U.S. Cellular

U.S. Cellular has slowly been unveiling its 4G LTE plans, and now it's announced some of new markets, along with Mobile HotSpot availability.

The additional markets include select cities in Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Some of the cities included are in the areas of Rockford and Peoria, Ill.; Columbia and Jefferson City, Mo.; Manchester, N.H.; Wilmington and Jacksonville, N.C.; Tulsa, Okla.; Medford, Ore.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Roanoke and Lynchburg, Va.; Yakima and the Tri-Cities, Wash.; Morgantown, W. Va. and LaCrosse and Beloit, Wis.

U.S. Cellular will expand its device lineup, but for now Samsung devices will play a key roll with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1Samsung Galaxy S Aviator and a Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot being made available starting in March. By the end of 2012, U.S. Cellular will have 54 percent of customers able to take advantage of 4G LTE speeds. You can catch the full press release after the break.

U.S. CELLULAR ANNOUNCES NEXT 4G LTE MARKETS AND MOBILE HOTSPOT AVAILABILITY

Millions more customers will have access to faster 4G LTE speeds

CHICAGO (Feb. 16, 2012) – U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM), in conjunction with its partner, King Street Wireless, announced the next markets that will experience high-speed 4G LTE services. In the second half of 2012, customers in more than 3,600 additional cities and towns in urban and rural areas will have access to 4G LTE speeds that are up to 10 times faster than 3G and similar to a cable Internet connection. In addition, the Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot will join the Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1 and Samsung Galaxy S® Aviator™ smartphone in U.S. Cellular’s 4G LTE device line-up in the spring, and the company will launch a 4G LTE modem and additional 4G LTE smartphones throughout the rest of the year.

4G LTE speeds provide an enhanced wireless experience with faster web browsing, smooth video streaming, video chatting with no buffering and speedy app downloads. 4G LTE devices will be available in all U.S. Cellular stores beginning with the Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1 next month, so customers can purchase the devices when they are available and use them on U.S. Cellular’s high-quality 3G network, and receive all of the benefits of 4G LTE speeds when it comes to their area.

By the end of 2012, 54 percent of customers will be able to enjoy the faster 4G LTE speeds. The additional markets include select cities in Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Some of the cities included are in the areas of Rockford and Peoria, Ill.; Columbia and Jefferson City, Mo.; Manchester, N.H.; Wilmington and Jacksonville, N.C.; Tulsa, Okla.; Medford, Ore.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Roanoke and Lynchburg, Va.; Yakima and the Tri-Cities, Wash.; Morgantown, W. Va. and LaCrosse and Beloit, Wis.

“We’re excited to bring access to 4G LTE speeds along with a growing line-up of cutting-edge 4G LTE devices to more customers across the country later this year,” said Mary N. Dillon, president and CEO of U.S. Cellular. “With this 4G LTE network expansion, customers will have faster connections to the people, information and entertainment that enhance and simplify their lives and help them stay organized.”

The Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot provides Internet connectivity for up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously. Users will have the freedom to connect any Wi-Fi enabled device, including laptops, tablets, e-readers and smartphones, to the 4G LTE network for instant access to the fastest speeds on-the-go. At only 2.7 ounces, the Hotspot is small enough to fit in your pocket but has the power to bring the Internet at 4G LTE speeds to friends, family and co-workers wherever you need it. Additional 4G LTE devices will be announced at a later date.

The 4G LTE network builds on the 3G data services that U.S. Cellular customers already enjoy on the carrier’s nationwide network. U.S. Cellular has the highest call quality and network satisfaction of any national carrier, along with the only points-based rewards program in wireless. For more information about the 4G LTE experience, visit uscellular.com/4G.

About King Street Wireless, L.P.
King Street Wireless, L.P. currently holds 700 MHz wireless spectrum in 27 states and is partnering with Chicago-based U.S. Cellular to deliver high-speed 4G LTE service to U.S. Cellular’s customers in several of the carrier’s markets.  King Street Wireless is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia where it is recognized for its involvement in its community both through its economic development and philanthropic efforts. To learn more about King Street Wireless, visit www.kingstreetwireless.com.

About U.S. Cellular
U.S. Cellular rewards its customers with unmatched benefits and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier has a strong line-up of cutting-edge devices that are all backed by its high-speed nationwide network that has the highest call quality of any national carrier. U.S. Cellular was named a J.D. Power and Associates 2011 Customer Service Champion and received PC Magazine’s 2011 Readers’ Choice Award. To learn more about U.S. Cellular, visit one of its retail stores or uscellular.com. To get the latest news, promos and videos, connect with U.S. Cellular on Facebook.com/uscellular, Twitter.com/uscellular and YouTube.com/uscellularcorp.
 

 
There are 8 comments

joelkamp says:

maybe now Verizon can sign a 3g roaming agreement with US cellular in western IL.

myester says:

I hope Verizon signs an LTE agreement with USCC so I can have 4G in Eastern NC.

SteveIowa says:

U.S. Cellular Rocks! With one & done contracts, very early phone upgrade. In as early as 11 months! Discount for auto pay, Free Battery swap, 5GB for $30, never an upgrade fee, and real down Home Customer Service. Now 4G/LTE to Sweeten the pot. I truly Love U.S. Cellular. So much so, I became a U.S. Cellular Customer Crew Member!

RWC4USC says:

Thank You for your loyalty friend. A good list of reasons why US Cellular truly is the home of the happiest customers in wireless.

swear0730 says:

I want so bad to go back to U.S. Cellular. I left for Sprint 5 years ago and have regretted it since. With 4 lines and varying contract end dates I've always felt stuck.

Here I am in Madison, WI, one of USCC's launching 4G markets and Sprint's WiMax being a joke and Sprint throws me a bone. I am terminating my contract with Sprint due to their recent "material change to the original contact". Had the conversation, got a case number so I’m all set.

So, I will move to either U.S. Cellular or Verizon. Problem is that I have until March 23rd to change and we currently have 2 Epic Touch 4G's and 2 Epic 4G's and U.S. Cellular doesn't currently have anything I can call competing equipment. They've discontinued the Mesmerize, their only keyboard slider is still running Froyo and they aren't getting the Galaxy SII until ???. I have the Photon so I know what we'd get into with the Electrify. Love the radio. Hate the interface

To go to USCC I'd have to go to Craigslist or Ebay and buy used Mesmerizes and use them until the SGSII arrives. Yeah, my wife and son will be pissed because they have to go down a notch in screen size and speed and my daughters will be disappointed because they'll lose their sliders.

I sure do wish I had a better solution. At least I have a few weeks to figure something out!
(cool story bro)

gmmech says:

Actually the HTC Merge is running Gingerbread.

BBtech3632 says:

Sorry to bust your bubble bud but USCC's SGSII isnt going to be able to harness their 4g LTE network. The only phone that will be able to do so is the Samsung Galaxy S Aviator. Which is a Galaxy S variant (with a 4.3in screen). SGSII is 3g EVDO only :( sad deal, i know

swear0730 says:

I was wrong on two different things. Thanks for posting up the correct info. Unfortunately, this just pushes me closer to Verizon. Their first 4G phone is at best a Mesmerize with a bigger screen and better camera.