In order to spur some early Christmas shopping, US Cellular has a Black Friday deal for people opening up a contract on a new line while buying a smart phone. The customer will get $150 credit towards their bill if they meet the following requirements:
- Open a new line – either as a new customer or adding a new line to an existing plan
- Buy a smart phone
- Do so by the end of Monday, Nov. 29
The program is called the $150 Smartphone Activation Credit. You can get it by going to a store now, calling the carrier or going to their website.
If a customer does buy a smartphone from US Cellular they can expect to pay a least $70/month on the Primary Plus Plan which comes with the following:
- 5GB of data
- Unlimited text, picture and video messaging
- GPS navigation
- Unlimited incoming calls from any phone during nights and weekends
- Free calls between mobile phones on US Cellular
- 450 minutes.
A family plan like the Essential Plus Family would be $139.99/month with 1500 shared minutes plus the benefits above but on two lines.
Some of the smart phones they offer include the Samsung Mesmerize, an Android phone with a 4” Super AMOLED touch screen and a 5MP camera. It only comes with Android 2.1, however. It costs $99.99. See below left.
Another option would be the HTC Desire for $49.99. It is also an Android 2.1 phone with a fast 1GHz Snapdragon processor. The screen is 3.7” and also has a 5MP camera.
These are not the latest or greatest Android phones on the market, but if you are already a US Cellular customer looking to add a new line or for a basic smartphone, they might be a good option. Over the life of a two-year contract remember that $150 would only amount to monthly savings of $6.25. It might be better to go with a company that has some more up to date offerings and pay the extra six bucks.