U.S. Cellular launches $50 no-contract plan

The monthly plan, initially launching on four phones, gets you unlimited talk, text, and Web.

Kyocera Hydro XTRM
The Kyocera Hydro XTRM is an LTE-capable phone you can use with U.S. Cellular's new $50 monthly plan. Josh Miller/CNET

On Friday, regional carrier U.S. Cellular took the wraps off a new no-contract plan. The $50 monthly charge gets customers unlimited calling, text messages, and Web access.

For now, the plan applies to the Kyocera Hydro XTRM and Samsung Galaxy Axiom ($130 each with rebates) and the Motorola Moto X ($300 with rebates,) all LTE phones. The ZTE Director ($50), is the most budget offering, and the only one without LTE.

U.S. Cellular says it will expand the plan to include more LTE-ready phones down the line.

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Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.


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