US Cellular ships first LTE smartphone: Samsung Galaxy S Aviator
Welp, that didn’t take long. Just weeks after US Cellular’s first LTE device hit the shops (yeah, the Galaxy Tab 10.1), in flies the carrier’s first 4G LTE smartphone. It’s the Samsung Galaxy S Aviator — otherwise known as the Droid Charge — taking the crown, shipping today with a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus touchpanel, front-facing camera, Android 2.3.6 (Gingerbread), an eight-megapixel rear-facing camera, an HDMI output and access to Google Play (despite the deceased ‘Market’ logo shown on the press imagery above). The bulk of you will be asked to pony up $199.99 on a two-year contract (and after a $100 mail-in rebate), but “select” LTE cities will be selling it for $100 less; as for LTE service, we’re told that portions of Iowa, Maine, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin are being served now, while coverage is expected to expand to Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia in the latter half of the year.
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