U.S. Cellular Launches First LTE Phone - Twice

U.S. Cellular Launches First LTE Phone

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Chicago - Regional carrier U.S. Cellular launched its first 4G LTE smartphone, which joins an LTE-enabled tablet.

The phone is the Samsung Galaxy S Aviator, which became available today at $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate. For a limited time, the smartphone will be available in the carrier's 4G markets for $99.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate.

The carrier's first 4G product,

launched last month

, is the LTE-equipped Galaxy Tab 10.1, which is priced for a limited time at $399 after $100 mail-in rebate with two-year data plan.

Both devices operate on U.S. Cellular's 700MHz LTE network and on the company's 3G CDMA 1x EV-DO Rev. A network.

The Galaxy S Aviator features Android 2.3.6 (Gingerbread), 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen, front-facing camera, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, front-facing webcam, HDMI port

U.S. Cellular is rolling out 4G service in conjunction with King Street Wireless, in which the carrier is a limited partner. King Street Wireless owns 152 700MHz wireless licenses covering portions of 27 states.

U.S. Cellular currently offers 4G LTE service in select cities in Iowa, Maine, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin. In the second half of this year, 4G LTE coverage will be expanded to select cities in Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia. By the end of 2012, LTE will be rolled out to markets covering 54 percent of consumers in U.S. Cellular's footprint, the company said.

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