If the US Cellular HTC Merge and LG Genesis sound familiar, well, they should. We first broke the news some weeks ago that the HTC Merge would be available on the regional carrier, and that day has come. You can pick one up for $149.99 on contract (and after a $100 mail-in rebate). That's the same HTC Merge that at one time was destined for Verizon, but it unceremoniously faded away.
And then there's the LG Genesis -- another phone that at one time appeared headed to Verizon before we broke the news that it'd be coming to USCC. And come June 9, you can pick it up, too (along with its dual screens) for $149 after contract and rebate.
Full presser's after the break.
U.S. CELLULAR TO LAUNCH TWO POWER-PACKED ANDROID™ DEVICES
HTC Merge™ is carrier’s first Android-Powered Global Ready Smartphone;
LG Genesis™ is a carrier exclusive; features dual touch screens
CHICAGO (May 31, 2011) – U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM) is expanding its device portfolio with two more Android-powered smartphones that are packed with cool features and access to countless apps. Starting today, the HTC Merge is available for $149.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate, and the LG Genesis will debut June 9 at the same rate.
“Customers who switch to U.S. Cellular join the happiest customers in wireless and can get easy-to-use devices that can be personalized to fit their busy schedules,” said Edward Perez, vice president of sales and marketing operations for U.S. Cellular. “Whether it’s managing your calendar, keeping track of family activities or staying in touch with close friends, we have phones that make your life easier.”
The HTC Merge is U.S. Cellular’s first Android-powered Global Ready smartphone. So, if you’re traveling abroad this summer, you can stay in touch with friends and family no matter the continent or time zone by using a required SIM card and service for the country you’re visiting. The HTC Merge also has a keyboard that can be switched to 18 different languages and offers users the freedom to check Facebook, tweet, text, browse the web and access e-mails anytime using the 3.8-inch touch screen or the slide out QWERTY keyboard. Other handy features include a 5.0 megapixel camera, GPS, 720p video recorder, Adobe Flash 10.1 and a customizable quick key that lets you program your favorite function whether it’s an app, web site, media player or contact.
Exclusive to U.S. Cellular, the LG Genesis features a sleek flip design with two touch screens that allow users to view social network updates and stay up-to-speed with texts and e-mails. Input lightning fast messaging on the 3.5-inch touch screen using Swype® technology on a virtual QWERTY keyboard or text hands free using voice. The internal 3.2-inch touch screen is paired with a wide, slide out keyboard that also makes typing quick and easy. A built-in 5.0 megapixel camera and 32 GB of storage makes snapping and sharing pictures of family and friends in high or low light a breeze with auto focus and zoom functions.
The HTC Merge and the LG Genesis are equipped with the Froyo 2.2 Android platform, and the Android Market™ has more than 200,000 apps awaiting download by users. Both smartphones are also Wi-Fi® hotspot capable and come with 8GB memory cards.
Several of U.S. Cellular’s value-packed national plans are a perfect fit for smartphone users. The $79.99 Primary Plus Plan is the best value in wireless and offers 5GB of data with unlimited text, picture and video messaging. The plan also comes with 450 voice minutes, free incoming calls, free nights and weekends and free mobile-to-mobile calls.
A family of four who switches to U.S. Cellular and joins the happiest customers in wireless can save more than $1,000 a year with the company’s Premium Plus family plan. The whole family can get the latest Android-powered smartphones to download apps and keep up with friends, the latest news and favorite social networks.
U.S. Cellular has the highest call quality and network satisfaction of any national carrier, and all devices are backed by the carrier’s high-speed nationwide network. Customers also get unique benefits, like new phones faster without continuously signing contracts. For more information about all of U.S. Cellular’s deals, plans and phones, and other restrictions on these offers, visit any U.S. Cellular store, go to uscellular.com or check out U.S. Cellular on Facebook.
The HTC Merge is available for $149.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate, and the LG Genesis is $149.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate. Purchase of a data plan is required, and a new two-year agreement and activation fee may apply.