It looks like U.S. Cellular is one of the first U.S.-based carriers to kick-off the promotional offers for this Christmas. Starting today through December 25, all smartphones are available for under $100 to all new customers who sign up for a new two-year agreement.
The promotion comprises Android, BlackBerry and Windows smartphones including the Samsung Mesmerize, which is available for just a penny with an instant rebate.
In addition, customers can purchase until December 25, the Motorola ELECTRIFY and HTC 7 Pro for $99.99 (75 EUR) after a $100 mail-in rebate, and the HTC Hero S and BlackBerry Torch 9850 for $99.99 (75 EUR) instantly.
However, there's more to it. U.S. Cellular offer the BlackBerry Curve 9350 and the new Samsung Repp for free after rebate, and with an instant rebate, the HTC Wildfire S and LG Optimus U will be free as well.
As always, U.S. Cellular offers the 2,000 point bonus to all new customers who get one of the carrier's phones with a long term contract. Existing U.S. Cellular customers who add an additional line will also get the 2,000 point bonus from U.S. Cellular.
The best choice for a new U.S. Cellular customer would be the Belief Plans, which are known for their loyalty and reward system for doing simple things like paying bills on time, adding a line or referring friends and family.
However, those who don't need lots of minutes, the carrier's new $39.99 plan is a better choice. It can be customized with messaging and data options and offers subscribers 450 minutes, free incoming calls, texts and pics, mobile-to-mobile calls, and nights and weekends beginning at 7:00 p.m. This is a Belief Plan as well, so customers will get the same rewards and bonuses.
“Join the happiest customers in wireless and start getting rewarded just for being a customer. Our rewards program gives you points for things you really want, like free phones and faster phone upgrades without signing another contract,” said David Kimbell, vice president of marketing for U.S. Cellular.