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ZTE Grand S Pro (U.S. Cellular)

The Grand S Pro is a good deal with a carrier agreement, but U.S. Cellular has other phones that are faster and more reliable.

June 23, 2014

3 stars Editors' rating June 23, 2014

MSRP: $249.00

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ZTE Imperial (U.S. Cellular)

If you’re an existing 4G LTE U.S. Cellular customer, the ZTE Imperial is an excellent and cheap phone -- but new subscribers should explore all options and promotions.

July 29, 2013

3 stars Editors' rating July 29, 2013

MSRP: $299.99

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Kyocera DuraPro (U.S. Cellular)

U.S. Cellular's Kyocera DuraPro has both the brawn and the reliable call performance that make it a good choice for users looking for a rugged feature phone.

April 1, 2013

3 stars Editors' rating April 1, 2013
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National Geographic Talk Abroad Lite

As a phone, the National Geographic Talk Abroad Lite is weak, flimsy, and lacks essentials. However, as an emergency travel phone, its light, simple, and affordable build could do the trick for some.

May 2, 2012

3 stars Editors' rating May 2, 2012

MSRP: $59.00

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ZTE Director (U.S. Cellular)

Although U.S. Cellular's ZTE Director is inexpensive under contract, the carrier offers better handsets at the same low price.

April 26, 2013

3 stars Editors' rating April 26, 2013
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Coolpad Quattro 4G (MetroPCS)

Though the Coolpad Quattro 4G is affordable and has excellent call quality, consider other inexpensive MetroPCS 4G LTE phones instead, like the LG Motion 4G.

September 9, 2012

3 stars Editors' rating September 9, 2012

MSRP: $149.00

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LG Splendor (U.S. Cellular)

The LG Splendor doesn't have the fastest network connection, but it's an affordable and snappy handset that's loaded with Android 4.0 and a swift CPU.

September 26, 2012

3.5 stars Editors' rating September 26, 2012

MSRP: $179.99

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National Geographic Xplorer (Samsung B2100)

Globe-trotters seeking a ready-made travel solution will appreciate the Xplorer's convenient Talk Abroad SIM. However, mounting expenses for a basic rugged handset will turn away existing GSM phone owners.

April 27, 2011

3 stars Editors' rating April 27, 2011

MSRP: $199.99

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Motorola Defy XT (U.S. Cellular)

The Motorola Defy XT doesn't fear dust and water, but lacks the strength to power through smartphone tasks with speed.

September 13, 2012

3 stars Editors' rating September 13, 2012

MSRP: $79.99

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Motorola Electrify 2 (U.S. Cellular)

The $199.99 Motorola Electrify 2 is a thin, stylish performer on U.S. Cellular, but slow 3G data is its Achilles' heel.

August 27, 2012

3.5 stars Editors' rating August 27, 2012

MSRP: $149.99