U.S. Cellular Launches Bargain Priced Samsung Gem Android Phone

They aren't the first carrier to get Samsung's Gem, but U.S. Cellular is slowly but surely building out a respectable stable of Android handsets. This regional carrier was one of the first to snag the Galaxy Tab, and now they're exploiting that Samsung relationship to get yet another mid-tier smartphone out to those who aren't willing to pay $200 on contract for a new superphone.

The Gem will be sold for just $29.99 on a 2-year contract, and it will feature a 3.2" touch display, a one-touch social networking update feature, a built-in calendar and support for widgets. It's on sale now, and the full release is below.

The Latest Android-powered Smartphone at a Smart Price, $29.99

CHICAGO (March 31, 2011) – U.S. Cellular invites those who are ready to take the Android-powered plunge to indulge themselves with the wireless carrier's latest device, the Samsung Gem. In stores and online April 1 for only $29.99 after an $80 mail-in rebate, this smartphone deal is no April Fools' joke. It features a 3.2" full touch screen with advanced anti-scratch, anti-smudge and anti-reflective protective glass.

Keeping in touch with friends and family is easy with the Samsung Gem, which allows you to update your status and post photos and messages to all of your favorite social networking sites with the touch of one button. With its easy-to-use calendar, you can organize all of your social and business appointments. You can also drag and drop various widgets and icons to personalize your very own, one-of-a-kind start-up screen.

"We want to delight our customers with handsets that can be customized to meet their individual needs," said David Kimbell, vice president of marketing for U.S. Cellular. "As the interest in smartphones continues to grow, we are thrilled to roll out high-performing, competitively priced devices that enable our customers to be more productive and simplify their lives."

The Samsung Gem is backed by U.S. Cellular's high-speed nationwide network and The Belief Project, both of which have received high marks from industry insiders and consumers. U.S. Cellular has the highest call quality and network satisfaction of any national carrier*, and The Belief Project earned Frost & Sullivan's Customer Value Enhancement of the Year Award.

The Belief Project recognizes customer loyalty with unmatched benefits and rewards like faster upgrades to the coolest phones in as little as 10 months without requiring customers to repeatedly sign contracts. It also offers an assortment of bundled National Single Line and Family Belief Plans designed to mirror the way people use their phones.

New customers who sign up for a Belief Plan and fulfill an initial two-year commitment will never have to sign another one with U.S. Cellular's "no contract after the first." Current U.S. Cellular customers who previously signed up for a Belief Plan and are already eligible for a phone upgrade can get promotional prices without signing another contract. Customers automatically get valuable rewards that can be used for faster phone upgrades in as little as 10 months, additional lines, phones, accessories and ringtones.

For more information about all of U.S. Cellular's deals, plans and phones, and other restrictions on this offer, visit any U.S. Cellular store, go to uscellular.com or check out U.S. Cellular on Facebook.