US Cellular can be added to the list of wireless carriers in the United States that will be “excited” to be carrying the new Microsoft phone OS when it is released this fall. “We believe in giving our customers the latest technology and device options and we are excited about the Windows 8 phone. It will be an important part of our device lineup going forward,” US Cellular’s public relations department says.
US Cellular has thus joined the likes of AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile as being very public supporters of Windows Phone 8, with Cricket, Sprint and MetroPCS among the few who are still playing coy at present. The presence of US Cellular and Verizon on the Windows Phone 8 list is giving hope that the new OS will receive better support in terms of CDMA-based networks than was the case with previous incarnations. Over the course of the two years since the launch of Windows Phone 7, just two Windows Phones came out with the radio technology that is used by five of the country’s seven top carriers, Sprint’s HTC Arrive (known as the HT7 Pro on US Cellular) and Verizon’s HTC Trophy.
Windows Phone 8 will support CDMA/LTE as well, which marks an important step for US Cellular, which has just launched their 4G LTE network.
US Cellular is the United States’ seventh largest cell phone carrier with nearly six million users.