US Cellular’s first Windows Phone 8 handset to be the Samsung SCH-R860U?
US Cellular announced its support for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 last year, but it didn’t launch any devices based on it until now. And while we don’t know when it will do it, it looks like we know something about what could be its first WP8 handset.
Blog of Mobile (in Japanese) believes that the Samsung SCH-R860U, which has just been approved by the FCC (see here), is headed to US Cellular, and is running Windows Phone 8. the SCH-R860U features LTE connectivity, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, and will look something like:
Unfortunately, we have no more details on the Samsung SCH-R860U at the moment.
US Cellular is currently selling only one Windows Phone handset, namely the ZTE Render, which runs WP 7.5 (and will obviously not be updated to WP 8). The ZTE Render is offered for $0.01 on contract, or $299.99 without any agreement.
As for LTE-capable smartphones, the carrier is already offering five of them, all based on Android: Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Note II, Samsung Galaxy Metrix, Samsung Galaxy Axiom, and Motorola Electrify M. The sixth will be out in the next few weeks, and is the brand new Samsung Galaxy S4 – this runs Android Jelly Bean, and will be available to pre-order starting April 16.