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U.S. Cellular To Add Galaxy S II To Their Lineup, No Love For LTE

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Like the original Galaxy S before it, Samsung’s Galaxy S II sure knows how to get around. After having touched down on Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T (twice even), the Korean giant’s one-time flagship handset is now being embraced by the folks at U.S. Cellular.

Customers who have pledged their allegiance to the nation’s sixth-largest wireless carrier are probably celebrating the news, considering the last big Android handset to grace their shelves was the Motorola Electrify, a non-WiMax version of the Photon 4G.

As far as specs go, U.S. Cellular’s GSII variant plays it straight — it sports the same 1.2GHz Exynos C210 processor that most of the U.S. models do, as well as the bog-standard 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 8-megapixel camera, and 16GB of onboard storage. Oh, and expect it to feature the now-classic Gingerbread/TouchWiz combo we’ve come to know and tolerate.

Sure, the Galaxy S II may seem passe these days (especially with MWC right around the corner), but good hardware is still good hardware. Sadly, U.S. Cellular’s version of the Galaxy S II is 3G-only, so anyone looking to pick it up won’t be able to jump on their LTE network when it lights up later this year. It’s not as though the hardware doesn’t exist — AT&T’s Skyrocket features an LTE radio — but for now it seems like U.S. Cellular customers will have to make do with a revamped Galaxy S if they want their mobile LTE fix.

U.S. Cellular’s is keeping mum on the Galaxy S II’s release, but that should give customers a little time to either weigh their options or scrimp together $230.