Well now, this is a pleasant surprise. Today Cellular South announced that it is now offering the Motorola Milestone to its customers for $149.99 (after mail-in rebate). The Milestone name had been used only by the GSM/UMTS version of the CDMA Motorola DROID that Verizon Wireless offers. This Milestone, however, runs on CDMA networks, which means it has basically a DROID with a different name.
The Cellular South Milestone ships with Android 2.1 loaded, and offers the same 3.7-inch touchscreen display as the Verizon model. Other highlights include a 5mp camera with dual-LED flash, support for 32GB microSD [...]
While it doesn’t come as an over the air download, it is now possible for Cellular South customers to manually update their HTC Hero smartphones to the Android 2.1 operating system.
The download file and instructions for applying it can be found on the Cellular South website.
It seems that those crazy folks at Cellular South are going to upstage Sprint by offering the same HTC Hero, a fantastic device, for a mere $99.99 with contract. It has also opened up pre-sales for the Hero.
The device is offered on a $79.99 unlimited data, voice, and texting plan. And if you get one of these smartphone plans, you can get a second unlimited smartphone plan for only $39.99. You still need to buy the second Hero, but that’s a pretty good deal for families.
More info available at the Cellular South website.
It appears that rural U.S. carrier Cellular South is going to offer the same chinless CDMA version of the HTC Hero as Sprint. The company now has a web page for the Hero up on its website, and the photos appear to show a clone of the Sprint version.
No official word yet on pricing or an exact launch date, but the company does have a sign-up for that ensure that interested customers and potential customers will be notified when the device is ready for purchase.
You can find more info on the Cellular South website.
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This won’t really matter to many people, but small U.S. carrier Cellular South announced today that it is going to offer an Android based smartphone to its customers this year. Details are non-existant at this point, so it’s anybody’s guess as to who will be making the device and whether or not it will just be a rebadged version of an existing model (like the HTC Dream).
Cellular South operates a CDMA based network in Tennesee, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. It is currently featuring a contest where people can submit an application idea to win cash and prizes as well as see the winning app idea developed by the company.