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These days, it's a spectrum turf war for carriers. The more spectrum they have, the more power and coverage they have... so they'll do anything to acquire it. It's a highly limited asset, and Sprint is a carrier that needs more spectrum in the worst way. So, they're acquiring certain bits of U.S. Cellular spectrum to bolster their coverage. Additional spectrum will significantly increase Sprint's network capacity and further improve the customer experience in Chicago, St. Louis and other Midwest markets, which are some pretty monumental markets to be working in. Specifically, Sprint will acquire... Read more...
It's about time, isn't it? U.S. Cellular customers have waited six long, grueling years, and while other carriers have slowly but surely slid the iPhone into their lineups, USCC remained silent. Sure, it expanded coverage, gained LTE and offered up plenty of Android superphones, but yet, no iPhone. It was no doubt a gaping hole in the product portfolio, and it looks as if that hole will finally be plugged before the end of this year. According to the company, it'll offer a variety of iPhones "later this year," and it sure sounds as if an LTE-enabled iPad may also be in the cards. It's not saying... Read more...
Samsung's Galaxy S 4 is being pushed out to a lot of carriers. A lot. A whole lot -- and if you had any doubts about just how many partners would be getting these things in the coming weeks, listen up: even U.S Cellular has announced that it'll join the Big Guys. On April 30th, USCC customers will be able to pick up a new GS4. Preorders will also begin shipping that same day along with the exclusive, free S View flip covers that were a part of the presale. The device will be available in stores on Tuesday, April 30. U.S. Cellular is offering the 16GB device in White Frost and Black Mist and it... Read more...
It's not too often you hear of a ZTE-built phone destined for American shores, but that's what is happening with the introduction of the ZTE Director. The smartphone will be hitting U.S. Cellular soon, running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and boasting a 1GHz processor, 3.5" touch panel, 4GB of built-in storage, an expandable memory card slot, 3MP rear camera and a 1500mAh battery. As the specifications suggest, this is a lower-end phone, but there's clearly a market for those given the crowd coming over from the flip-phone universe. Best of all, the phone will be sold for $0.01 on a 2-year... Read more...
In recent years, US Cellular has grown from just another regional carrier, to a carrier that's getting practically everything that the big guys are getting -- except the iPhone, of course. That aside, even LTE has come quickly to USCC customers, and there's good news for those who aren't yet covered. By the end of 2013, USCC customers in more than 3,800 additional cities and towns will have access to 4G LTE speeds. Currently, 61 percent of U.S. Cellular customers have access to 4G LTE speeds and 87 percent are expected to be covered by the end of the year. New 4G LTE service will be launched in... Read more...
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... Read more...
It's no iPhone killer. In fact, it's not even a smartphone. But these days, in a world seemingly saturated with slate-styled handsets that require a $30/month+ data plan to keep active, it's somewhat refreshing to see a simple alternative that gets back to the basics. For those in need of a phone that does little more than make/receive calls and texts, Samsung is introducing the Chrono with U.S. Cellular. It's a traditional flip-phone, equipped with Bluetooth, basic Web services, an integrated VGA camera, 51MB of internal memory and a dark grey outer shell. It weighs but 3.14oz., offers a 2.0"... Read more...
More 4G? We'll take it! And we're talking about real 4G, not this HSPA+ stuff that T-Mobile USA and AT&T seem to be tooting their horns about. U.S. Cellular, one of the larger regional carriers in America, has recently announced that they'll soon be delivering high-speed LTE services and LTE devices to more than 25 percent of its customers across two dozen markets in time for the holiday season. The carrier's partnering with King Street Wireless in order to make it all come together, and with this, it's yet another check in LTE's favor and another blow to WiMAX. The initial LTE rollout for... Read more...
Generally speaking, cellphone carriers aren't looking out for consumers. In fact, many customers would argue that they're simply out to get them, tacking on as many fees as possible while offering lackluster service and coverage. Thus, it's quite surprising to see this. U.S. Cellular, a small, regional CDMA carrier in America, has just launched a new battery swap program that we can only hope the "big boys" learn from.Put simply, the Battery Swap program enables its customers to simply come into any USCC store and change out a dead or dying battery for a fully-charged one, for free. As you've likely... Read more...