Though Verizon may have gotten the ball rolling, every carrier and his brother is now looking to get into some LTE action. MetroPCS is ahead of the pack, and AT&T is in the process of launching its own LTE offering. We know that Sprint will be joining-up further down the line, but who can we look to for LTE service in the near future? U.S. Cellular had announced plans to start its network off in 25 markets by the end of the year, and we’ve just received some evidence of what may be its first LTE smartphone undergoing some pre-release testing.
By the looks of this screenshot, Samsung’s SCH-R930 could be the smartphone to help christen U.S. Cellular’s LTE network. We don’t know much about the phone itself; it received its WiFi certification back in June, and has also been cleared by the Bluetooth SIG. Presumably, we’re looking at an Android device, and other Samsung smartphones with similar model numbers reinforce the picture of an Android on a non-major carrier. The R910, for instance, is the Samsung Indulge on MetroPCS LTE, the R915 the Indulge on Cricket, and the R920 is a MetroPCS model we’ve spotted taking test pics.
We don’t have any details on when this specific model might arrive, but presumably plans are still on-track for an end-of-year LTE launch.