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  1. Yet to be confirmed by USCC, but leaked via twitter account @evleaks, rumor has it that the Samsung Galaxy SIII Mini will be making its way to US Cellular shelves. The phone will be known as the Galaxy Axiom and will come with the following specs: Snappier 1.2 GHz Qualcomm dual-core processor (original S3 Mini comes with 1.0 GHz) 4 GB internal memory (less than the original which comes with 6 or 8 GB) 4" 800x480 LCD screen 1 GB RAM 5MP Rear/1.3 MP Front cameras 4G LTE Android Ice Cream Sandwich (bummer not Jelly Bean) Consider it a mid level phone for those that like the look of the original Galaxy SIII, but are not a fan of the large screen. Source: Twitter: @evleaks
  2. Curious on people's thoughts regarding this phone. Is Samsung nuts for thinking the majority of users want a 4" screen with middle of the road specs? It doesn't even have 4G! Is the iPhone influencing their decision to bring out this phone? Seem like a step back, but I don't sit in the Samsung meetings pouring Over market data on what consumers perceive they want in a product.
  3. Google Wallet Coming Wednesday

    There we have it.
  4. They just didn't make a big deal about it. With new phones launching like the Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II, it would be hard to make a big deal about this low tier phone. Back in July, an anonymous tipster tipped TUSCC with a list of phones that would be launching in the second half of 2012. One of those phones, to be launched in September, was to run Windows 7.5 (Tango). With two days left in the month, USCC has quietly listed the ZTE Render as now being available via US Cellular’s webpage for $80 (after $100 mail-in-rebate). For those holding out for Windows 8 (maybe a certain Nokia made one), I suggest heading over to the forums and continuing your windows discussions. The ZTE Render will not be upgradable to full Windows 8, but there is mention of an upgrade to 7.8 that will add core capabilities such as an updated start screen. Here are the specs: 4.0” WVGA Capacitive Touchscreen 1Ghz Processor 512MB RAM 4GB onboard storage 5.0 MP rear camera Bluetooth 3.0 Office Hub (view, edit and share documents) SkyDrive access with 7gb of storage Weight: 4.82 oz. For those thinking of entering the world of Windows mobile operating system, this low cost, entry level alternative may be just what you are looking for. Those enthusiasts, that enjoy the latest and greatest, this phone is about as exciting as my Saturday night. Like USCC’s announcement, this article is being slipped in under the cover of darkness on a weekend.
  5. Apple iPhone 5 and a Christmas Surprise

    The anonymous sources have been pretty solid with the tips. Obviously, take it for what it's worth until USCC actually comes out and confirms. The LTE issue I find interesting. Good points made about Qualcomm being the only company to create chips that work with the quadband LTE USCC uses. How Apple pulls it off if USCC gets the iPhone and it is able to work on USCCs LTE will be a story Samsung is smelling blood and looking for any reason to go after some LTE patents. I find it ironic that the same companies that do business together also sue each other.
  6. I’m in a rhyming kind of mood today. If you haven’t heard, a company named Apple launched a new phone this afternoon. It was a pretty big deal. iPhone 5 is the device name. A story about the Apple iPhone on the front page of TeamUSCellular blog you ask? Uncharted territories, I know. I’m feeling a little courageous. First, the continuous leaks pretty much nailed it on the head. Not much was a surprise at this afternoons unveiling. Tim Cook, Apple CEO, stated at D10 conference that “we’re [Apple] is going to double down on secrecy on products.” Obviously he meant after the iPhone 5 was revealed. Let’s get to the specs for those technical geeks! External: Glass and Aluminum outer body in Black/Slate or White/Silver. 7.6mm thick; a full 18% thinner than the iPhone 4s. 112 grams; 20% lighter than the Galaxy S III. 4” Retina Display – width is still the same, but the phone is a tad taller to accomplish this. Retina Display at 1136x640, this translates into 326ppi Longer screen = additional 5th row of apps The ratio puts the display as close to 16:9 when held horizontally Internal: A6 processor; 22 percent smaller than the dual core A5 1GB RAM 802.11 a/b/g/n (dual band 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz) Bluetooth 4.0 LTE (we’ll have more on this in a moment) nanoSIM card (yes, Apple is redefining the SIM card) 16GB/32GB/64GB internal storage options Other features: Primary Camera: 8 megapixel sensor with a 5 element lens and f/2.4 aperture for you camera nerds! o Panoramic Shooting (effectively providing a 28 megapixel photo) o 40% increase in shutter speed o 1080p video recordingSecondary Camera: 1.2 megapixel at 30fps (720p and hi res Facetime chats) Facetime over cellular Microphone upgrade which should improve voice quality on networks that support it. New dock connector called…wait for it….Lightning!! (Apple will be charging $29 for an adapter for devices using the older connection….Apple sure does know how to suck every last cent out of their customers.) 8 hours talk time on 4G (LTE); 10 hours using WiFi What the phone didn’t have: NFC (Apple says it’s not clear that this will be the standard going forward. AKA we can add this to the next iteration) Phil Schiller, Senior VP of Worldwide Marketing said, “iPhone 5 is the most beautiful consumer devise that we’ve created. We’ve packed an amazing amount of innovation and advanced technology into a thin and light, jewel-like device with a stunning 4-inch Retina display, blazing fast A6 chip, ultrafast wireless, even longer battery life; and we think the customers are going to love it.” Android users just puked (and I know there are a lot of you in the forums). Can't we all just get along? I’d like to touch on the LTE a bit. Back in November, 2011, US Cellular turned down the Apple iPhone 4s. At the time it did not make economical sense to the company. Later, in December, it was learned that the iPhone would be considered if it had ”cutting edge” technology (interpret as LTE). Today, we have the iPhone 5, which will offer LTE on various bands. I was curious to see if any of those bands are what USCC currently utilizes, 700/850/1700/1900MHz. Here is what I found: iPhone 5 CDMA Model 2100MHz 1800MHz 850MHz 700cMHz 1900MHz I believe that the 700MHz that USCC utilizes is of the A variety, but 850MHz matches up. Does it prove anything? No. Does it put a little hope out there? Absolutely. So what does Christmas have to do with this? A lot actually. An anonymous little birdie tipped TUSCC with some tantalizing information. Remember, it isn’t official till USCC says so. Expect a launch of the iPhone 5 on USCC!! When: expect it around the holidays (Santa will be busy) The next details are sketchy and, from a business perspective, would alienate a whole lot of customers. Initial launch in 4G areas only with Iowa being first as this is where most of the testing occurs. Honestly, I can’t see that last tidbit happening. Customers in areas where 4G is not expected soon (Chicago I’m talking to you) would be outraged! USCC would benefit from launching in 3G only areas as well. Thanks Anonymous for that information, I’m sure there are a few happy USCC customers out there that have been flooding USCC’s facebook page with nonstop “When is the iPhone coming to USCC?” comments.
  7. Remember the LG Splendor?

    Tough crowd. I went from high to low in about 2 seconds. Haha. From what i recall i think USCC is first in line for this phone.
  8. Slightly misleading, definitely enticing. Today at the Google "Motorola" Mobility launch event in New York, Motorola head Dennis Woodside made the pledge that the company will attempt to upgrade all new and existing (since 2011) Motorola android handset to Jelly Bean. If upgrading the phone would degrade performance, then the company would offer a $100 credit on a new phone purchase. The misleading part, the $100 credit can only be applied to one of the 3 new phones launched at today's event. The Droid Razr HD, Droid Razr Maxx HD and Droid Razr M. Which may or may not make their way to USCC. Bigger picture, for those USCC customers with a current Motorola phone such as the Electrify 2, expect a Jelly Bean update. Going out on a limb, the Defy XT might see some love as well as the original Electrify (barely sneaking in to the 2011 cutoff). Of course, the new OS update would have to make it's way through USCC's fingers before being deployed. Google truly know what the customer wants, access to the most current android OS features. Through the addition of Motorola Mobility, they are able to offer these type of upgrades. And If the company can't deliver they are willing to cough up some cash to entice the customer to upgrade. Other phone companies should take note. And who knows, maybe those who are unable to upgrade will see the "Motorola Electrify HD 2" in stores this holiday season and put that $100 credit to use. Let us know your thoughts on Google/Motorola's pledge to chip in for a new phone if they are unable to upgrade your current phone's OS. Should other phone companies implement this type of offer? As a consumer, would this cause you to upgrade to a new phone faster? Update: Motorola rebate site is live and lo and behold the Electrify and Electrify 2 are listed in the drop down box. Thanks SuBzErObLuE (fun to type that) for the link. Update (10/20/12): Motorola has released a list of phones that will be eligible for the $100 rebate. This looks like an initial list and phones will continue to be added. The Electrify will not be receiving Jelly bean, so it is eligible for the rebate, BUT you must by the Motorola Electrify 2 or any of the phones on the Must Purchase List. Contract terms and conditions still apply, so you will still be responsible for that early termination fee if you choose to upgrade. Hit the link if interested in the trade-up program.
  9. LG Splendor spotted in the wild

    4.3-inch display at 800x480 resolution, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a 5-megapixel rear camera. It's all powered by a Qualcomm MSM8655 processor running at 1 GHz. Battery's listed at 1700 mAh. There's 2 GB of on-board storage, and the Splendor will take a microSD card as well.
  10. Motorola Electrify 2 Now Available

    Chicago representing the $180 after MIR. No 4g here and not sure when.
  11. Motorola Electrify 2 Now Available

    Engadget review US Cellular launches Motorola Electrify 2 today for $180, Defy XT on August 3rd - Engadget
  12. Psst...New Info from the Tip Line.

    Samsung and USCC are best buds. N-O-T-E
  13. The launch of USCC’s flagship Samsung Galaxy SIII have most users content with their current phone selection (unless you are still holding out for that ever elusive iPhone). What about those that have passed up on the GSIII and our waiting to see what is in store for the rest of 2012? Well, you are in luck (or not in luck depending on how you view this post). Straight from the tip line and an anonymous source, a long list of new phones will be headed to USCC in the coming months. For those with Android and looking for ICS, the tipster did not forget about you either. Let’s get right into the info, because there is a lot of it. Current phones expected to receive ICS later this year (If you follow the forums, these are not a surprise): Samsung Galaxy SII Electrify The long list of new phones: Huawei Ascend Y (September 2012) – Low Tier 3G Android - Gingerbread 3.5” Display 3MP Camera Alcatel One Touch Shockwave (September 2012) – Low Tier 3G Water and Dust Resistant Dragontrail (6x stronger than regular glass) 3.5” Display Motorola Defy XT (July 2012) – Mid Tier 3G Waterproof (up to 30 mins.) and dust resistant Gorilla Glass 3.7” Display 5MP Camera 1GHz Processor 1700mAh battery LG Splendor (September 2012 – USCC 1st in line for this phone) – Mid Tier 3G 4.3” Display 8.8mm Thin Android – ICS 5MP Camera Motorola Electrify 2 (August 2012) – High Tier 3G 4.3” Display Dual Core 1.2GHz Processor 8MP Camera VGA Front Camera Android – ICS SMARTACTIONS – turn certain functions including wifi, ringer, etc on and off automatically. NOTE: Is this the previously talked about Motorola RAZR?? It definitely looks like the RAZR. Conflicting reports from previous post and sources suggesting that the Motorola RAZR coming was going to be 4G. Samsung Metrix – (August 2012) – Mid Tier 4G Slider with QWERTY 4” Super AMOLED 5MP Camera 1.3MP Front Camera For the lovers of Windows, you were not left out: ZTE Render (September 2012) Windows 7.5 (sorry boys and girls, no windows 8 for you) 4” Display 1GHz Processor Wi-Fi Hotspot For those text messengers out there: Alacatel One Touch (August 2012) Messaging Plus: enhanced messaging device Matched with specific $15 data plan Bar-QWERTY Custom made for USCC GPS+3G+Wifi LG Freedom (October 2012) 3” Display QWERTY Slider 2MP Camera Captive Screen There you have it readers. Personally, after looking at that list, it’s hard to be impressed when the Samsung Galaxy SIII just launched and all the excitement is still in the air. Those seeking mid level phones and QWERTY keyboards should be happy. Give us your thoughts on what could be the new phone lineup for the rest of 2012. Remember, it’s not confirmed till it’s confirmed.