U.S. Cellular Ships First LTE Handset

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Samsung Galaxy S AviatorToday, U.S. Cellular ships its first 4G LTE smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S Aviator.

The LTE-ready, Android smartphone is available to purchase for $200 after a $100 mail-in rebate and a new two-year contract. It will also be offered for $100 in select LTE cities. The Samsung Galaxy S Aviator marks the second 4G LTE device that U.S. Cellular has shipped, the first being the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

The Galaxy S Aviator has a fairly high-end featureset. It features Android OS 2.3.6 (Gingerbread) and also sports a 4.3-inch WVGA (800 x 480) Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen. An 8 megapixel rear-facing camera is joined by a 1.3 megapixel front-facing one. The smartphone will also has an HDMI port.

Thanks to its support for LTE, the smartphone provides download and browser speeds that are up to 10 times faster than 3G, and are similar to a cable Internet connection.

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, its 4G LTE coverage will expand to cover select cities in Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.

Source: Engadget

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