Last week tweets were a tweeting about U.S. Cellular adding the Samsung ATIV Odyssey Windows Phone to their smartphone lineup and today the wireless provider made it official.
Starting today the Samsung ATIV Odyssey will be available online and in stores on July 11th. The 4G LTE Windows Phone will run your $49.99 after contractual discounts and a $50 mail in rebate. The Odyssey is a good, entry level Windows Phone with a 4" Super AMOLED screen, 1.5GHz Dual Core Processor, 8GB of storage, microSD card expansion, a 5MP rear camera, NFC support and more. The Odyssey joins the ZTE Render (a Windows Phone 7.8 device) as the wireless providers only Windows Phone 8 device.
We checked U.S. Cellular's website (opens in new tab) and the Odyssey isn't listed just yet and it may take a little while longer to see it pop up.
You can catch the full presser on the Odyssey announcement after the break.
U.S. CELLULAR LAUNCHING FIRST WINDOWS PHONE 8 SMARTPHONE
The 4G LTE Samsung ATIV Odyssey™ will be available online today and in stores July 11
CHICAGO (July 9, 2013) – U.S. Cellular® (NYSE: USM) has announced availability of the 4G LTE™ Samsung ATIV Odyssey™ beginning online today and in stores July 11. This is the first Windows® Phone 8 device for U.S. Cellular, and it is $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate.
The Samsung ATIV Odyssey is the latest device to join U.S. Cellular’s 4G LTE line-up that now consists of 15 devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S® 4 and several additional smartphones and connected devices. Currently, 61 percent of customers have access to 4G LTE speeds and 87 percent will have access by the end of the year. Customers who purchase the ATIV Odyssey from U.S. Cellular also receive a valuable rewards program that recognizes customer loyalty.
“We’re excited to offer a Windows Phone 8 smartphone so our customers and potential customers have another option when looking for a device that meets their needs,” said Joe Settimi, vice president of products, pricing and innovation for U.S. Cellular. “At U.S. Cellular, we want to provide a better wireless experience, and the smooth interface on the 4G LTE Samsung ATIV Odyssey makes and easy to stay updated and share meaningful moments with friends, family and colleagues.”
The Windows Phone 8 operating system uses live tiles so you can personalize your Start screen, allowing easy access to the most important content in real-time, whether it is photos of your family, Office documents or your favorite app. The interface is similar to the Windows 8 experience on computers and tablets, so accessing your information is seamless across devices. With a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and a 4-inch Super AMOLED™ touchscreen, the Samsung ATIV Odyssey displays vivid photos while movies and games play sharp and fast.
Additionally, the ATIV Odyssey includes several unique features that are exclusive to Samsung smartphones.
One of those features, Now, provides easy access to weather, news, stocks and more, so users stay up to date on important information all in one app. Shutterbugs can use the 5-megapixel camera and the built-in Photo Editor to apply filters, frames and stickers in addition to resizing, rotating and cropping photos. Once a picture has been edited and saved, users can share with friends or post to social media sites. The Mini Diary lets users keep track of daily activities through entries of pictures, drawings, location and audio, and it can be easily shared.
Highlighted Device Features:
Xbox Live® Integration
5 megapixel rear-facing camera; 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera
8GB internal storage, can be upgraded with up to a 64GB microSD card
U.S. Cellular, in partnership with King Street Wireless, currently offers 4G LTE service covering 61 percent of its customers in select cities in Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. By the end of this year, 87 percent of U.S. Cellular customers will have access to 4G LTE speeds. For more information about the 4G LTE experience, visit uscellular.com/4G.
Purchase of a smartphone data plan, a new two-year agreement and a $35 activation fee is required. Additional terms, conditions and/or charges may apply. See uscellular.com for details.
4G LTE not available in all areas. See uscellular.com/4G for detailed coverage info. 4G LTE service is provided in partnership with King Street Wireless. LTE is a trademark of ETSI.
About King Street Wireless, L.P.
King Street Wireless, L.P. currently holds 700 MHz wireless spectrum in 27 states and is partnering with Chicago-based U.S. Cellular to deliver high-speed 4G LTE service to U.S. Cellular’s customers in several of the carrier’s markets. King Street Wireless is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia where it is recognized for its involvement in its community both through its economic development and philanthropic efforts. To learn more about King Street Wireless, visit www.kingstreetwireless.com.
About Samsung Telecommunications America
Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, (Samsung Mobile) a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets, wireless infrastructure and other telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of televisions, smartphones, personal computers, printers, cameras, home appliances, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 236,000 people across 79 countries with annual sales of US$187.8 billion. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.
About U.S. Cellular
U.S. Cellular rewards its customers with unmatched benefits and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier has a strong line-up of cutting-edge devices that are all backed by its high-speed network that has the highest call quality of any national carrier. Currently, 61 percent of customers have access to 4G LTE speeds and 87 percent will have access by the end of 2013. U.S. Cellular was named a J.D. Power and Associates Customer Service Champion in 2012 for the second year in a row. To learn more about U.S. Cellular, visit one of its retail stores or uscellular.com.
To get the latest news, promos and videos, connect with U.S. Cellular on Facebook.com/uscellular, Twitter.com/uscellular and YouTube.com/uscellularcorp.
George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.
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Looks actually pretty cool, though my Ativ S is cooler ;)
Can you guys get in the habit of posting off-contract prices as well??
This person is ignoring someone or has a lot of unpaid bills.
Does anyone think U.S. Cellular will get any other Windows Phone 8 Phones anytime soon, or should I just tell my dad to bite the bullet and get this one. I think he was hoping for something a little more high end (a 4" screen, 8GB of space, and a 5MP camera are all pretty weak).
I wouldn't hold your breath. They announced they'd carry WinPho 7, took them 6 months to get one mid-tier phone, and just before WinPho 8 comes out, they get another Win7 handset. August 2012 comes, they say they'll carry WinPho8, which comes out 3 months later. Now, for them to finally release a low-end WinPho8 that has less memory than their first WinPho7 model nearly a year after saying they'll carry them, is a complete joke. So, once again: I wouldn't hold my breath for another WinPho8 device to pop up on USC anytime soon.
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