U.S. Cellular starts pushing Android 8.0 Oreo update to the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+

It looks like U.S. Cellular is among the last carriers in the United States to release Android 8.0 Oreo updates for Samsung’s last year flagships, the Galaxy S8 and S8+. If you’ve purchased either of the two smartphones from U.S. Cellular, then you have two options through which to upgrade your phone.

You can either wait to be notified when the OTA update is available for download, or you can get it via Samsung Kies. The main benefits of the Android 8.0 Oreo, Picture-in-Picture, Autofill, improved notification system, are included in the update offered by U.S. Cellular.

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Apple is offering free repairs if your iPhone 7 won't connect to a cellular network

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Apple is providing iPhone 7 owners with free repairs if they have one of the “small percentage” of devices that do not properly connect with a cellular network. 

The affected iPhone 7 devices will show “No Service” in the status bar at times even when cellular coverage is available in the area. The defect comes from a failed component on the main logic board, according to Apple’s website

The affected devices were manufactured from Sept. 2016 to Feb. 2018 and were sold in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macao, and the U.S., according to Apple. 

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How to check the cellular signal strength of your Android device

Say what you want, but smartphones are all reliant on that pesky signal strength indicator on the status bar. You know, it’s the one you normally don’t pay much attention to, but once your Internet connectivity dies out, you immediately start praying to the gods of the cellular connectivity. Often, there’s little you can do besides restarting the device and waiting for the problem to fix itself – poor cell reception is caused by being in congested urban environments, below ground, or in really bad weather, as all of these will reduce your phone’s chances of communicating with …

Save $50 on the purchase of an Apple Watch Series 3 cellular from T-Mobile

This is the time of the year when carriers and retailers wield price slashing tools allowing them to offer deals on mobile devices. Starting today, both online and inside T-Mobile stores, you can save $50 on an Apple Watch Series 3 cellular smartwatch. Purchase the timepiece with a T-Mobile Equipment Installment Plan and activate a T-Mobile DIGITS plan (allowing you to use the same phone number for your T-Mobile smartphone on your Apple Watch), and the $50 will be given to you in the form of monthly bill credits (approximately $2.08/month over 24 months).

Or, you can decide to receive three …

Save $200 on the fifth-generation Verizon Apple iPad at Best Buy (Wi-Fi + Cellular)


If you’re seeking out a capable tablet today (Black Friday), Best Buy has a deal that you might find interesting. All Verizon branded fifth-generation iPad tablets with Wi-Fi and Cellular have been cut in price by $200 with an important caveat; you need to sign a two-year contract with Big Red. After the discounts take effect, the 32GB variant will cost you $259. For $359, your iPad will feature 128GB of storage. The usual prices for the tablets are $459 and $559, respectively.

The Gold and Space Gray models can be purchased on Best Buy’s website with other options available at the Big …

Get an iPhone 8 or Samsung Galaxy S8 for free (with trade-in) at U.S Cellular on Black Friday

With just a few days ahead of Black Friday, U.S. Cellular revealed its offerings and judging by what the carrier announced, many will be very pleased with these deals. But let’s start with the accessories that you’ll be able to get at the end of the week.

For example, the Google Home will be discounted by $50, while the LG Tones and Parrot Drones will be 30% off on Black Friday. On top of that, U.S. Cellular announced that customers who purchase at least $120 in accessories can pay for them on their bill over 12 months, $0 down and interest-free.

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Unlimited plans introduction brought both good and bad news to U.S. Cellular

US Cellular, which is the fifth largest carrier by subscriber numbers, after Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, released very pleasant for investors quarterly results last week, and saw its stock jump significantly. It turns out, unlimited data plans are to “blame” for the carrier’s stellar performance. After introducing them back in February, U.S. Cellular saw a 51% data consumption increase on its network, but also a jump in subscriber rates.
Nearly a third of its Total plan users are on the unlimited option now, and the average subscriber goes through 3.1 GB …

Will the Chinese government take away the cellular connectivity of the new Huawei Watch 2 Pro?

The first Android Wear powered smartwatch that uses an eSIM has been introduced by Huawei. The Huawei Watch 2 Pro uses an embedded SIM card which allows the timepiece to connect by itself to a cellular network. With the device, users can make phone calls, send and receive texts, go online and more, all without pairing to a smartphone. The timepiece, which does bare a resemblance to the older “classic” model, carries a 1.2-inch AMOLED screen, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100. 768GB of RAM is inside along with 4GB of native storage. Android Wear 2.0 is pre-installed.

Because the …

Apple Watch Series 3 users in China have their cellular connection cut off abruptly

Apple Watch Series 3 users in China were enjoying the wearable’s new stand alone capability that allows it to make calls, send and receive texts, and go online even without pairing with a nearby Apple iPhone. But on September 28th, just a few days after the timepiece launched globally, China pulled the cellular connection from the Apple Watch. The apparent reason for this action has to do with how China monitors its citizens who use cellular enabled devices.

The Chinese government requires consumers who need a SIM card for an online device, to register their real name with the wireless operator …

LG V30+ is no longer exclusive to Sprint, U.S. Cellular sells it for $850

Sprint announced last month that the LG V30+ will be available exclusively through its online and retail stores, at least for some time. Well, it looks like the US carrier jumped the gun with the announcement since U.S. Cellular now offers the V30+ as well.

For those who don’t want to purchase the LG V30+ at Sprint, U.S. Cellular offers the chance to grab the flagship smartphone for no less than $850 on prepaid, or $30.20 per month for 30 months.

In addition, U.S. Cellular is selling the regular LG V30 model as well, and customers can buy it for $800 on prepaid …