U.S. Cellular is adding two more Android models to its smartphone lineup, including an LG QWERTY slider and the carrier’s own edition of the Optimus One.
The Optimus U will be yet another carrier-specific branding of LG’s Optimus One; other such models are already available with Sprint and T-Mobile, with Verizon joining the picture this week. The phone’s already a hit with a million handsets shipped. U.S. Cellular hasn’t yet revealed what it will be charging customers for the device when it comes out next month, but others have been positioning it as free-after-rebate.
Before the Optimus U arrives, U.S. Cellular will get its hands on the LG Apex QWERTY slider. The Android 2.1 installation should warn you the Apex isn’t quite cutting-edge, but the price may attract customers looking to just dip their toes in the smartphone pool. The hardware includes a three-megapixel camera and 3.2-inch screen. Though we can’t confirm it just yet, the Apex bears more than a passing resemblance to Verizon’s LG Ally, which may share the same hardware. You’ll be able to buy one starting this Friday for around $80 after rebates and signing on for service.
The addition of these two handsets to U.S. Cellular’s offerings will bring the carrier’s selection of Android devices up to six.