U.S. Cellular recently added the HTC Merge and LG Genesis to its smartphone lineup, but if Windows Phone 7 is more your cup of tea, it'll soon have you covered there, as well. The carrier just announced that the it'll launch the HTC 7 Pro tomorrow, June 14th, for $199.99 after a two-year contract and $100 mail-in rebate. The 7 Pro will be U.S. Cellular's first Windows Phone 7-powered handset and features a 3.6-inch 480x800 display, 1GHz processor, 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and 720p video capture, landscape physical QWERTY keyboard, and, of course, Windows Phone 7.
Although it's kind of a bummer that U.S. Cellular is getting basically the same phone that's been available on Sprint since mid-March, the 7 Pro is still a respectable Windows Phone 7 device with a five-row physical QWERTY keyboard. Anyone thinking about picking up the 7 Pro when it lands on U.S. Cellular's shelves tomorrow?
U.S. CELLULAR LAUNCHES FIRST WINDOWS PHONE 7 HANDSET®
HTC 7 Pro a Draw for Multi-taskers; Multi-media and Gaming Enthusiasts
CHICAGO (June 13, 2011) – The happiest customers in wireless have one more reason to smile. On June 14, U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM) will expand its device portfolio with the addition of the HTC 7 Pro, the carrier's first Windows 7 smartphone. The handset is available for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate along with a data plan purchase.
The HTC 7 Pro is ideal for those who want to complete tasks on the go while getting their fill of entertainment too. One glance at the start screen tells you what's going on. Animated live tiles can show pending messages and appointments, news and weather, or game and friend status all refreshed wirelessly via the Web. Users can also easily view, edit, share and sync Office® documents thanks to superior integration of familiar Office applications. Texting, e-mailing and social media updates are made easy with the HTC 7 Pro's 3.6-inch tilted touchscreen and slide out QWERTY keyboard.
"We have the phones that our customers want to help simplify their busy lives and have fun too," said Edward Perez, vice president of sales and marketing operations for U.S. Cellular. "Customers who switch to U.S. Cellular also get new phones faster without having to continuously sign contracts."
The HTC 7 Pro boasts other cool features like a digital compass, GPS and a 5.0 megapixel autofocus camera with flash. Gaming enthusiasts can score big with the Xbox LIVE® integration, while movie and music lovers will appreciate the built-in FM radio and access to NetFlix®, Zune® and thousands of other applications.
Several of U.S. Cellular's value-packed national plans are a perfect fit for smartphone users. The $79.99 Primary Plus Plan is the best value in wireless and offers 5GB of data with unlimited text, picture and video messaging. The plan also comes with 450 voice minutes, free incoming calls, free nights and weekends and free mobile-to-mobile calls.
A family of four who switches to U.S. Cellular and joins the happiest customers in wireless can save more than $1,000 a year with the company's Premium Plus family plan. The whole family can get the latest smartphones to download apps and keep up with friends, the latest news and favorite social networks.
U.S. Cellular has the highest call quality and network satisfaction of any national carrier, and all devices are backed by the carrier's high-speed nationwide network. For more information about all of U.S. Cellular's deals, plans and phones, and other restrictions on these offers, visit any U.S. Cellular store, go to uscellular.com or check out U.S. Cellular on Facebook.
The HTC 7 Pro is available for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate. Purchase of a data plan is required, and a new two-year agreement and activation fee may apply.