A new Android-powered smartphone has landed at U.S. Cellular, as the carrier has just begun selling the QWERTY keyboard-equipped Samsung Galaxy Metrix 4G online, with the smartphone set to hit retail stores on Friday.
The Galaxy Metrix 4G costs $180 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a two-year agreement, though for those lucky enough to live in a current or prospective 4G LTE market, the device is priced at a more wallet-friendly $130 after a $100 mail-in rebate. Powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread, this smartphone won't be packing the most impressive specs, but for those looking for a budget-friendly 4G handset, this is the best price you are going to get.
Sporting a 4.0-inch touchscreen display, the Galaxy Metrix 4G packs a 1GHz processor, and offers users a non-touch texting experience with its slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The device features a 5-megapixel camera and camcorder, as well as a front-facing shooter.
The Samsung smartphone runs on the 4G LTE network in markets where it is available and on U.S. Cellular's 3G network in all other areas. The carrier currently offers high-speed 4G LTE service in select cities in Iowa, Maine, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin, as part of U.S. Cellular's partnership with King Street Wireless.
Potential customers wondering if they are eligible for the 4G discount on the Galaxy Metrix, U.S. Cellular plans to expand LTE coverage to select cities in Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia by the end of 2012, though be sure to visit the U.S. Cellular website for more detailed pricing.