If there remained any doubt of the lasting mainstream appeal and marketing clout of the Samsung Galaxy S II Android Gingerbread smartphone, U.S. Cellular's plan to take on the handset erases it all.
The nation's sixth-largest carrier will join T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint in offering a version of the phone that's already sold more than 30 million units worldwide.
The Galaxy S II, announced nearly a year ago, sports a beautiful 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, a 1.2GHz dual-core Exynos processor, an 8-megapixel camera with flash, and a front-facing camera. There's 16GB of memory on-board, plus room to add up to another 32GB if you wish.
U.S. Cellular will sell the 3G-capable Galaxy S II for $229.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate. The exact release date is still a mystery, but it's coming "soon."
Although the Galaxy S II is still a powerful, well-liked phone in all its iterations, U.S. Cellular is also late to the party. Speculation that the Samsung Galaxy S III would make an appearance next week at Mobile World Congress have largely been scrapped. The latest rumors suggest that Samsung will officially expand its trilogy at a separate event in May, though perhaps not to the U.S. first.