Nov 07 AT 3:54 PM Taylor Wimberly 10 Comments

US Cellular announces 4G LTE network for 2012, could offer Galaxy Nexus


Last week US Cellular announced the readiness of their 4G LTE network, and today we learned of the first Android devices that might appear on it in the first quarter of 2012. The guys at Phandroid have obtained a leaked slide that indicates US Cellular plans to launch the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE beginning in Q1.

The initial rollout of 4G LTE service includes select cities from Iowa, Wisconsin, Maine, North Carolina, Texas and Oklahoma. Specific markets named in the press release include Milwaukee, Madison and Racine, Wisconsin; Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Davenport, Iowa; Portland and Bangor, Maine; and Greenville, North Carolina.

No details were provided on what kinds of 4G LTE speeds we should expect, but I’m guessing US Cellular will reveal the full details at CES in January.

Customers hoping to see the Galaxy Nexus on carriers other than Verizon should be pleased with this news. US Cellular was included in Samsung’s sign-up page for the Galaxy Nexus, along with six other US carriers. At this point it still appears Verizon will have some kind of limited exclusive on the Galaxy Nexus LTE, but it should appear on multiple carriers early next year.

Via: Phandroid

Source: US Cellular

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  • Slith

    Wow. If they can beat Verizon to the punch in Iowa and Nebraska, we will actually have a choice. I’ll drop Verizon like a bad habit.

    • jiggyflyj

      Iowa City, Davenport, Omaha, and Council Bluffs have had Verizon LTE for awhile now. Sioux City just got it on Oct 17. Des Moines and Cedar Rapids are scheduled for Nov 17.

  • @BiGMER F

    yet no one can crack GSM info.. if there is ne thing i can give Google credit on regarding ll of this ,is there ability to keep a secret

  • rantmo

    Well that is really exciting news. I hope that their native Chicago gets that love fairly quickly and that they get a good batch of Android phones. I like T-Mobile well enough but with its uncertain future, it’s nice to have a viable alternative for a decent company.

  • Jonathan

    Be very cautious with this rumor. In the same training module, the slides detailing the devices for U.S. Cellular’s LTE network describe only a Samsung device with a 1Ghz CPU running Gingerbread. No specific model numbers are mentioned. I agree it looks very much like the Galaxy Nexus and would be amazing if U.S. Cellular would carry it, but I’ll believe it when I see it.

    Also, I don’t think U.S. Cellular is going to be making any announcements at CES since they aren’t listed as an exhibitor. :/

  • Chad

    If US Cellular gets the Galaxy Nexus before T-Mobile I may just cry lol but seriously that will truly be the sign of times and proof that the merger has dropped the reputation of the company and it’s stance in this market.

  • ben dover

    Galaxy nexus.

    Just sounds SO nice to hear that name without verizion in front of it!

  • Black Kristos

    Wow. USC may actually be the first 4G carrier in Maine. That would certainly make me consider signing up with them.

  • pritams

    Pretty impressive for them…