By Andrew Berg
U.S. Cellular today announced that it will launch four Android devices through the end of 2010.
According to a press release, the Samsung Acclaim will be available on July 9, and the HTC Desire, with a vibrant 3.7-inch touch screen, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 5-megapixel camera and Wi-Fi, is on tap for early August.
The company goes on to say that “another highly-anticipated Samsung device and an LG device” will be in stores in October.
The Samsung Acclaim is an exclusive to U.S. Cellular. It has a slide-out qwerty keyboard with a 3.2-inch touch screen, 3-megapixel camera and Wi-Fi.
The carrier also said it will release the BlackBerry Bold in early August and later this year it will offer a BlackBerry flip smartphone with a full qwerty keyboard.
News of higher-end devices for a smaller carrier like U.S. Cellular comes in the shadow of an ongoing debate about whether exclusivity contracts, like the one between Apple and AT&T, limit customer choice.
U.S. Cellular just came under new leadership with the appointment of Mary Dillon as the company’s new CEO. Dillon replaces longtime veteran Jack Rooney as head of the regional carrier.