Back in September, we were tipped-off to the existence of the Samsung SCH-R930, apparently an Android undergoing testing on the still-in-construction US Cellular LTE network. A couple months later, we learned of some more detailed plans for just what areas would see initial US Cellular LTE coverage, anticipated for going live sometime in Q1 2012. It now looks like things are really about to start happening; last night, the carrier tweeted announcements of its first LTE hardware, and today we see our old friend the Samsung SCH-R930 pop-up in its FCC filings, sporting a whole mess of LTE bands.
US Cellular has disclosed plans to offer an LTE-compatible tablet (presumably an Android) in late March, followed by a smartphone arriving sometime in April. There could always be another model that’s been in the works that slipped-by our radar, but it’s likely to be this SCH-R930 we’ve had our eye on.
The SCH-R930’s FCC paperwork shows regular CDMA coverage on 850 and 1900 MHz. For LTE service, the handset is compatible with bands 2, 4, 5, and 12, hitting frequencies in the 700MHz, 800MHz, 1700MHz, and 1850MHz ranges.
We haven’t yet heard what name the handset might take as it goes up for sale, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see it slip out in the coming weeks.