We already knew that US Cellular would be getting its hands on the Galaxy Note II alongside the four national players in the US, but the company just came out with specific pricing and general availability. The device will go for $300 (after $100 mail-in rebate and two-year commitment) and should be available in late October, though the carrier will open up its site for pre-orders starting today. If you're considering just waiting it out until they're in stores, pre-ordering the Note II comes with a perk: you won't have to bother with the mail-in rebate. USCC only appears to be offering the 16GB titanium gray option, but we'll still certainly take that over nothing at all. Check out the press release below.
Update: We just heard back from US Cellular that the full retail cost of the Note II will be $800.
U.S. CELLULAR CUSTOMERS GETTING THE SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE II
Online presales begin today
CHICAGO (September 19, 2012) – U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM) and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States, have announced the 4G LTE™ Samsung Galaxy Note™ II will be available for customers to preorder today at uscellular.com/note2, and it will be in stores and online in late October. The 16GB Titanium Gray Galaxy Note II will be $299.99 with an instant rebate for those who purchase during the online presale. It will be $299.99 after $100 mail-in rebate when it arrives in stores.
Customers who purchase the Samsung Galaxy Note II from U.S. Cellular receive benefits no other carrier offers, including new devices faster without continuously signing contracts, free Battery Swap and the only points-based rewards program in the industry. The Samsung Galaxy Note II joins U.S. Cellular's cutting-edge line-up of devices that also includes the award-winning Samsung Galaxy S® III.
Galaxy Note II is designed to enhance the standards of performance, productivity and power in a unique device that combines a powerful smartphone with the best functionality aspects of a tablet. The Galaxy Note II's brilliant 5.5 inch HD Super AMOLED™ touchscreen allows for easy viewing of websites, video, crystal clear pictures and videos with vibrant color rendering. Smooth multitasking, fluid gaming and faster navigation will also be noted with the U.S. debut of Samsung's Exynos 1.6 GHz quad-core processor in combination with Android™ 4.1 (Jelly Bean). The S Pen creative tool, a long-lasting 3,100 mAh removable battery, an 8-megapixel rear-facing and a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera with HD video recording and an additional 64GB available with microSD™ card are just some of many features users will enjoy on this premium mobile device.
"The Samsung Galaxy Note II on the fast 4G LTE network provides our customers with a unique experience that can make work and play easier wherever you are," said Edward Perez, vice president of sales and marketing operations for U.S. Cellular. "We are once again excited to work with Samsung to bring this caliber of device to our customers to help them stay connected to the people and information important to them."
The Galaxy Note II is an advanced and versatile device designed to enhance and simplify your life. It is the ultimate multi-tasker, with its unique Pop Up Play picture-in-picture feature allowing users to watch a video while reading an email or sending a text message. Pop Up Note lets users open an S Note instantly as a pop-up window anywhere on the screen to jot down a quick note during a phone call or other live services. Using the S Pen along with Air View, customers can conveniently and quickly browse photos and documents without opening up folders. The device also features S Beam NFC sharing capability and the Smart Stay eye tracking feature made popular on the Samsung Galaxy S III are also available on the Galaxy Note II.
U.S. Cellular, in partnership with King Street Wireless, currently offers 4G LTE service covering 31 percent of their customers in select cities in Iowa, Maine, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin. Later this year, 4G LTE coverage will expand to cover select cities in Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia. By the end of 2012, 58 percent of U.S. Cellular customers will enjoy faster 4G LTE speeds. For more information about the 4G LTE experience, visit uscellular.com/4G.