US Cellular recently announced an expansion to their 4G LTE network. And following up today, the carrier has announced another 4G LTE capable smartphone. The handset is the Motorola ELECTRIFY M and it will be available beginning on November 8. Well, more specifically, the handset will be available online from November 8 and then show up in retail stores on November 9.
Availability dates aside, lets talk features. The Motorola ELECTRIFY M will be running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich at launch. It was noted that the handset is upgradeable to Jelly Bean, however given the past history with Motorola, we would suggest not counting on that. Otherwise, the ELECTRIFY M has a “virtually borderless” 4.3-inch display, dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 2000 mAh battery, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with HDR. The handset is scratch-resistant and water-repellant and also has NFC support.
In terms of the price, this will vary depending on the market you live. If you live in a US Cellular 4G LTE market the price will be $99.99. If live outside of those 4G LTE markets, you will pay $149.99. And just to note, both of those prices come after a $100 mail-in rebate and along with a two-year agreement.
[press]U.S. Cellular To Launch Next 4G LTE Smartphone, Motorola Electrify M
Will be available online November 8 and in stores on November 9
CHICAGO (November 1, 2012) – Next week, U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM) and Motorola Mobility will unleash Motorola ELECTRIFY™ M – the 4G LTE high-performance smartphone with the big screen and super compact design. Available on uscellular.com on November 8 and in U.S. Cellular stores the next day, the Android™-powered ELECTRIFY M will be attractively priced at $99.99 after $100 mail-in rebate in markets where U.S. Cellular offers 4G LTE service and elsewhere at $149.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate.
“The Motorola ELECTRIFY M is a great choice for customers who want a smartphone that gives them fast access to information and entertainment and can also help them stay organized,” said Edward Perez, vice president of sales and marketing operations for U.S. Cellular. “As we continue to roll out the 4G LTE network to more customers between now and the end of the year, we’re providing more options to help them select the right 4G LTE device that meets their needs and can enhance their lives.”
The ELECTRIFY M comes equipped with a captivating 4.3-inch, virtually borderless display. Tapping out texts and emails is easier than ever, while reading on the go no longer puts a strain on the eyes. Web pages, apps, videos – it’s all clear on the vibrant, high resolution Super AMOLED Advanced display.
But don’t let the size fool you – ELECTRIFY M packs the high performance and web browsing power of your home computer in the palm of your hand. With 4G LTE speeds and a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, ELECTRIFY M lets you load web pages in a flash and multi-task like a pro. Surf the web quickly with Google Chrome™ and sync with your desktop version of Google Chrome to share bookmarks and view the same tabs. You’ll also have access to more than 675,000 Android apps and games, millions of songs and books and thousands of movies and TV shows with Google Play™.
The ELECTRIFY M is built to handle the bumps, scrapes and slips of daily life. It has a scratch-resistant display made of Corning® Gorilla® Glass and a splash guard coating to protect the device, and everything you have in it, from the ever-present threats of rain and morning coffee.
“With the Motorola ELECTRIFY M, we focused on putting a premium smartphone experience in a compact and convenient package,” said Jeff Miller, corporate vice president, North America Go-to-Market, Motorola Mobility. “The result is a pint-sized powerhouse that lets U.S. Cellular customers surf faster, play longer and see more without compromise.”
The ELECTRIFY M is an ideal travel companion too. Whether you’re on foot, in the car or headed out on your bike, type or speak your destination and Motorola ELECTRIFY ™ M will lead you there, with free turn-by-turn directions and voice guidance. Customers can search for restaurants, businesses and theaters, and get reviews from people in their Google+ Circles. You can also download maps and call them up later when you’re offline. Voice Actions help you send text messages, read directions, place calls or play music when you don’t have a free hand.
Virtually borderless 4.3-inch display
1.5 GHz dual core processor
Scratch-resistant and water-repellant
Long-lasting 2000 mAh battery
NFC support to share links, apps, YouTube™ clips and more with Android Beam™
Android 4.0.4, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, upgradeable
8 MP rear-facing camera with HDR, 1.3 MP front facing camera for video chatting
Customers who purchase the Motorola ELECTRIFY M from U.S. Cellular receive benefits no other carrier offers, such as no contract after the first, free Battery Swap and the only points-based rewards program in the industry.
U.S. Cellular, in partnership with King Street Wireless, currently offers 4G LTE service covering 31 percent of their customers and 58 percent of U.S. Cellular customers will enjoy faster 4G LTE speeds by the end of the year. For more information about the 4G LTE experience, visit uscellular.com/4G.
For more information on the Motorola ELECTRIFY M, please visit www.motorola.com/electrifym.[/press]