U.S. Cellular enters 4G LTE arena with Samsung Galaxy tablet

U.S. Cellular enters 4G LTE arena with Samsung Galaxy tablet

U. S. Cellular on Thursday announced the launch of its commercial LTE (Long-Term Evolution) service, and the Samsung Galaxy tablet became the first device to be rolled out on its fourth-generation network.

Chicago-based wireless carrier U. S. Cellular is offering the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet for $499.99, following a $100 mail-in rebate.

The tablet is available on two plans, 200MB and 5GB of data plans, which cost $14.99 and $54.99 a month. Those who will cross the allotted data will be charged $0.25 per megabyte.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab runs on Google's Android Honeycomb OS, and features a 10.1-inch 1280-by-800-pixel display, 1GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, a front and a rear camera, along with 32GB of flash storage.

The carrier also claimed that its 4G LTE network currently covers around 25 per cent of its customers, while the service will be expanded to cover 54 per cent by end of this year. As per the carrier's claims, it has 6.1 million subscribers.

The carrier, which joined the ranks with top-tier carriers Verizon and AT&T, also announced that its second 4G LTE device, the Samsung Galaxy s Aviator smartphone, will become available in April this year.

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