US Cellular has decided to continue to expand their Smartphone lineup with the Samsung Mesmerize. The Mesmerize is part of Samsungs Galaxy S series and will help US Cellular reach their promise of 5 Smartphones being introduced in 2010 (This is their fourth , and their third Android phone.)
This new phone is similar to the other Galaxy S phones, with very similar internal features and only slight cosmetic differences, but this will also be loaded with proprietary US Cellular programs like the Navigator Deluxe and City ID. US Cellular has been left out of the big time competition with the Droid and iPhone, but they are on the right track by building relationships with these secondary companies. Samsung, HTC, and LG who plans to release 2 Smartphones through US Cellular later this year are all innovating as quickly as any company and should have a real competitor to the Big 2 sooner rather than later.
The current release date is set for October 27th and prices are claimed to be $199 after an $80 mail in rebate. It will run with Android 2.1 out of the box, but US Cellular has claimed that it will be upgraded to 2.2 by the end of the year.
Reviews aren’t currently available, but the Galaxy S phones have a strong track record among users and we expect this phone to be no different. We will update this post or write a full review once customers get a chance to get their hands on the new phone.