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US Cellular rolls out Samsung Galaxy S4 mini for $49

Five months after launch, the Samsung Galaxy mini is making its way to various carriers stateside and the latest to get it is US Cellular. The network operator has pegged it at $50 with a two-year customer contract. Buyers are also required to sign up for a Shared Data plan and cough up $35 in activation fees.

On the other hand, Sprint is offering the phone for free on Black Friday if you’re willing to switch over from another service provider and sign up for a two-year contract. The scheme is also expected to be open to eligible upgrades.

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

Then there’s Verizon Wireless with its $100 price and two-year agreement for the Galaxy S4 mini. You can alternately go for the $16.81 monthly Edge plan which lets you upgrade to a new device each year without paying any special extra fees for that. US Cellular is vending the off-contract device for $500 to those who shy away from commitments.

Meanwhile, Sprint and Verizon customers will be able to get it for even lesser, at $400. Honestly, we wouldn’t be overly excited to welcome a gadget 5 months after release. That’s just putting too much time between the launch and market availability, enough time to other smartphones capture our fancy and make the old one feel, well, sort of old.

Quick look at the key specs:

– Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS
– 1.7GHz dual core processor
– 4.3” 540 x 960p touchscreen
– 8MP and 1.9MP cameras
– 1.5GB RAM, 8GB ROM
– 64GB microSD support
– 4G LTE capable
– 1900mAh battery
– 124.6mm x 61.3mm x 8.94mm
– 107g