If you think every carrier in America is racing to get to tiered data before LTE
becomes as ubiquitous as 3G already is, hold up. U.S. Cellular has just issued a new pricing promotion for its existing users, and for heavy smartphone users within one of the carrier's LTE markets, it's a pretty reasonable deal. You'll be able to select a $40/month data plan per smartphone, which entitles you to unlimited LTE data. Sadly, that doesn't include tethering by default; that'll run you an extra $20 per month, but that leaves you with a $60/month solution where you can surf on your phone and on anything else with a Wi-Fi connection.
U.S. Cellular recently expanded its 4G LTE service to more reach customers in Iowa, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Wisconsin, and rolled out 4G LTE service to some of its leading markets in Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia. By the end of the year, 58 percent of U.S. Cellular's customers will have access to 4G LTE speeds. U.S. Cellular is also offering $100 instant rebates on some its smartphones, including the Galaxy S III for $199 and the Huawei Ascend Y for just a penny. And customers who purchase any smartphone or tablet can get the 4G LTE Samsung SCH-LC11 hotspot for free.
It'll be interesting to see how long the carrier can hold up with this promo, and if any national carriers
follow suit. If you're interested in buying in, you best hurry -- the offer expires on 1/31/2013.