, but the carrier didn't have any availability details to share at that time. Now it seems that a tweet from one of U.S. Cellular's official Twitter accounts may have finally shed a bit more light on its WP8 plans. In response to a question about when U.S. Cellular would be releasing some Windows Phone 8 hardware, the @USCellularCares account said that it will be "getting a WP8 sometime this month."

In addition to staying quiet about its Windows Phone 8 release schedule, U.S. Cellular has remained tight-lipped about which WP8 product it will be offering. A recent leak may have ruined U.S. Cellular's surprise, though, as images of a USCC-branded Samsung ATIV Odyssey made their way online last month. While not quite official, we've seen U.S. Cellular launch hardware that was previously released on Verizon several times in the past, and so the ATIV Odyssey would make sense as a U.S. Cellular device. If USCC is indeed launching its WP8 device this month, it shouldn't be much longer before we get an official announcement.

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UPDATE:

Our sources have confirmed July 11, 2013 as the official release date for the Samsung ATIV Odyssey.

snodrog742

[uPDATE (7/18)] These changes are also delayed due to TOPS delay. Sources are saying the 25th now after TOPS fully implemented. Belief Plan customers will also be subjected to this forced contract and restocking fee.

The tip line has been buzzing like crazy the past few days. With the US Cellular blackout info as well as others offering a bit of other changes coming. Here's what we know which unfortunately, isn't a lot yet:

Autopay Discount

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Autopay discount is going away. From what were hearing this includes both the 3% and 5% discounts. While those usually are not much of a savings for many, any money the customer can save is usually appreciated. I guess US Cellular thinks it needs our accounts $6 savings more than we do.

Restocking fees

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If you return a device within 15 days for their "service guarantee" or whatever reason you will now be paying $35 for them to restock that device. Before, you could try the phone and just not like the feel or it might be too complex for you and could return it for free within 15 day trial period. Those days will be no more.

Contracts

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Yep, that ugly word. It's coming true again. We all know you need to sign a contract right now for their 4G unlimited promotional plans but soon this will once again be required for all postpay plans. The one and done contract was a GREAT concept on paper as well as setting themselves apart from the competition but the profit loss with those getting a brand new device and then terminating their account were astronomical from what we hear. Thus, US Cellular needs to take action to keep these losses from happening. Very unsure on what this means for current Belief Plan customers as our questions to our sources have gone unanswered. We will update as soon as we know more.

All of these changes keep being cited as "sometime in July or "mid-July." Our best guess here at Team US Cellular - immediately after the TOPS conversion happening this weekend. These changes are probably already programmed in and will start as soon as they can be accessed.

What do you think? Are they just going too far now? Are you still happy with the network even with all these changes? Let's hear your thoughts!

[uPDATE] July 19th these changes will be returning.