U.S. Cellular adds Samsung Metrix 4G to smartphone roster

Available immediately, the handset is priced lower for those who live in 4G markets.

U.S. Cellular's latest, the Samsung Galaxy Metrix 4G. U.S. Cellular

U.S. Cellular today announced its latest smartphone, the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Metrix 4G . Available online for $179 after a $100 mail-in rebate, the handset arrives in retail stores on August 25.

In an effort to draw attention to its growing 4G LTE network, U.S. Cellular is offering a discounted price for consumers who live within its regional footprint. What's more, those markets expected to see 4G coverage by the end of 2012 get a sweeter deal, a $129 price tag after a $100 mail-in rebate. Sounds good, but what do you get for the money?

Details for the Samsung Metrix 4G include a sliding QWERTY keyboard, a 4-inch display, a 1GHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera, and a front-facing camera. Powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the smartphone comes preloaded with a number of Amazon titles, including Kindle, Amazon MP3, Amazon.com, and Audible.

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