If you’re a US Cellular customer who’s ready to get your hands on Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4, the oven’s getting warmer.

The Note 4 won’t be available in US retail stores and carrier stores until this Friday, October 17, but there are a number of carriers who’re now allowing customers to pre-order the device. US Cellular, the nation’s fifth largest carrier behind the likes of Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint, now joins the list of US carriers that are happily anticipating the arrival of Samsung’s most prestigious device of 2014.

If your US cellular contract has expired, or will within the next few weeks, you can pick up the Galaxy Note 4 for $299.99 down with a two-year agreement. If you want something off-contract, US Cellular now allows a monthly prepaid payment option for $32.09 per month for 24 months – akin to T-Mobile’s “Simple Choice” plans that still run the same amount of time that a two-year contract would but allow the customer to pay off the remaining balance, instead of an expensive $350 early termination fee (or ETF), for example, when breaking the contract.

The price of the US Cellular Galaxy Note 4 off-contract runs to somewhere around $770.16. To put this into perspective for US Cellular customers, the AT&T Galaxy Note 4 is priced at around $825 while the Verizon Galaxy Note 4 will cost you only $599.99. The total out-of-pocket cost for the Sprint Galaxy Note 4 is somewhere close to US Cellular’s, give or take some dollars. With that said, Verizon’s Galaxy Note 4 is the most affordable option on the list – by a landslide. If your contract is up for renewal with US Cellular, you may want to consider a national carrier such as Verizon that’ll not only offer you the latest smartphones at an affordable price, but also provides significantly better coverage than US Cellular’s regional network can provide.

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US Cellular is rather generous when it comes to those who wish to terminate their two-year contract early. The company requires its own $350 ETF but deducts approximately $15 a month from the fee depending on the number of months a customer has remained on his or her agreement. Keep in mind that just a year ago, US Cellular didn’t offer a monthly payment option – so the American regional carrier has made some excellent strides from years past.

Most US carriers offer the Galaxy Note for $299 with a two-year contract, but Verizon customers also have the choice of picking up the new Sony Xperia Z3v from the nation’s largest carrier for just $199 with a two-year agreement.

While we know that there are some interested customers who want to have bragging rights about their Galaxy Note 4 pre-order, we’ve also learned from experience that pre-orders arrive later down the line than high-end smartphones arrive in retail stores. So, while you may be the first to pre-order the device with American national carriers, keep in mind that your friends and family may be the first to get their hands on the device by waiting for the day the Galaxy Note 4 arrives. Pre-ordering serves its purpose for those who’re interested, but all American carrier customers won’t have to wait too much longer.


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