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snodrog742

blog-0635087001366522933.pngThe natives are angry again from what I'm hearing. Sounds like some Chicago customers received their letters today informing them of their options... or should I say, lack of options. Here's what I'm hearing:

  • US Cellular forcing you to redeem reward points. -- Kind of confused here? How are they forcing you?
  • Customers will not be able to redeem rewards points after the sale to Sprint.
     Customers will not be able to accrue additional rewards points after the sale to Sprint.
     Customers must redeem rewards points before the sale to Sprint is complete and their rewards balance will show as zero once the sale is complete.
     We encourage customers with rewards to redeem them as soon as possible.
  • No specials for transferring account to Sprint.
  •  Sprint is offering robust incentives to help U.S. Cellular customers make the transition.
  • NOT treated as new customer even. Meaning no discounted phones if I understand correctly
  • Customers who move their number(s) to Sprint can take advantage of new customer discounted pricing on handsets.
  • No comparable packages. I haven't checked this fully as I'm headed to bed but expect me to research this ASAP. ----- ​I agree here. The cheapest Family Plan with unlimited data is $149.99 even if you want less minutes. You could always go off contract but then you're phone options keep decreasing.
  • US Cellular phones cannot be transferred/unlocked to be used on Sprint network even for a short while.

This is just a short list that I received from a member located in Chicago. Anyone else received their letter? Anyone got a copy they could send us?

I know there's a discussion in the forum but what are you all doing now that you officially got your letters? Are you even more/less upset? Interested in all comments below.

(I will update this story as I do some research.)

snodrog742

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Hey there Jeremy! I want to thank you for your response! I want to sincerely apologize for any misunderstanding at this time. We are no longer offering $60 Unlimited Data plus tethering, however if you do reside in a USCC 4G area and you have or upgrade to a 4G device you can still take advantage of our $40.00 plan. Enrollment in this Unlimited $40.00 plan is available for a limited time! Don't forget that this will require a contract agreement for new and existing customers! To confirm 4G coverage click here http://bit.ly/11sPnDr I appreciate your patience as I clarified this information. I want to thank you again for referring your friends! ^Althena, USCC Social Team

Looks like US Cellular finally decided the tethering was too much. Wonder if it was straining the network already? Does this influence anyone here? Seems they stopped this pretty quietly from what I can find. Let us know what you think.

iR1O

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Galaxy S4 up for Preorder!

Sporting a price tag of $199 - With a 2 year agreement. Color choices include: White Frost or Black Mist

(Add $35 fee)

Quick (important) specs list:

  • 4G LTE Data Capability
  • Android™ 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 5" Full HD Super AMOLED™ Display
  • 1.9 GHz Quad Core Processor
  • 13 MP Camera with LED Flash and no shutter lag
  • 2 MP Front-facing Camera
  • Full HD 1080P Video Recording & Playback

Are you preordering now or waiting for a larger capacity version? Done with Samsung in general? Let's hear it!

arbliss

Customize your homescreen with Buzz Launcher's "Homepacks"!!

So I've been a Nova Launcher Prime user for a while now. It's been my favorite launcher for a while, and I didn't think I would ever change. That is until I found out about Buzz Launcher. I'm a big fan of customizing my homescreen with icon packs, wallpapers and UCCW widgets. I usually scroll through the forums daily looking for new UCCW widgets that I like (clocks/battery bars/weather/missed calls). People put a lot of time and energy to create them, and I truly appreciate. The hard part is when you find something you like, it can be difficult to figure out how to copy the setup you've found. That's where Buzz Launcher comes in.

Buzz Launcher is not just a regular launcher. It's main feature involves "Homepacks". Basically you install the launcher, then you can log in and view other's "Homepacks" that they've uploaded to the site. There are many categories to choose from, or you can choose "Hot" or "New". Once you've found a homepack that you like, you download it to your phone, and can instantly apply it. There will be placeholder widgets on the screen that when you click on will either load the widget, or link you to google play to tell you what needs to be downloaded. It makes the customization process very easy and smooth.

One thing that I've been unable to find that would be helpful is an option to extract just certain parts of someones homepack, such as a wallpaper or the icons. Although keep in mind this launcher is in beta currently (it's free :), and many more options are sure to come). Also you do not get full icon packs when you download someone's homepack, you get only the icons they've places on their homescreen(s), which makes sense because many icon creators would surely be upset if their paid icons were being distributed freely.

Buzz Launcher IMO is the best thing since sliced bread. There are people constantly uploading homepacks with very creative designs, which even if I don't use their full setup, can sometimes just give me ideas for my own. I used to change my homescreen layout once every day or two. Now thanks to Buzz Launcher, I'm changing it 4-5 times a day :) Not necessarily a good thing, but sure is fun! Check it out on the google play link posted below, and comment below to let me know what you think of it!

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.buzzpia.aqua.launcher

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-Adam Bliss

Team USC Blog Writer

Altoona, IA

Keep in mind the opinions I express in my articles are solely my own opinions, and not those of Teamuscellular.com!

RON427

Team U.S. Cellular Member cloudstrife7 has been chosen as one of the first 8000 people to be a Glass Explorer. He was kind enough to share this blog with us:

The other day I checked my Google Plus notifications and saw that I had a new comment from Google's Project Glass profile. I had forgotten that I entered Google's Glass Explorers competition in which your creativity might earn you a chance to purchase and test Google's new tech before anyone else.

A quick summary of the Glass device for those who are unfamiliar: Google Glass is the companies next step forward to make technology more easily integrated in our lives. The product is made up of a glasses frame with a small glass panel above the right eye, camera, microphone, and a touch panel on the frames. As you view the glass screen, you can use your voice or the touch panel on the side of the frames to have control Glass. The software is still being developed, but Google has demonstrated that you can do several things with Glass such as take a photo, record video, spoken and visual navigation via GPS, or translate text. The glasses have integrated wifi and bluetooth so that the glasses can communicate with your phone and do things such as live video chat to broadcast your voice and a video of what's happening infront of you. This is only the beginning and Google wants users and developers to start to work out the bugs and create new applications using this new device.

I knew in order to be one of the 8,000 chosen to be "Glass Explorers" and test the product my entry would have to be unique. I came to the conclusion that I would use it to show what it's like to be a stormtrooper in the 501st Legion.

Using the new device I planned to demonstrate the main three values of the Legion. First, I wanted to show that the Legion unites Star Wars fans with a creative common interest. All costumes are made by the fans and not store bought. Researching, building, and discussing costumes brings fans together as they all must meet strict film accurate guidelines.

Next, I would show how fans react when interacting with a movie character come to life from my perspective under the helmet. It's pretty powerful to and see the amazement in a child's face when you've came from another universe to shake his hand, or autograph their baseball.

Finally, I want to show how the 501st Legion contributes through the community. Legion members are all volunteers and no one is paid for their time in costume. Instead of payment, the Legion enthusiastically welcomes donations to a charitable organization in the name of the 501st. Members volunteer their time to make appearances at birthday parties, libraries, screenings and all in the name of charity and promoting interest in Star Wars.

To learn more about the 501st you can you can visit their website: HERE

My entry on Google Plus: HERE

Google's response: "Hi Zach, thanks for applying! We'd like to invite you to join our #glassexplorers program. We'll be sending you a private message with more details in the coming weeks -- keep an eye on our stream at Project Glass."

Below you'll see my post and Google's response:

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I'd like to say congrats to Zach and thanks for sharing this blog.

Read more from Zach's Blog

Follow Zach on Google+

Follow Zach on Twitter

snodrog742

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See those little black X's? Those would be the areas slated to receive 4G LTE this coming year. It seems US Cellular hasn't really announced this but quietly just put in on their
Coverage Locator map
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It also looks like their major focus in Nebraska and most of Iowa but that's open to interpretation I suppose. The map is a little hard to judge in my opinion and the X's disappear as you zoom out.

Anyways, at least there's a way to see if you'll get it in 2013! Maybe.... Not to cast doubt but we know Waves have been delayed before as well as there is really know "when in 2013" date listed here. Either way, are you excited? Will you be on the blazing fast 4G by the end of the year? Does this maybe give you a reason to get a 4G device next? Let us know!
iR1O

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Preorders for the Galaxy S IV start

April 16th!

The best part of this whole thing is that our version of the S4 passed the FCC before ANY other carrier.

Take that VZW - ATT - Tmobile!

We may not launch it first, but who knows? Still exciting!

--Check it out--

Recent FCC approvals:

http://www.phonescoop.com/phones/new.php?m=f

USC's SIV page:

http://www.uscellular.com/campaigns/index.html?id=m&page=coming-soon.html

Funny comments on how VZW sucks - because they didn't announce it first. - LOL:

http://www.androidcentral.com/galaxy-s4-preorders-start-us-cellular-april-16

iR1O

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Wish your phone would STOP sliding all over/slipping out of your pocket?

- BUT -

don't like the bulky cases?

I find myself in this boat very often. Whether I'm driving, at a theme park, out and about... You get the idea!

Whatever the case may be I always worry that my phone would fall out of my pocket without me noticing it. Given that the S3 is so smooth, it would be easy for it to go unnoticed, and I really dislike the rubber cases that triple the thickness...

So this is my solution:

Spray Plasti Dip on the back cover!

I decided to do a couple different colors - and I will try a few custom designs - THEN, not only will it have a sticky, durable back, it won't glide around so easily anymore. It stays where I set it down, the charging cable doesn't pull it off the night stand anymore, plus...it looks cool.

The process is simple.

1. Just clean the back of the phone with any ammonia free cleaner - Invisible glass in my case.

2. Buff it dry with any lint free towel (dont want threads in the final product)

3. Find a suitable spot to spray - a cardboard box should do the trick

4. Do 2-3 thick coats - and if you want the lettering to show allow the plastidip to dry between coats (10-15 min)

Process pictures:

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Here is my first attempt: - In the RED flavor

(click the "Show" button to see pics)

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Another perk is that, if you decide you want to change the color, don't want it anymore, or just want to try it...it peels RIGHT back off without damaging the cover in any way!

Here are some pictures showing the removal:

(Hit the "Show" button)

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I also did a cover in CLEAR just to see how it would work - Looks the same, with a little "matte" finish - but you get the stock look with the added grip!

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First Coat of CLEAR applied - hard to see, but it's there. lol

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Here you can see that the "shine" of the original back is going away - after it dries it will have a nice matte finish.

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So there ya have it folks!

A very simple, fool proof, CHEAP way to add a personal touch to your device - as well as keeping it where you put it.

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If you have any ideas, or suggestions for me - feel free to comment below!

Thanks for reading!

snodrog742

Promo 2A

blog-0782178001364351310.jpgNot much to really add to this but thought you all could benefit!

So here's a quick rundown of the new promo starting April 2nd. Sorry I don't have much device pricing information but will update later. I did see a tad of information stating that the S3 will be below $100 and Electrify M will stay below $100 also.

  1. $100 guaranteed trade in is back, applies to any iphone or andoid in working order
  2. Electrify M BOGO continues, same rules apply
  3. Buy any smartphone or tablet $29.99 or more and get a free hotspot/modem continues
  4. Note 10.1 tablet $100 off at $399.99 w/2 year contract + 2gb data or higher
  5. $40 unlimited data continues, $60 data w/tethering ENDS
  6. Higher feature phone prices continue, yes they are cheaper on prepaid....not cool
  7. Online offers for new and existing customers will be the same apparently
  8. Activation fee now $35 for all subsidized phones, not being waived except extreme cases now
  9. Promo unlimited voice and messaging continues
  10. Switcher discount continues
  11. No one cares but the One Touch Premieres data plan will be $10 rather than $15
  12. All the upgrade accelerator point increases in effect.

Source: Promo 2A

snodrog742

blog-0510812001363990410.pngAnd here we go again... I'll do my best to detail everything here. Some of this even current employees might not know yet!

Upgrade Fee

Now going up to $35 per device. Rumors are that this is being applied to online orders now as well but I cannot confirm that at this time.

Change Your Number

This used to be free if I remember correctly for the first change. After that there was a charge. Getting confirmation now that even the first change will now be $15.

Contracts

22 month contracts will be returning. The catch here is, it will only apply to the UNLIMITED plans. Granted, these plans are the best deals for most people at this time but not everybody decides they need unlimited. For me, choosing 1,000 minutes plan and earning the same amount of points as the $99 unlimited plan but staying out of contract is worth it.

These contracts will apply to new customers as well as any current customers upgrading to UNLIMITED plans. This will begin April 1st.

Auto Pay Discount

You know, that 5% discount they touted for just paying your bill online? Say bye-bye. Again, sort of.

Those who currently receive the auto pay discount are safe. Anyone who sets up the discount before April 1st, again, safe. So... if you've been holding out on setting up My Account and an auto pay but still want that discount - you better hurry!

These are just the latest changes that we've been informed of. Also hearing that April 15 will be the last day for many US Cellular agent locations in Chicago and markets that were sold off. Corporate locations then are set to close in July. Sad to see us losing these markets. What are your thoughts on this round of changes? We'd love to hear your thoughts/comments below!

snodrog742

blog-0135477001363741769.jpgYes, yes, you read right my furry (errr, awkward) little Windows Phone (WinPhan's?) enthusiasts! I believe I finally have something to wet your palates and settle the ravaging beast inside of you! I'm pretty sure this is actually my first story reporting anything Windows Phone related! On with the news... err, rumor.

This actually comes from a regular chap just like you and I. No employee tip, no insider info, but a pretty good gut feeling that they are correct. You all wanted a Windows Phone 8 device, right? Well, it sounds like you are FINALLY being heard! An employee was spotted sporting a Windows Phone 8 today in a store! Not many details other than the size was comparable to a Samsung Axiom and along the same specs they were told. Running with those specs I did some infamous "Googling" and can only speculate that it is the....

Samsung Odyssey

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  • 4.0" Super AMOLED Display
  • 1.5 GHz dual core processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 5 megapixel camera
  • 2100 mAh battery

All of those are pretty comparable to the Samsung Axiom but still a little better specs. As well as the obvious, Windows OS!

What do you think? Is this Windows Phone 8 enough for you or were you expecting a higher end device? Will you give it a try or stick with Android? Let us know your thoughts below!

snodrog742

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How many are scared just by the title? *raises hand*

I come before you tonight with some drastic changes set to begin April 1, 2013. From our trusty sources we bring you some pretty shocking news that I even wish I didn't have to report. How many of you save your points solely for upgrade accelerators because nothing else seems worth it? *raises hand* How many of you use a whole load of those points, like maybe 9,000-10,000 to bump that upgrade date quite a few months? *raises hand* How many of you are ready to NOT be able to do that anymore? *raises .... * Wait, WHAT!?!?!?

New rule: Limit of 4 months ONLY can you points to accelerate!

To recap that saga. Default upgrade timer used to be 18 months and US Cellular raised it to 22 months citing, plans received more points now so they can just use upgrade accelerators. Now, it is still 22 months timer, you can use upgrade accelerators but only 4 of them which now only gets you back to 18 months like it was in the beginning and we can't use any more points to go less than 18 months.

*Off the head thought, maybe you can only use 4 months per redeem time. Meaning, redeem 4 months, wait 3 months, then redeem 4 more months. Make sense to anyone?*

Official announcement inside My Account: Important Information: Changes to the Rewards Program beginning on April 15.

Beginning 4/15/13, the Device Upgrade Accelerator will increase to 1,750 points per month and allow up to 4 months of upgrading early per eligible line. Scroll down to the Device & Rewards section below to check your Reward points balance and see when each of your lines is eligible

If not, how many have realized this just pushed that S4 out of your upgrade window?

So, who's ready to kill the messenger yet? You? Curly hair over there? Angry wife clear in the other room that you're reading this to? Yea... not my fault. I just report it. Guess what!?!? I still have more news but I will not continue until all assault weapons and angry wives/husbands are locked away. Thank you.

Now... the sarcasm2.pngBETTERsarcasm2.png news. Who enjoyed when upgrade accelerators only cost 1,000 points per month? *shoots hand up* Who liked when it went up to 1,300 points per month? *cricket, cricket* Who is going to be ECSTATIC when it goes up to 1,750 per month to upgrade? *ducks into bomb shelter*

I wish I could even say this is an early April Fool's joke. Seriously. As I said, this is all slated to begin April 1, 2013! I don't even have any positive points to this to be quite honest. Let us know your thoughts below. As always, we'll report more details as we receive them.

3/18/13 - Added official statements

arbliss

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App Review - Greenify *ROOT*

First off, thanks to Team Us Cellular Moderator BornX for finding this app. Once I heard about it, I thought it sounded like an interesting idea, so I checked it out.

Have you ever had apps running in the background, using your data and system resources? I'm sure you have. As I'm strongly against task killers, this seemed like a good idea. Basically you have the option to "Hibernate" apps that you're not using (Facebook, Maps, Games), so that they are not using up your ram or data. "Hibernating" them is different from "freezing" them in one very important way. You do not have to un-hibernate them, once you open your "hibernated" app or bring it to the foreground, it works like normal. There is no freezing/unfreezing with TiBu or any other app.

I have used it for a couple weeks now. I haven't noticed a huge increase in battery life, but I have noticed my ram is a lot clearer. The apps will still stay in your memory cache until the screen turns off for a while. This is a good thing. I hate task killers as they kill the apps, which frequently restart themselves, thus using more battery. But with the hibernate mode, they stay in your memory until the screen turns off for a short time. Thus I would recommend not hibernating apps that you are using very frequently. Also keep in mind that the background services for the hibernated app will not work(alarms, push messages, widget updates, etc...). But for me it works great for apps like facebook, which I use maybe once a day.

If you haven't had a chance to check it out, see the below download link. Check it out and comment below with how it's working for you!

Download: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.oasisfeng.greenify&hl=en

Screenshots:

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-Adam Bliss

Teamuscellular.com Member/Blogger/Android Enthusiast

USC Galaxy S3 rooted running Baked Blackbean 8

snodrog742

Samsung Galaxy S4!

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U.S. Cellular ‏@USCellular

The new @SamsungMobileUS Galaxy S 4 is coming to USCC! Stay tuned for details and presale info. Check it out: http://bit.ly/XBqc68

Woohooo! In case you haven't heard yet, we're getting it. Here's the even better part... it's ALREADY IN TESTING! Yep, that's right. Multiple sources told me today that field techs have already been carrying this device before officially even announced by Samsung! That's amazing news and just means we will see it even sooner. Rumor is Late April/early May but that seems early to us. We pinpoint more around June, like the Samsung Galaxy S III. We'll update you if we hear anything different. Any guesses on price?

Here's the specs straight from Samsung:

Network

2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz

3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz

4G (LTE Cat 3 100/50Mbps) : up to 6 different band sets(Dependent on market)

Display

5 inch Full HD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080) display, 441 ppi

AP

1.9 GHz Quad-Core Processor / 1.6 GHz Octa-Core Processor

The selection of AP will be differed by markets.

OS

Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

Camera

Main(Rear): 13 Mega pixel Auto Focus camera with Flash & Zero Shutter Lag, BIS

Sub (Front): 2 Mega pixel camera, Full HD recording @30fps with Zero Shutter Lag, BIS

Video

Codec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, DivX, DivX3.11, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson Spark, HEVC

Recording & Playback: Full HD (1080p)

Audio

Codec: MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, OGG, FLAC, AC-3, apt-X

Camera Features

Dual Camera: Dual Shot / Dual Recording/ Dual Video Call

Drama Shot, Sound & Shot, 360 Photo, Cinema Photo, Eraser, Night, Best Photo, Best Face

Beauty Face, HDR (High Dynamic Range), Panorama, Sports

Additional Features

Group Play: Share Music, Share Picture, Share Document, Play Games

Story Album, S Translator, Optical Reader

Samsung Smart Scroll, Samsung Smart Pause, Air Gesture, Air View,

Samsung Hub, ChatON (Voice/Video Call, Share screen, 3-way calling)

Samsung WatchON

S Travel (Trip Advisor), S Voice™ Drive, S Health

Samsung Adapt Display, Samsung Adapt Sound

Auto adjust touch sensitivity (Glove friendly)

Safety Assistance, Samsung Link, Screen Mirroring

Samsung KNOX (B2B only)

Google Mobile Services

Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude

Google Play Store, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk,

Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads, Voice Search

Connectivity

WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80)

GPS / GLONASS

NFC, Bluetooth® 4.0 (LE)

IR LED (Remote Control), MHL 2.0

Sensor

Accelerometer, RGB light, Geomagnetic, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer

Temperature & Humidity, Gesture

Memory

16/ 32/ 64 GB User memory + microSD slot (up to 64GB)

2GB RAM

Dimension

136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm, 130g

Battery

2,600 mAh

Now, we all know they are offering 3 different storage options but my mind goes straight to the S3 fiasco of 32 GB devices shipping later than everybody else. I'm not sure if they really did in the end or how that worked out but do you think we could see the same deal with the 64 GB model? Do you even think US Cellular will offer the 64 GB model to possibly save money? All this is speculation of course. What about your thoughts? Favorite feature you're looking forward to? I'm definitely interested in this Smart scrolling, personally. Let us know what you think!

snodrog742

blog-0301300001362691397.jpgOur wonderful sources have come through again. US Cellular will be preparing to release these starting tomorrow using OTA updates but in case you are wanting to try it out before then, we have you covered!

Galaxy S III

Changelog:

  • One-finger gestures to expand/collapse notifications
  • Bug fixes and performance enhancements
  • Netflix sound issue addressed
  • More changes that we just aren't aware of......

Download:

Note 2

Changelog:

  • Preloaded apps updated
  • Fixed voice call "muted" glitch after setting phone to silent or vibrate.

Download:

As usual, using these will require ODIN and will wipe your device so make sure you have backups! As I mentioned, these will start rolling out in OTA updates starting tomorrow (3/8) that will not require your device to be wiped as well as Samsung's Simple Upgrade Tool. Let us know what you think. Obviously this is no 4.2 Jelly Bean but does it show they are working on releasing updates faster?

snodrog742

blog-0754921001361819682.jpgYou all remember that quote, right? We seem to hear it quite a bit nowadays and it always seem to be true. Well, US Cellular is living right up to that quote in true fashion. I come to you today with 2 pretty substantial changes that I'm sure will get the community talking (at least I hope so.) Without further delay....

Battery Swaps Program disappearing!

Reasons:

  1. Not cost efficient
  2. Batteries not being used (really?)
  3. 15% of all customers only used the program

Now, those seem to be the official reasons we are hearing but I think we can all think of a few others. For example, the Motorola Electrify M does not have a removable battery so that customer base can't even take advantage of it. Maybe that is becoming the new norm? Oh, sorry... forgot to mention that as we all know, that pesky iPhone has no removable battery as well. Looks like just another company change to gear up for that bombshell. What do you say?

Upgrade Fees rising!

Yep, that's right! That lovely $30/per phone charge that you see when you grab that hottest (haha) device and activate it at a retail store. No word on how much that new price will be or what NEW reasons we'll hear on why it is increasing. We've heard everything from "that charge covers us helping you with questions when you come back in" all the way up to "that fee is helping us bring you a faster and larger 4G coverage!"

So, that's the latest news I'm being told. I'm not too torn up about Battery Swap going away as I never had to use it personally. However, even larger upgrade fees just makes upgrades even harder than they are now. Sure, they are offering more BOGO deals it seems but that second one is really not FREE since they charge that upgrade fee now. What do you all think? How many more changes can you/we bare to see? Let us know below!

snodrog742

Get 2000 Belief points

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Text THANKS to 7827.

It looks like US Cellular is in a giving mood! Thanks to our friend, Ace, be sure to capitalize on this great opportunity. No word on how many lines per contract are eligible but why not try on all your lines? 6 little words and a Send button definitely don't take too much effort. Let us know if it works for you!

Source: Get 2000 Belief points

iR1O

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USC's current 4G LTE coverage currently covers approximately 58% of customers

--In Wave 3 this is will increase to 87% - by the end of 2013--

It is said to include some 1400 additional 4G LTE sites in 2013 - and expanded coverage to more than 2,000 cities.

New states added:

-California

-Kansas

-Nebraska

New cities include:

-Green Bay, WI

-Lincoln, NE

-Omaha, NE

-Joplin, MO

-Rolla, MO

The Wave is expected to roll out in 5 phases - further information regarding time frame and exactly which cities will be included will be added once they're confirmed.

snodrog742

Carbon Backup

blog-0214492001360692772.jpgThis is an amazing new app one of our members found for Android named Carbon from the great ClockWorkMod developer, Koush.

This little app that's just coming out does what many of us have wanted to do for quite awhile! It will let you backup all app data including saved games like Angry Birds WITHOUT being rooted, it just requires a desktop application to be used. The desktop app is available for Mac and Windows. It will also let you backup SMS and Call Logs and also Contacts. So this will resemble what BlackBerry® had for backups with the BlackBerry® Desktop application.

With the premium version of the app for $4.99 you can do even more.

  • No Ads
  • Android to Android app sync
  • Automatic Backup schedules (coming soon!)
  • Cloud backup and restore
  • * Dropbox
  • * Box
  • * Google Drive

This currently does not work for Motorola Phones, and it requires Android 4.0 or higher.

Here is a 12 minute tutorial made by the app developer showing how to use various services, also on the play store link.

Let us know what you think! I'm off to try it myself now!

Thanks atronin for the heads up on this great app!

PastorOfMuppetzQ

Although the BlackBerry 10 devices have gotten commitments from the big 4, U.S. Cellular has not yet made a deal. U.S. Cellular spokesman Steve Carlson told FierceWireless that his company doesn't have currently have plans to offer any BlackBerry 10 products, but he did say that USCC is "still in discussions" with BlackBerry. Will this drive users to another carrier? Probably not yet but if you are a die hard BlackBerry fan it might.

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TOP 5 Games Review


The idea for this article came when I looked through my Games folder on my Galaxy S3. One of the things I noticed was that I have bought and paid for several "expensive" games (i.e. Modern Combat 4, Chaos Rings, Asphalt 7, and Order and Chaos), yet I rarely EVER play them. So I decided to put together a list of the games I commonly play, and usually install or restore from Titanium Backup immediately upon flashing a new ROM. These games vary as far as style and gameplay, but they follow a pattern of being free, simple to play, and extremely addictive!

Words with Friends Free

Ok, so everyone has heard of this game far too many times, but I have to say, I love it. I have 5-10 friends that I don't see often, but am able to "keep in touch" via losing horribly to them in this addictive game. It is a lot of fun, and it never gets old for me. Plus, it's FREE!

Screenshot:

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Bike Race Free

This simple, yet extremely addictive game, has been in the top charts on Google Play's Top Free Games for a VERY long time. The game isn't that long, but it can be difficult, and even after beating it multiple times I still replay it again and again. It recently received an update that includes a new multiplayer mode where you are able to challenge friends or random opponents to beat your times.

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Angry Birds / Angry Birds Star Wars

Alright, another game that everyone already knows about, but I had to mention it. Especially since there is a new Star Wars version that adds new excitement to an older game. This game follows the pattern I mentioned earlier. It is simple and very addictive. I've beaten the original game a multitude of times, yet I still install it on every fresh ROM I flash. There is no multiplayer, but the game is difficult enough that you may even have to use the vast amount of walkthroughs available for this game online!

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Flow Free

When you first load this game, you may wonder why I've included it. At first it will seem very easy. You connect the colors in a way that fills up the entire screen. But as you progress to later levels, where the grid becomes 8x8, 9x9 and 10x10, you'll realize that this "simple" puzzle game has a few tricks up it's sleeve. Be warned, it is one of the more addictive games I'm including on this list.

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Cut The Rope FULL FREE

This game reminds me slightly of Where's My Water, which I would've included in this list if it had a FULL free version available. You must get the candy, which is suspended on a rope, into Om Nom's mouth. Various obstacles are added to keep this game fresh throughout the 325 levels currently available. I played it non stop until I beat it, and have since continued to play it over and over. Great game, that is now free thanks to being supported by ads.

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Honorable Mentions


I thought I would mention a couple games that I have played that were fun and free, but for some reason I did not latch onto as I did the above games.

Deadtrigger

A very fun, visually stunning Zombie shooter that is a blast to check out (if your phone can handle it).

Frontline Commando

A 3rd person arcade shooter that I enjoyed for the 30 minutes or so I played it. Decent graphics as well for a free game!

Ruzzle Free

Too new for me to include in the list above, but I have been enjoying the quick paced gameplay. It's almost exactly like Scramble with Friends, but for various reasons has become highly popular recently, surpassing Scramble and Words with Friends on the charts.

Dice with Buddies

Ever play Yahtzee as a kid? Enjoy the social aspects added to the popular dice game, making it a similar experience to Words with Friends and Ruzzle.

Trial Xtreme 3

Another fun motorcycle game, similar to Bike Race but with much better graphics. The only reason it wasn't included above, is because I frequently notice lag while playing it. Hoping they fix that issue soon.

Go ahead and comment below with your favorite free games that you continuously play. This was a short list of some of my favorites. Later on I will put together a list of lesser known, fun free games, and also my favorite paid games! Thanks for reading!

Adam Bliss

Des Moines, IA

US Cellular Galaxy S3 - (SCH-R530U)

arbliss@gmail.com

This article includes my personal opinion of my favorite, free games available for android. All games were played on my US Cellular Galaxy S3. My opinions are my own, and not the views of Teamuscellular.com

snodrog742

blog-0950599001359418370.jpgWell, it seems this device is not quite down for the count yet. Wait, or is it? That's neither here nor there. It seems Samsung and US Cellular have worked out an update with a short update change log. No really, SHORT. See below:

  • Fixed popping noise on calls
  • Added Samsung Enhancements

Yep, that's the official change log from what I'm told. As for Samsung Enhancements, that's anybody's guess. Our source saw no changes cosmetically or any other obvious changes. This update will also be availabe soon from Samsung and US Cellular in a Simple Update Tool but to get ahead of the crowd feel free to grab the download below and flash through ODIN. This will factory reset the device but neither internal or external storage will be wiped. Let us know what you think or if you're even going to bother with the update! Have you even experienced the "popping noise"?


Download:


snodrog742

blog-0925954001359146142.gifEverybody deserves a discount once and awhile. I strongly believe these groups of Americans deserve a discount even the most and apparently US Cellular does as well. A quick tip came in today that this discount will be rolling out as early as next week. Very few details but we did manage to get a few:

  • 10%-15% - not sure which at this time
  • Eligible on base plan only. Cannot be applied to add-ons to the account.
  • Single or Family plans eligible
  • Will need verified by discharge papers, American Legion papers, VFW papers, etc

While it's nothing spectacular in my opinion it is definitely a nice gesture and recognition coming from US Cellular. What do you all think? Any veterans among us here? Thank you from all of us here at TeamUSCellular!

ForzaManny

Looks that way,

Verizon wireless recently announced plans to sell its 700 MHz A Block in Oklahoma City and 31 surrounding counties in and around Oklahoma. Verizon has been doing this proactively as it has left over spectrum that won't feature into Verizon's plans for LTE expansion across the country.

The planned acquisition covers around 1.9 Million possible subscribers and as always is subject to FCC approval.

This looks to be good news for U.S. Cellular customers in and around the affected regions! Stay tuned as we know more.

Source: Verizon Wireless

arbliss

blog-0266768001357450285.jpgWhen I hear of an app that contains "awesome ringtones" or "HD Wallpapers!" I immediately think spyware. Fortunately for me, during my search for quality wallpapers for my US Cellular Galaxy S3, it was recommended that I give Zedge a try. According to the Zedge's description on Google Play, "you'll be able to seamlessly download free, high quality Ringtones, Notification Sounds, HD Wallpapers and Live Wallpapers optimized for your device." Well, I put that statement to the test.

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I was pleasantly surprised at the sheer amount and stunning quality of the wallpapers that Zedge contains. Personally, I like minimal or darker wallpapers, ones that aren't so loud and bright. You're given the option to search for wallpapers using specific keywords typed in, or to also filter by the most downloaded of all time, this month, or last month. You can also filter wallpapers by category. Within minutes I had found several wallpapers that I liked, downloaded them, and applied them as my wallpaper all using Zedge. It was a very user friendly and satisfying process. One complaint I have is based on the fact that they state the wallpapers are optimized for your device. There were several wallpapers I downloaded and applied, that looked stretched or distorted on my screen. That is a minor complaint though, as many of them looked great. I was also able to go back in and view the wallpapers I've downloaded, and even choose an option to have Zedge automatically change my wallpaper at preselected intervals using the wallpapers I downloaded.

Zedge also has categories for Live Wallpapers, Ringtones, Notification sounds and even games. I was able to find a few clips of current songs that were easily applied to my phone as a default ringtone. It also gave me the option to set it as a specific contact's ringtone, all through the app without going into my phones settings. This was the same for a notification sound I found. While I haven't found a reason to download the games through Zedge, it did show me all the games I had installed under the Downloads section, where it also showed me the wallpapers/notification sounds/ringtones I had downloaded.

After playing around with this app for a couple hours, not realizing how much time had gone by, I was amazed by the usefulness of this app. Previously I've spent hours searching for wallpapers I like on forums like XDA while on my phone, which can be a challenging task to say the least. This app brings simplicity to such tasks, finding new, QUALITY wallpapers and ringtones is easy now! I expected to be bombarded by ads, and possibly push notification ads showing up, and was pleased to find that the only ads were in the app itself and were not in the way - tucked nicely below the UI (see below). Additionally, I was (at first) not going to consider changing ringtones or notification sounds, since downloading this app I have already gone through several. It even has some options to recover your downloaded items after uninstalling and reinstalling the app. If you're like me and have a new wallpaper every day, this app makes this process much simpler and more fun. I recommend it to anyone who loves new wallpapers like I do!

-Adam Bliss

Enthusiastic Member of teamuscelular.com forums and Android lover!

USC Galaxy S3

"This is purely my opinion of this app as an individual, and not an endorsement from teamuscellular.com. This app was reviewed based on my own opinions while using it on my US Cellular Galaxy S3. Any further questions or comments can be sent to me at arbliss@gmail.com"

Link to the app:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.zedge.android&hl=en