U.S. Cellular picks up $30 Samsung Gem

The Samsung Gem is another budget Android smartphone to join U.S. Cellular's lineup.

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Starting tomorrow, U.S. Cellular customers will be able to buy the Samsung Gem for $29.99, after an $80 mail-in rebate.

Granted, it's not the cost savings you get with Alltel, which offered the Gem for free in February after a $50 mail-in rebate, but that's still a good price for any smartphone.

The specs are largely the same as the Gem on Alltel. There's a 3.2-inch touch screen and 3.2-megapixel camera. However, this Gem runs Android 2.2 Froyo, instead of Android 2.1 Eclair, which means you get support for features like Adobe Flash Reader 10.1. The Gem will face heavy competition from the LG Optimus U, which happens to be free after a rebate, and with a new two-year service agreement.

Still, for those who prefer the Gem's facets, Samsung's offering gives budget-conscious Android fans another choice.

Article updated at 11:12pm PT to correct the Android OS specs.

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