Right on time, US Cellular's CDMA-flavored version of the HTC Desire is now available for a nickel under $200, making it the undisputed big dog in the regional carrier's lineup (its first Android device, the Samsung Acclaim, launched a few weeks back). What you get for your hard-earned money here is a surprisingly accurate recreation of the GSM Desire the rest of the world has been enjoying for much of this year, with the same optical pad, 3.7-inch display, 5 megapixel cam, Sense, 1GHz Snapdragon core, and identical industrial design (which, considering how good the original looks, is just fine with us). With the Droid Incredible on tap, Verizon doesn't really need this thing -- but it'd be kinda nice if Sprint picked it up to slot under the EVO, wouldn't it? Follow the break for the full press release.

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HTC DESIRE™ SMARTPHONE AVAILABLE AT U.S. CELLULAR TODAY

Carrier Becomes First in United States to Offer the Much-Anticipated Device

CHICAGO (August 27, 2010) – The wait for the U.S. debut of the HTC Desire smartphone is finally over. U.S. Cellular began selling the popular Android-powered handsets today in stores and online at uscellular.com, becoming the first carrier to bring the popular smartphone to customers in the United States.

"The buzz for the HTC Desire has been amazing," said Edward Perez, vice president of sales and marketing operations for U.S. Cellular. "Our customers deserve great phones, and now they can be among the first to own one of the best Android-powered devices on the market."

The HTC Desire smartphone is the second of five phones that run the Android operating system joining U.S. Cellular's smartphone lineup this year. Customers welcomed the Samsung Acclaim™ last month. The Samsung Galaxy S™ will be added in October, followed by two Android-powered phones from LG.

For U.S. Cellular customers, the HTC Desire smartphone also comes with the company's industry-first, customer-focused programs, like Overage Protection and Battery Swap.

U.S. Cellular is offering the HTC Desire smartphone for $199.95 after $70 mail-in rebate with a two-year contract.

About the HTC Desire Smartphone
The HTC Desire smartphone boasts a slim, stylish design with a vivid 3.7-inch Super LCD touchscreen. Features include a five megapixel, autofocus camera with flash, integrated GPS and Wi-Fi capability. The Android TM 2.1 platform opens the door to a growing Android Marketplace ™ of more than 80,000 applications, many of them free.

HTC Desire's 1GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor offers a true mobile computing experience on U.S. Cellular's nationwide 3G network, allowing customers to quickly download applications and music, browse the Internet and share pictures and videos. The phone also comes preloaded with U.S. Cellular applications such as My Contacts Backup, City ID, Tone Room Deluxe and Your Navigator Deluxe. In addition, customers can easily access Google services like Gmail, Google Maps and Google Talk instant messaging, and synch their Google calendars and contacts.

About U.S. Cellular
The 9,000 associates of U.S. Cellular believe a wireless phone enhances people's lives and a wireless company should be in the business of bringing people together. U.S. Cellular has a wide range of monthly plans, including those with unlimited nationwide calling, unlimited free incoming calls and options to prepay. The company has a growing catalog of phones like the BlackBerry® Bold, the touch-screen LG Tritan and the HTC Touch™ Pro 2 smartphone and the Android-powered Samsung Acclaim and the HTC Desire smartphone, which offer e-mail and Web access. Those features are delivered 10 times faster over U.S. Cellular's 3G Mobile Broadband network. U.S. Cellular believes in the power of the community and has made a commitment to invest more than $4.5 million in teachers and schools during 2009 and 2010. Based in Chicago, the company serves 6.2 million customers across the country. To learn more about the company visit one of its retail stores or uscellular.com. You can also check out U.S. Cellular on Facebook.