While they may not be as big as Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, or T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular is still a fairly popular wireless carrier. With all of their upcoming Android and BlackBerry devices, they could be poised to grow even larger. U.S. Cellular sent out a press release yesterday, announcing that they would be releasing four new Android devices this year. First up will be the Samsung Acclaim on July 9th, a device we've seen in the past that will be exclusive to U.S. Cellular and pack a sliding QWERTY keyboard. The HTC Desire will be launched in August and it will be the first time we see the device on a U.S. carrier. U.S. Cellular will also be launching a "hotly-anticipated" Samsung device and an LG device with a "large touch screen and slide-out, ergonomically-designed QWERTY keyboard" in October.
It's not all Android with U.S. Cellular, though, as they'll also be launching two new BlackBerry devices. A BlackBerry Bold will be available in "early August," and a "BlackBerry flip smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard" is coming later this year. Did U.S. Cellular just confirm the existence the BlackBerry 9670 in a press release? It certainly looks that way.
U.S. Cellular is definitely bringing the Android hotness this year. While the Acclaim may not be the super high-end device us phone nerds lust after, the Desire will surely draw some attention to the carrier. I'm not sure what the other devices could be. The LG could either be U.S. Cellular version of the Ally or maybe a whole new phone. As for the Samsung, it would be great to see the Galaxy S on U.S. Cellular. Samsung definitely seems motivated to get the Galaxy S on the big four carriers, so maybe they'll go after the smaller ones, as well.
I'm glad to see that U.S. Cellular is also going to offer the new Bold 9650. They've been good about bringing new 'Berries to their customers, and now they're continuing that trend. It's strange that the carrier basically outed the 9670 flip phone in a press release, but it should be a good option for BlackBerry fans on U.S. Cellular. Are any of you on U.S. Cellular or planning to jump ship to the carrier for one of the hot new Android or BlackBerry devices?