Samsung's Windows Phone 8 ATIV Odyssey coming to US Cellular

Samsung's low-cost ATIV Odyssey smartphone, which runs Windows Phone 8, made its debut in the U.S. earlier this year as an exclusive for Verizon Wireless. Now it looks like that exclusivity period is coming to an end, as the ATIV Odyssey will soon be available from another source.

Engadget has posted up some leaked promotional flyers that show the Samsung ATIV Odyssey will be sold by U.S. Cellular, the nation's fifth-largest wireless carrier. The promo materials don't have any information on pricing or an exact release date, but the phone should be available for sale from U.S. Cellular any day now. This will be the first Windows Phone 8 device sold by the company.

There doesn't appear to be any hardware differences between the Verizon and U.S. Cellular versions of the ATIV Odyssey, apart from the U.S. Cellular logo on the back. The ATIV Odyssey will still have a four inch 800x480 WVGA Super AMOLED display, a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage, a 5-megapixel rear camera and an 1.2-megpixel front-facing camera. Neowin gave a favorable review of the Verizon version of the ATIV Odyssey in February.

Source: Engadget | Image via Engadget

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What for? US Cellular is going out of business. They were bought by Sprint which is stupid. None of US Cellular phone work on Sprints network which forces you to buy a new device if you choose to go with Sprint, which numbers show Sprint didn't get as many US Cellular customers as they thought.

So why would Samsung waste time with a phone? No one was really going ot buy it, since its a Windows Phone. But now no one is really going to buy it because they company is out of business.

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What for? US Cellular is going out of business. They were bought by Sprint which is stupid. None of US Cellular phone work on Sprints network which forces you to buy a new device if you choose to go with Sprint, which numbers show Sprint didn't get as many US Cellular customers as they thought.

So why would Samsung waste time with a phone? No one was really going ot buy it, since its a Windows Phone. But now no one is really going to buy it because they company is out of business.

Only 10% of US Cellular was sold to Sprint. Although, it doesn't look good when you need to sell customers to get operating cash.

I was part of that 10%, so I abandoned ship and went to T-Mobile.

That's one ugly looking phone with pretty average specs. Unless it cost like $129 unlocked or something I'd rather get a lower end Lumia any day. At least they look better if nothing else. Is Samsung trying to make Windows Phone look bad? Why even bother?