Today U.S. Cellular announced the launch of their first 4G LTE device, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. The Android-powered tablet will run on the new 4G LTE network, with speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G, in markets where it is available and on U.S. Cellular’s nationwide 3G network in all other areas.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is available at all U.S. Cellular retail locations and online at uscellular.com. With up to 12 hours of battery-life, 32 GB of storage, and a $399.99 price tag in select markets, U.S. Cellular is calling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a great value compared to the iPad.
It is worth noting that the $399 is a short-time promotion, and the regular price is $499. And even they, that comes after a $100 mail-in rebate and requires a two-year contract. So make sure you factor all of that in before signing up. That said – compared to other carriers US Cellular has considerable benefits.
The Galaxy Tablet 10.1 on the only 4G LTE network with unique benefits, such as the only points-based rewards program in wireless and faster device upgrades without continuously signing contracts.
Here are the main device features from the press release:
• 10.1-inch WXGA PLS TFT 1280×800 HD display
• Slim and lightweight at 1 pound, 3.9 ounces and .34-inch depth
• Battery life up to 12 hours of usage, with standby time of up to 400 hours
• 1 GHz dual-core NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 processor
• Powered by Android™ Honeycomb
• Front and rear camera: 3.2 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus, LED flash and HD (720p) video recording, 2 megapixel front camera
• 32 GB memory
As for their rapidly expanding 4G network, this is what US Cellular says:
The enhanced wireless experience on the 4G LTE network builds on the 3G data services U.S. Cellular customers already enjoy on the carrier’s nationwide network that has the highest call quality and network satisfaction. U.S. Cellular, in partnership with King Street Wireless, currently offers 4G LTE service in select cities in Iowa, Maine, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. In the second half of this year, 4G LTE coverage will expand to cover select cities in Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be available to all U.S. Cellular customers and will run on the 4G LTE network in markets where it is available and on U.S. Cellular’s nationwide 3G network in all other areas. By the end of 2012, 54 percent of U.S. Cellular customers will enjoy faster 4G LTE speeds.